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The US Court of Federal Claims (COFC) hears several types of cases. They include bid protests, Contract Disputes Act Claims and appeals from various government agencies. When government contractors find that something went wrong during the bidding and evaluation phases, they can seek help from the Federal Claims Court.
When the contracting officer issues a final determination rejecting your contract claim, issues a termination for default or some other adverse action, the US Court of Federal Claims is a forum to consider further action.
With law offices located in Washington, DC and Colorado, the federal government contract law attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC frequently help domestic and overseas clients to navigate through the complex court rules and legal hurdles associated with the government contract protest process, claims and contract termination appeals.
We litigate and intervene on behalf of federal government contractors who seek to protect their rights during litigation. See some of our representative cases.
- The law firm is usually involved in the early stages of litigation.
- Our goal is to consistently preserve our clients’ appeal rights from the lowest possible level.
Our clients come from various industries and include both small businesses and large DOD contractors. When government contractors choose to appeal COFC decisions to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on government procurement issues, our appellate lawyers can help.
- Prompt responses
- Legal costs at a fraction of what larger law firms charge
- Free initial consultation
- Over 30 years experience in federal government procurement
To speak to an experienced Federal Court of Claims litigation attorney, call toll-free 1-866-601-5518.
COFC Government Contract Disputes Act Claims (CDA), Terminations & Appeal Attorney Services.
When clients receive an unfavorable bid protest decision at the GAO, our attorneys will assess the merits of each protest, and advise our clients whether or not there is merit to filing a protest at the US Court Federal Claims. We provide a thorough assessment merits and jurisdictional and Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issues. We also make sure that our clients meet the interested party requirement assessments before filing a complaint.
In large-scale and high-risk contract awards, our bid protest law firm forms an effective legal team that can get to the legal issues and aggressively file or intervene on behalf of our clients.
- We represent clients both as protestor and intervenor.
- Clients benefit from our detailed analysis and honest opinions
At Watson & Associates, our litigation and claims appeal attorneys guide contractors from beginning through the appeal stages of government contract claims disputes at the US Federal Claims Court.
Contract Disputes Act Claim Appeal: As federal contract litigation lawyers, Watson & Associates’ legal professionals represent clients on appeal when the contracting officer issues a final determination on contract claims against the government. Our government lawyers also represent clients in Requests for equitable adjustment denials, jurisdictional appeals, litigating contract disputes cases involving construction claims and appeal before the Claims Court and other related disputes.
- We understand the various legal and procedural issues that arise at the Court of Federal Claims.
- This can reduce stress to our clients while feeling comfortable with trusting minds.
Court of Federal Claims – Contract Termination Appeals
When a government contracting agency terminates a company for default, clients engage Watson & Associates’ law firm to pursue an appeal to the United States Court of Federal Claims. We understand the various nuances of the FAR termination for default and convenience clauses and have gained successful results for our clients.
Appeal of OHA Small Business Decisions: During small business size protest litigation, either the SBA or SBA Office of Hearings and Appeal may make an unlawful decision. When contractors believe that the results are incorrect, our Court of Federal Claims lawyers will assess the legal merits and provide assistance with the next steps.
Advantages of US Federal Claims Court Litigation: The US Court of Federal Claims offers a more formal litigation process. A bid protest case is treated as though it were a formal court hearing in traditional US Courts. The Court of Federal Claims rules are unique and distinct. When federal contractors get an adverse decision at the GAO, they can file a new bid protest under the CCOFC Claims rules.
Government contractors, as a business, should be represented by a lawyer. Federal Claims Court rules are complex. Therefore the court wants to make sure that the litigant’s due process and other legal rights are protected.
- Federal Claims Court bid protest cases are not subject to the post-award 10-day rule seen at the GAO level.
- However, contractors cannot wait for unreasonably long periods of time to file suit.
- Federal judges hear bid protest cases as compared to GAO attorneys.
- Government contractors sometimes feel that they are getting a fair shake at the merits of the case.
US Court of Federal Claims bid protest litigation requires the attorney to have a deep understanding of government procurement law and the rules involving source selections and the bidding process.
Disadvantages: Like the advantages, there are also disadvantages with filing a bid protest or CDA appeal to the US Court of Federal Claims.
- A bid protest case at the United States Court of Federal claims may take longer than the 100-day requirement in a GAO protest.
- CICA stay is not automatic under the Court of Federal Claims rules.
Federal court rules can be complex, require attorneys to have detailed knowledge of the FAR and relevant procurement regulations.
Watson’s US Federal Claims Court bid protest and CDA appeal lawyers represent federal contractors in all states regarding litigation and trial matters. We also intervene for federal small businesses and large DoD contractors in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Cities in which our Court of Federal Claims bid protest and Contract Disputes Act lawyers and consultants include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.
Call our US Court of Federal Claims Bid Protest & Contract Disputes Act Lawyers
To increase your chances of winning a bid protest, make sure that you are an interested party, or appeal of a contract dispute decision from the contracting officer, call our US Court of Federal Claims bid protest attorneys at 1-866-601-5518. FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.