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Navigating complex contract appeals

Appealing claims to federal boards of contract appeals requires precision. With exclusive jurisdiction to hear appeals of contracting officer final decisions, the stakes in these matters are high. Given the short timeline to appeal decisions, it’s imperative for government contractors to file in the appropriate venue and within strict time constraints.

That’s why contractors turn to the government contracts team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig. Our lawyers are well versed in the Contract Disputes Act and represent clients ranging from large defense contractors to small startups.

Our experience with federal boards of contract appeals

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s arbitration team is experienced in helping clients resolve business disputes outside of a courtroom through ADR. Our lawyers are well-versed in the complex rules governing various ADR methods and have the practical experience to help clients navigate the entire process with precision.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s government contract lawyers have experience with all facets of matters before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), and the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA). We have worked with clients to appeal decisions and claim denials from agencies including the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and a variety of other governmental agencies.

Our lawyers regularly appear before these boards and are seasoned in guiding clients through their detailed filing requirements. For example, we have represented clients in requests for equitable adjustment, change orders, and other construction and contract disputes. Our lawyers have extensive experience with bid solicitation matters, terminations for default, and delay claims. We also understand the nuances of these boards’ alternative dispute resolution programs and can help you determine whether to pursue mediation.

What we do

  • File appeals of denials of claims and change orders, including terminations for default and delay claims
  • Submit requests for equitable adjustments
  • Help clients navigate complex ASBCA, CBCA, and ODRA filing processes
  • Conduct detailed case analysis and fact investigations
  • Represent clients during all phases of litigation, including hearings
  • Assist clients in determining whether to participate in alternative dispute resolution programs



Mary Pat Buckenmeyer


Thomas Dunlap


Bernard Goodman


David Ludwig



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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.