Government Contracts 101: An Overview of U.S. Government Contracts for Non-Government Contracts Attorneys


Re-Broadcast on September 19, 2017

The U.S. Government is the largest buyer of products and services in the world. As such, even clients that generally work in the commercial sector will likely, at some point, face issues related to Government Contracting. This webinar is designed to provide attorneys that do not generally practice in the Government Contracts space with an overview of U.S. Government Contracting and an understanding of key Government Contract issues.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • How Government Contracts Are Solicited and Awarded
  • Standard Government Contract Terms & Conditions & Key Compliance Obligations
  • Administration of Government Contracts
  • Government Contracts Litigation

Date / Time: September 19, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 3:30 pm Pacific

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dawnDawn Stern focuses her practice on providing assistance on a range of government contract matters.

Dawn assists clients at all stages of litigation in bid protests and Contract Disputes Act matters before the United States Government Accountability Office, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Dawn also counsels clients on a variety of government contracts issues including cost accounting, cybersecurity compliance, subcontracting, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Dawn served as a Trial Attorney in the National Courts Section of the United States Department of Justice where she litigated bid protest and Contract Disputes Act cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

rich-rectorRichard Rector chairs DLA Piper’s Government Contracts practice.

Rich litigates contract actions and bid protests before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of Federal Claims, federal district courts, state and federal boards of contract appeals and the US Government Accountability Office. He also represents prime contractors and subcontractors in breach-of-contract and protest actions in state and federal courts, and he advises contractors on the preparation and avoidance of contract claims and disputes.

Rich also counsels clients on a broad range of federal and state procurement matters, including IT contracts and transactions, audits and investigations, False Claims Act issues and potential disclosures, state procurement issues, commercial-item contracting, terminations for convenience, US Postal Service procurement, and compliance with procurement integrity and ethics laws.

seamus-curleySeamus Curley litigates, counsels on, and negotiates government contract matters at the federal, state and local level.

He has litigated in state and federal courts and before administrative forums, including the US Court of Federal Claims, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and the US Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). This includes bid protests, size-related protests/appeals, commercial litigation, and Contract Disputes Act claims. Seamus also has significant experience in pre-dispute matters, including the preparation and negotiation of contractor requests for equitable adjustment seeking increased compensation or schedule relief under government contracts.

His counseling work focuses on unique contract terms and conditions, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions involving government contractor targets, domestic preference/country-of-origin, procurement fraud and business ethics/compliance programs.

Seamus also negotiates and drafts subcontracts and teaming agreements, as well as represents contractors responding to government audits or conducting internal investigations. He also has significant experience in the intersection of real property law and government contracts, including the leasing of real property to government agencies and government-funded construction.
Seamus frequently publishes and speaks on government contract issues.

carl-vackettaCarl Vacketta has more than 40 years of experience in government contracts law, including pre-award and post-award counseling on supply, service and construction contracts with federal, state and local government agencies and public transit authorities.
Carl has represented companies selling information technology, telecommunications equipment, and professional and technical services to the government. He has in-depth experience in GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule Contract (MASC) program, due diligence reviews to support mergers and acquisitions, termination disputes, socioeconomic obligations and small business acquisition matters. He also has led teams of attorneys, accountants and engineers in the investigation and preparation of multimillion-dollar claims for major shipyards, aerospace, power generating, electronics and telecommunication companies.

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