Government Procurement Law
Zuber Lawler & Del Duca’s Practice in Government Procurement Law
The firm’s work for clients extends beyond standard commercial and international law areas, and includes expertise in U.S. Government contracting matters, techniques, statutory and regulatory requirements and practical issues such as:
- proposing or bidding on Federal contracts to be awarded;
- systems for effective performance of such contracts;
- creating and awarding subcontracts;
- conforming to increasingly stringent requirements of U.S. regulations, statutes and prohibitions;
- counseling on protection of company intellectual property rights [e.g., rights in patents, software and technical data] while performing government contracts and thereafter;
- navigating the Government’s several kinds of regulations (a few of which are: Federal Acquisition Regulation, Defense FAR Supplement, and Department of Commerce regulations on export controls);
- bidders’ right to protest awards to their competitors (and in appropriate circumstances recover administrative and legal costs of pursuing such protests);
- responding to threatened or actual Government terminations of contracts for the “convenience” of the Government or for the “default” of the performing contractor;
- complying with recent rules on “conflict minerals” and record-keeping requirements pertaining thereto;
- understanding the Government’s powers and procedures with regard to security clearances that may permit contractor employees and/or legal staff to access classified information;
- the “Changes” clause inserted in virtually all Government contracts; and
- statutes and regulations governing contractor duties toward their own employees.
Our key attorney working these areas is Alan Dickson, B.A. Yale, J.D. Harvard, a retired Air Force colonel with an advanced legal degree (LL.M. George Washington Univ.) in Government procurement law and abundant experience in working these matters, initially on behalf of the Government and later for private companies. He has taught courses in the subject and authored several publications in the field. His work also extends at times to contract matters involving California state and local government entities. He is in the Los Angeles office of the firm. Alan’s expertise complements the expertise of our other partners in public-private partnerships and in mergers and acquisitions and other matters involving the defense sector.