Bracewell’s government contracts practice assists clients of all sizes primarily in the energy, finance and technology industries navigate through the ever-changing statutory and regulatory landscape. Integrating government contracts capabilities into our existing litigation, transactional and regulatory practices is a natural extension of the firm’s strategy to ensure our Washington, D.C. office effectively services all federal government issues confronting our clients. Our team provides the full range of services needed by companies operating in the federal sector. Our experience ranges from representing entities in governmental and internal investigations, False Claims Act cases, bid protests and claims litigation before courts and administrative tribunals to advising these clients in transactional matters and compliance issues. Our lawyers understand and appreciate the highly regulated environment and the unique challenges facing companies operating in the public-sector marketplace, and work to secure complete solutions that further our clients’ business goals.
Our lawyers understand how bid protests impact our clients’ federal business and we have substantial depth, experience, and success pursuing and defending bid protests before federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Court of Federal Claims, and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Our lawyers are recognized leaders of the bid protest bar, and we have over the years built excellent relationships with federal agencies, the GAO, and the courts that enable us to advocate effectively whether serving in the role of intervenor or protester.
The False Claims Act is the government’s primary enforcement tool for combating fraud and abuse in government-funded programs and contracts relating to such varied areas as health care, defense and national security, food safety and inspection, federally insured loans and mortgages, highway funds, small business contracts, agricultural subsidies, disaster assistance, and import tariffs. Bracewell’s lawyers have represented numerous entities and individuals from a broad range of industries in False Claims Act matters, ranging from government investigations to trials and appeals.
Successfully representing clients in government and internal investigations related to government contracts or federally-funded projects requires a deep understanding of the highly-regulated public sector environment. With a myriad of federal regulations intersecting with contract performance, government contractors find themselves increasingly within the crosshairs of criminal and civil investigators. The vast and unique remedies available to the government often results in parallel criminal, civil and administrative actions and the potential for significant fines, penalties, judgments, and exclusion from government programs. Our Government Contracts team has conducted internal investigations, represented clients in investigations pursued by the Department of Justice, the SEC, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for numerous federal agencies and other public governing bodies in numerous matters involving a broad array of subjects including procurement fraud, public corruption, bid rigging, small business disputes, and cost accounting questions. We have advised numerous clients on their obligations to make mandatory disclosures under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Bracewell’s Government Contracts and Corporate lawyers work as an integrated team to provide complete solutions when representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other investments in public and private companies that conduct business in the government space or participate in government-sponsored programs. We have substantial experience in advising clients on a variety of statutory and regulatory implications that arise when acquiring, selling or investing in entities doing business with the government. The lawyers in our Government Contract Group are experienced in conducting due diligence on a company’s government contracts to identify and help quantify the unique risks faced by companies doing business with the government. Some of our lawyers have high-level security clearances so that we are able to support our clients’ needs when the transactions implicate the most sensitive classified contracts.
Litigating contract matters against the federal government requires a high level of experience. Our team of seasoned lawyers has litigated numerous matters related to our clients’ public sector businesses. Our experience includes successfully prosecuting contract claims under the Contract Disputes Act and defending clients against government claims before boards of contract appeals and in federal courts. Our lawyers have successfully prosecuted and defended bid protests before agencies, courts, and the Government Accountability Office. We have also successfully represented our clients’ interests in prime/subcontractor disputes, and, defended clients in criminal and civil investigations, and False Claims Act cases arising out of government contracts and grants.
We have represented numerous entities and individuals in suspension and debarment matters before various federal agencies. We have advised clients during investigations on the administrative risks and strategies for avoiding being excluded from public sector business, as well as represented clients after they have been suspended or proposed for debarment. We have helped negotiate several administrative agreements on behalf of clients to avoid being excluded.