Government Contracts

Darwin A. Hindman

Government contractors want practical, easy to understand advice about the federal, state and local procurement process. Baker Donelson attorneys represent government contractors in virtually every phase of procurement, including submission of bids and negotiation of proposals, prosecution and defense of bid protests, and contract performance and claims resolution.

We regularly assist some of the world's largest defense contractors, as well as many small suppliers of goods and services to the government at the local level. Clients turn to us for counsel on battlefield contracting, small and disadvantaged business issues (such as minority owned, service disabled veteran owned and HUBZone enterprises), government contractor mergers and acquisitions, False Claims Act allegations and ethical compliance and violations.

Our business and regulatory attorneys provide our clients with real answers to the hardest questions facing government contractors. We can assist with start-up issues for a new venture seeking to sell items to the government, or complex financing and cost or pricing data questions for the established and sophisticated contractor. Baker Donelson litigators are experienced in vigorously protecting and asserting the rights of contractors against the government, subcontractors and competitors.

Government contracting clients benefit from our truly unique platform. Attorneys work side by side with public policy advisors who have regular access to government administrators and decision makers. Members of the public policy team are located throughout our footprint, which includes most state capitals in the southeast as well as a Washington, D.C. office that was ranked by FORTUNE magazine as "the seventh most powerful lobbying firm in the nation" in its most recent survey of this kind.

Areas of Representation:

  • Counsel in the preparation of bids and proposals
  • Negotiation and drafting of subcontracts, joint ventures and teaming agreements
  • Bid protests and government contract litigation in state and federal courts
  • Avoidance of suspension and debarment
  • Manage labor issues such as prevailing wages and Department of Labor audits; and assist in all areas of OFCCP Compliance and Compliance Reviews, and Service Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act issues
  • Civil and criminal investigations and internal investigations
  • Performance and termination disputes arising from prime contracts and subcontracts
  • Set-asides and preferences for small and disadvantaged businesses
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule contracting
  • International sources of supplies (Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act)
  • Employee eligibility verification (immigration and E-verify)
  • Mergers and acquisitions involving government contractors
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package contracting)