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Overview

Covering the full cycle of the government contracting process

There’s no finish line when it comes to government contracts. Winning a bid is complicated enough, given the competition in the market and the need to pass background checks and security clearance investigations. Selected contractors then must ensure continued compliance with layered frameworks of government policies and regulations as they deliver on their obligations. Legal guidance isn’t an option; it’s a requirement to survive this process unscathed.

That’s where Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig thrives. Our experienced government contract attorneys help businesses navigate contracting complexities, strengthen compliance with laws and regulations, leverage their positions in negotiations, and maximize their chances of securing and executing government contracts. With Top Secret cleared and Armed Services veteran lawyers on our team, we frequently help clients in the intelligence and defense spaces.

Our experience in government contracts and compliance

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig advises businesses seeking government contracts across multiple industries. Our services encompass all phases of the procurement process, from solicitation and contract negotiation to performance, claims, and disputes filed in courts and with government agencies.

For example, our team has conducted cradle-to-grave government contract compliance audits and helped businesses develop a full system of internal controls to meet federal contract and regulatory requirements, including training executives, program teams, contracts and purchasing staff, human resources, security, and finance in how to implement the controls.

Our government contract attorneys have also defended clients against False Claim Act (FCA) allegations and identified issues for potential bid protests. We have prepared companies for Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSRs) by conducting internal audits, identifying gaps, and drafting policies, procedures, templates, and process documentation to meet Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) requirements. Our law firm has also worked with clients to develop a full scope of contract templates — including subcontracts, nondisclosure agreements, software licenses, reseller agreements, consulting agreements, vendor agreements, purchase orders, statements of work, master services agreements, employment agreements, lease agreements, and more — that protect our clients, promote successful negotiation, and balance business risk.

What we do

  • Serve as outsourced general counsel for government contractors
  • Offer guidance on ethics programs, internal control systems, post-employment/revolving door issues, recordkeeping and reporting, corporate policies and procedures, streamlining purchasing and contracting operations, proposal writing, and small business programs
  • Advise on intra-corporate service agreements, organizational conflicts of interest, and acquisition due diligence
  • Conduct risk assessments and contract audits to help organizations comply with FAR/DFARS, contract compliance, and internal investigation requests
  • Evaluate claims involving the FCA, CPSRs, the Truthful Cost and Pricing Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and anti-trafficking laws
  • Review issues relating to cost accounting, supply chain security, and labor mapping
  • Lead contract negotiation and cradle-to-gave contract management, including prime and subcontract negotiations, teaming agreements, reseller agreements, nondisclosure agreements, exclusivity agreements, joint venture agreements, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), GSA schedules, mentor-protégé agreements, major systems acquisitions, basic ordering agreements, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts and orders, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants, service agreements, software and hardware licensing agreements, and more
  • Lead contract negotiation and cradle-to-gave contract management, including prime and subcontract negotiations, teaming agreements, reseller agreements, nondisclosure agreements, exclusivity agreements, joint venture agreements, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), GSA schedules, mentor-protégé agreements, major systems acquisitions, basic ordering agreements, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts and orders, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants, service agreements, software and hardware licensing agreements, and more
  • Handle classified contracting matters, including National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) issues, facility security clearance audits, personnel security clearances, special procurement authority reviews, and Foreign Ownership Control & Influence (FOCI) mitigation
  • Serve as counsel in contract-related disputes, including bid protests, requests for equitable adjustment, termination cost proposals, debarment and suspension, government contract claims, security clearance denials and revocations, breaches of contract, change orders, exclusivity issues, and matters under the Contract Disputes Act
  • Counsel clients on international public procurement matters, including Foreign Military Sales (FMS), international entity establishment, offsets, trade and export matters, direct commercial sales, treaties, status of forces agreements, and joint government programs

OUR TEAM

Partner

Mary Pat Buckenmeyer

Partner

Aaron Jackson

Partner

Jennifer Morris

Partner

Team

Judith Henkin

Of Counsel

Tracy Pearson

Senior Associate

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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.