Federal, State & Local Government Contracts Lawyers | McDermott

Government Contracts


As the largest, most diverse and dynamic purchaser of goods and services in the world, the United States government offers advantages as a customer that few others can, including low payment and collection risk, stable demand and a commitment to using its purchasing power to stimulate innovation and the development of technologies with long-term commercial applications. But the opportunities of the federal market also carry a wide variety of significant and nuanced legal risks. Our Government Contracts practice draws on broad experience in all aspects of federal, state and local government procurement across industry sectors to help you grow your business, all while navigating with confidence the complex web of statutory, regulatory, contractual and common law requirements that govern the federal market.

We provide counsel based on a deep understanding of the full lifecycle of government acquisition, gleaned from our experience encompassing procurements by virtually every government agency. That experience includes assessing and resolving legal risks associated with new solicitations and opportunities; teaming agreement, subcontract and licensing negotiations; pre- and post-award bid protest litigation; and claims preparation and dispute resolution.

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  • Successfully challenged the award of a $268 million contract by the Department of Defense in a protest at GAO, resulting in the disqualification of the awardee and the award of the contract to the client; successfully defended separate GAO, then COFC protests by the disqualified awardee; and successfully defended the disqualified awardee’s appeal of the COFC decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • In an agency level protest, persuaded the contracting officer to remove an organizational conflict of interest provision that effectively excluded the client from the competition, and then successfully defended a GAO protest filed by a competitor seeking to reinstate the restrictive provision*
  • Represented a major flight training services company in the successful defense of a $200 million Army contract for fixed-wing training support*

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