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Government Contracts


Selling goods and services to the government, whether federal, state, local, or foreign, presents businesses with tremendous opportunities, but also significant challenges and risks. For more than 40 years, Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group has set the standard for effective legal guidance in this highly complex arena. Today, we have one of the largest and most reputable government contracts practices in the United States and worldwide.

We handle the toughest cases in all forums across the full spectrum of issues arising from work with the government, and we deliver big wins for our clients. Examples are a successful bid protest on behalf of Health Net of the award of a $16 billion Department of Defense (DOD) managed health care contract, securing dismissal of allegations on summary judgment and at trial of a False Claims Act case seeking single damages of $1 billion against ACADEMI (formerly Blackwater/Xe Services) under a Department of State security contract in Iraq and Afghanistan, and securing a judgment of over $100 million for SUFI in a breach of contract case against the Air Force.

Our experience and litigation victories have been recognized year after year, with Chambers USA listing our Government Contracts Group as a tier-one practice. In a recent issue, Chambers' editors described us as "one of the foremost practices in the market" and lauded our "ability to take on the largest cases on very short notice." Client praise was equally strong: one source said, "their commitment to the work we give them is simply unmatched by other firms," while another described our group as "among the very best in the field." We have also been named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" listing, which described our team of more than 50 lawyers as maintaining "depth and diversity of expertise."

We advise a broad range of clients, from privately held businesses to multinational, publicly-traded Fortune 100 corporations, as well as small non-profits, academic institutions, and emerging research and development enterprises. Our experience covers virtually every aspect of the increasingly complex and heavily regulated government contracts and grants process, from entering the government marketplace and bidding on public contracts to complying with complex regulatory regimes and performing contracts, litigating disputes, and handling terminations. Whether your company is competing for its first government contract or grant, or has a long history of working with dozens of agencies, Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group can provide consistent and comprehensive guidance and support to help foster growth and success, as well as get — and keep — companies out of hot water.

The size, scope, and depth of knowledge of our Government Contracts Group are unparalleled and span every facet of litigation, counseling, and transactions. The strength of our practice is bolstered by Crowell & Moring's outstanding Corporate, White Collar, Intellectual Property, International Trade, and Labor & Employment groups, to name but a few, who regularly partner with the Government Contracts Group in multidisciplinary teams designed to address the most complex government contracts issues. C&M International, our policy and consulting affiliate, also helps clients partner with governments to create procurement opportunities and resolve issues in markets around the world. Our clients depend on our experience regarding all aspects of government agreements and subcontracts (domestic or international) including the bidding and award process; ethics and compliance issues, including suspension and debarment; cost accounting rules and defective pricing; claims; audits and investigations; data rights; cybersecurity and privacy; export controls; security clearances; small business issues; domestic preference requirements; and due diligence and transactional assistance relating to mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Because of our experience, an answer to our client's problem can often be handled by a simple phone call.

Whether a client's dispute arises directly with a government agency or with another contractor, our highly skilled litigators draw on their years of success before administrative agencies, state and federal trial courts, and courts of appeal to resolve issues quickly and effectively. We regularly represent clients in bid protests, performance disputes, post-performance audits, government and law-enforcement investigations, and against allegations of fraud and false claims. We also draw on our experience from our most seasoned litigators to our highly trained junior lawyers to efficiently and effectively represent our clients, whether they are small, disadvantaged businesses or industry giants such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, United Technologies, and Siemens.