Winning debarment cases involves attention to detail and experienced lawyers with inside the government experience. Our partners include former prosecutors and lawyers from the Department of Defense (DoD), National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and US military (Army, Navy, and Marines). If you have received one of the following – call or email us now and we can talk you through the next steps:

  • Show cause notice
  • Notice of proposed debarment
  • Notice of suspension
  • Request for information

Any of these notices trigger a Federal employee’s or contractor’s right to respond, have counsel, know the basis for the debarment, and have a hearing on the debarment. There are strict timelines to respond. Typically you have no more than 30 days from the receipt of the notice to respond to the government’s notice of debarment. To learn more about debarment, please read on.

The government can suspend or debar a company, individual employee, or a corporate officer from doing business with the federal government. We understand the drastic consequences of a suspension or debarment. The contractor may challenge the government’s decision to debar or suspend it from future federal contractor.

The debarring official decides whether a contractor should be debarred. The debarring official must base his decision on the “administrative record.” Typically, the administrative record starts with documentation and findings gathered by agency investigators. The contractor has the right to supplement the administrative record with documentation helpful to its case, as well as filing a written response to the proposed debarment. The contractor is also entitled to meet with the debarring official.

Suspension and debarment are tools used by the government to protect itself from the risks of doing business with contractors it determines lack “present responsibility.” In analyzing whether a federal contractor lacks present responsibility, the procuring agency’s suspension and debarment officials will analyze the contractor’s honesty, integrity, ethics, responsibility, and competence, among other things. Contractors debarred, suspended or proposed for debarment are excluded from competing for or receiving contracts and grants. Given the widespread business impact of these tools, it is imperative that government contractors consult experienced legal counsel in order to avoid a proposed suspension, debarment, or proposed debarment and immediately upon notice of such a threatened action.

Our debarment attorneys work one-on-one with clients to mitigate the risk or win outright and resolve a proposed suspension and debarment. We firmly believe legal services are best used as a preventative measure, rather than as a defensive measure. Email us at to talk to a lawyer right away – or click on a biography or profile below to reach an attorney directly.


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