Government contracting offers lucrative opportunities for businesses that know how to take advantage of them. To navigate this intricate but rewarding field, you need a legal partner who understands how agencies function, how Congress thinks, how Washington works and what awarded contracts mean.
Operating at the intersection of law, business and government, the legacy McKenna Long Government Contracts practice delivers creative, flexible and effective business and litigation solutions and strategies, relying not only on our breadth and depth of experience, but also on our proven history of succeeding in the most complex and difficult circumstances.
From the nation's largest defense contractors to small businesses entering into their first government contracts, our team represents clients of every size and scope with equal vigor. Our experience covers every aspect of contracting and all major government agencies, encompassing key industry sectors such as:
- Aerospace and defense
- IT and technical services
- Stability operations
- Health care, life sciences and biodefense
- US Department of Energy
Located in major markets across the country, the Government Contracts practice includes experienced government contract lawyers, whose key credentials include experience with major government procuring agencies, the Justice Department and Congress. The team also includes certified public accountants and MBAs. Our lawyers hold leadership positions in American Bar Association committees and are active in industry organizations such as the National Defense Industry Association, the National Contract Management Association, the Coalition for Government Procurement and the Professional Services Council.
The Government Contracts group traces its market-leading position back more than 50 years, built on the foundation established by legacy firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. As the first dedicated government contracts practice in the US, our leadership in the contracting and procurement arena spans decades—from the Profit Renegotiation Boards established after the Korean War to today's largest and most complex procurements, both domestically and abroad.
Whether you need accounting or pricing assistance, an equitable adjustment, defense against civil or criminal fraud allegations, a legislative change that enables participation in the government contracting business or any other legal solution, turn to our Government Contracts practice for a successful outcome.
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August 26, 2015
August 19, 2015
The Department of Defense (DOD) earlier today issued an interim rule, effective immediately, that significantly increases existing cybersecurity requirements for DOD contractors. The requirements in the interim rule, available here, have broad applicability to DOD contractors at both the prime and subcontract levels, including commercial item and small business contractors. Contractors can expect these requirements to begin showing up in new DOD contracts immediately and should begin taking steps to ensure compliance. Read more
August 13, 2015
Iraqi citizens who claim that they were abused by civilian government contractor employees who helped the US military interrogate detainees at Abu Ghraib prison following the US invasion in 2003 are appealing a federal district court’s dismissal of their damages suit. On June 24, 2015, after eight years of litigation—including two prior appeals to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the first of which involved the court’s en banc review)—Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered judgment dismissing the suit on the ground that it is nonjusticiable under the political question doctrine. Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Tech., Inc., No. 1:08-cv-00827-GBL-JFA, 2015 WL 4740217 (E.D. Va. June 18, 2015). The Fourth Circuit docketed the current appeal, No. 15-1831, on July 28, 2015. Read more
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 11, 2015 released proposed guidance that takes “major steps” towards – and likely accelerates – the implementation of cybersecurity requirements in federal acquisitions. OMB’s proposed guidance directs agencies, among other things, to impose security controls and reporting requirements on contractor information systems on which Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is present. OMB provides some fairly clear guidance in this area for contractors seeking to understand their future cybersecurity compliance obligations. Read more
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April 8, 2015
Dentons filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States today on behalf of its clients, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar & the Professional Services Council (PSC), in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, No 14-857. To be decided are issues of class-action mootness and derivative sovereign immunity. Read more
A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world's largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US. Read more