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Conducting business with the Government can be both rewarding and challenging. An essential component of success is guidance from legal counsel who can navigate the intricacies of Government contracting. With the application of such laws and regulations as the Contract Disputes Act, the Truth in Negotiations Act, the Service Contract Act, the Small Business Act, the Competition in Contracting Act and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), not to mention the executive orders that have been issued in recent years, requirements for contractors at all levels have increased. Government contractors need lawyers who understand the myriad regulatory requirements and can offer practical solutions to problems that arise on a day-to-day basis.

Our Government contracts attorneys have substantial experience in every phase of contractual and disputes processes, whether at the federal, state or local level. In fact, many of our attorneys have served in the federal government, including in the Departments of Justice, Defense and Transportation, as well as in the Central Intelligence Agency. This firsthand insight serves our clients well when they face the complexities of the contracting and compliance processes.

Our attorneys are in daily contact with clients, advising them on a multitude of issues and business strategies for dealing with this unique customer. In addition to being counselors, our attorneys are seasoned litigators who have advocated our clients' interests before numerous federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Moreover, we regularly litigate disputes at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), and pursue and defend bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

We also routinely represent companies in small business size status protests, including appeals before the Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. We have defended clients being prosecuted under the False Claims Act and those facing suspension and debarment from Government work. We are well-versed in alternative dispute resolution techniques, including arbitration and mediation.

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BLR Group of America, Inc. v. The United States,

U.S. Court of Federal Claims. We established rights on behalf of our client and generated a precedent for contractors to challenge and require correction of unfair and inaccurate performance evaluations in federal government contracts. The Court held that it had jurisdiction under the Contract Disputes Act to require the corrections and changes, and thus protect contractors in future procurements that measure past performance.

Behavioral Interventions, Inc. v. Missouri Office of Administration,

U. S. District Court, W.D. MO. We challenged Missouri’s affirmative action procurement program on constitutional grounds because it utilized goals that did not fairly consider the availability of compliant MBE/WBE firms, required mandatory, impossible goals and relied on obsolete data. After a trial on our motion for an injunction, the Court enjoined the State of Missouri from proceeding with procurements subject to the program. The matter was then settled with the issuance of a new Executive Order from the Governor reforming the programs along the lines we had argued.

Publications

Public contracting requirements: Not just for ‘traditional’ government contractors

Government contractors must address domestic trafficking

EEOC wants employer payroll data to discover pay discrimination

New databases offer first step for disability and veteran hiring regulations

Federal contractors should prepare for new hiring burdens to take effect in early 2014

NLRB posting requirement struck down by court; federal contractors still on the hook

Claire Schenk and Scott Lane publish "False Claims Act Whistleblowers in the Year 2011: Perils, Pitfalls, and Profits"

TCLE

Government Contracts – Government Agency Corrective Actions and How to Deal With Them

Past Performance Primer

Making the Most of Your Debriefing

A Tough Act to Follow: How to Comply with the Complex Trade Agreements Act

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed

GSA Federal Supply Schedule

TC Rewind 2014 - The Protection of IP When Working in the Federal Government & Commercial Markets

Government Contracts Update 2014

Contract Interpretation

Licensing for the Government Contractor

Working with the FAR

Government Contracts Update 2013

Government Contracts Update 2012

Government Contracts Update 2011

News

Tim Sullivan, Jayna Rust to lead ‘Lunch and Learn’ for federal contractors at Eastern Foundry

Download Thompson Coburn's 2016 Congressional Calendar

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2016

Tim Sullivan completes government contracting blog series on Federal News Radio

Tim Sullivan’s government contracting ‘myths’ featured on Federal News Radio

Tim Sullivan wraps up blog series: ‘10 Myths of Government Contracting’

Jim Burger writes about counterfeits for Defense One

Tim Noelker joins Catholic Charities USA board of trustees

Top 5 mistakes you’re making at your government contracts debriefing

Government contracts partners to speak at National Law Journal Regulatory Summit

Scott Lane named to St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30

Jeff Craven, Harvey Levin and Tim Sullivan listed as SmartCEO’s ‘Legal Elite’

Tim Sullivan, Kym Nucci and Scott Lane publish in BNA Federal Contracts Report

Jeff Newman joins Thompson Coburn LLP as partner

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6546

Senator Bond draws on his distinguished record of public service to represent clients on matters related to international trade, economic development, biotechnology, agri...

Senator Bond draws on his distinguished record of public service to represe...

Kit Bond
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6958

Jeff advises business leaders on corporate structuring, the formation and financing of domestic and international transactions, FCC licensing and regulatory matters, and ...

Jeff advises business leaders on corporate structuring, the formation and f...

Jeff Craven
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6345

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and related areas.

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, includ...

Kevin Kercher
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6535

Scott practices in the firm's Government Contracts and Business Litigation departments.

Scott practices in the firm's Government Contracts and Business Litigation ...

Scott Lane
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6365

Jan is a former United States Attorney with extensive trial experience who represents companies and individuals in major litigation and regulatory actions.

Jan is a former United States Attorney with extensive trial experience who ...

Jan Paul Miller
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6977

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts, federal and state procurement, and administrative law and litigation.

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts,...

Jeff Newman
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6091

Tim counsels government contractors on their dealings with the federal government and represents other businesses and nonprofits in litigation and regulatory actions.

Tim counsels government contractors on their dealings with the federal gove...

Tim Noelker
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6931

Kym works with companies in their dealings and contractual relationships with Federal government agencies.

Kym works with companies in their dealings and contractual relationships wi...

Kym Nucci
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6929

Jayna advises companies, individuals, and transportation authorities throughout the various stages of the contracting process and litigation.

Jayna advises companies, individuals, and transportation authorities throug...

Jayna Rust
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6462

Claire advocates for clients in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, False Claims Act litigation and other complex white-collar civil litigation.

Claire advocates for clients in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, F...

Claire Schenk
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6107

Linda advises companies that provide goods or services to the federal government; she also has extensive experience in business immigration matters.

Linda advises companies that provide goods or services to the federal gover...

Linda Shapiro
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6910

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and Tax practice groups.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and T...

Ray Stewart
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6930

Tim has devoted his 40-year practice to the representation of Government contractors in all areas of Government contract law.

Tim has devoted his 40-year practice to the representation of Government co...

Tim Sullivan