Protecting your rights in federal government construction Contract law litigation in all states.
The federal government regularly contracts with private construction companies for various types of construction projects. This includes vertical and horizontal construction. Many government contracting agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers contract for design build projects.
However, during the performance phases, there is a myriad of construction disputes that can arise. General contractors often find themselves challenging adverse contracting officer decisions regarding differing site condition, construction delays, and even agency denials of requests for equitable adjustments, and construction claims under the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”).
48% of federal government construction contract claims fail to meet the Contract Disputes Act requirements. Of that amount, 62% fail to overcome the procedural requirement for a contracting officer’s final decision. Why is this?
Many construction contractors may in good faith not understand the strict requirements of the Contract Disputes Act when submitting a contractor claim against the federal government. In other situations, the general contractor is not quite sure whether the facts in its case mean that there was a contracting officer’s final decision. If there is not, then the appeals court has no jurisdiction to hear the appeals case. There have been several cases litigated on these very issues without even reaching the merits of the actual case. You want to minimize these situations at all cost. Our contractor lawyers can help.
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Federal Construction Contract Legal Services
Regardless of the contracting agency, there is a multitude of FAR construction clauses that govern your construction contract. Whether the legal dispute involves a differing site condition, construction delay claims, or the government issues a cure notice, show cause letter, or even a termination for default, it is essential to find an attorney familiar the various nuances on government construction projects. Watson & Associates, LLC handles a wide variety of federal government contracting cases, including the following:
Government construction contract delay claims – It is common for the contracting officer to deny claims for legally valid delay claims. The common dispute is whether or not there is a compensable claim, or whether the agency was required to give you extra time to complete the project. Not all construction delays are compensable. Some are not even excusable. The facts of every case are important to the outcome. Federal construction contracting companies, should communicate with the contracting officer as early as possible and keep a record of all communications. Avoid the costly legal mistake of taking direction from the contracting officer representative. This can be the kiss of death depending on the facts.
Federal construction standards violations -differing site conditions – This yet a very common dispute between general contractors and the federal government. Court dockets are filled with cases appealing the government’s denial of a differing site condition claims on federal government construction projects. The best legal advice is that government construction prime contractors should immediately notify the contracting officer in writing when a differing site condition is found. Keeping all communications in writing helps to protect your rights in the end. At Watson & Associates LLC, our federal construction law attorneys provide legal advice to small business and large DOD contractors on the next steps.
Government small business matters – small businesses face some of the most brutal agency decisions seen. However, having experienced legal counsel that understands the federal small business program can be beneficial. There are several construction disputes arising from Mentor Protégé relationship, joint ventures and teaming agreements. At Watson & Associates LLC, the law firm provides legal advice about issues that not only include traditional government construction laws but also where experience with small business issues can serve as an important part of the ultimate resolution. Our federal construction contract lawyers are well-versed in areas such as affiliation, HUBZone requirements and contractors certified under the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program.
Federal construction standards violations, litigation and compliance with Contract Disputes Act requirements: When a federal construction contractor fails to correctly process claims, the contracting officer will often deny your request. After award, our government construction attorneys provide legal advice on FAR construction compliance, construction scope changes, differing site conditions and preparing timely Contract Disputes Act claims.
Federal Miller Act disputes – When construction companies are involved with issues related to payment bonds and performance bonds, our law firm can provide the requisite legal counsel to provide cost-effective results.
SBA size standards and limitation in subcontracting requirements. Both large and small businesses run the risk of violating the complex SBA affiliation rules. With a broad understanding of the common legal issues, our federal construction law attorneys provide reliable legal advice and guidance about small business size standard violations, Subcontracting plans and filing federal construction contract claims and appeals.
Federal construction laws — litigation and appeals – when the agency makes an adverse decision and alleges that you violated federal construction laws, we prepare to handle to dispute on appeal to the requisite appellate court. As federal construction contract law attorneys, we frequently appear before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA); the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA); GAO; SBA OHA and the Small Business Administration for size protest and affiliation matters, the US Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Additional matters: We can also help with:
- Construction contract claims preparation;
- Compliance with Contract Disputes Act requirements;
- FAR federal construction laws and legal scope changes
- Bid protests on federal government construction projects
- Requests for equitable adjustments,
- Patent Claims
- Federal construction legal defect claims
- Differing site conditions
- Joint ventures and small business disputes
- Litigation and appeals court cases
With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado, the government construction contract attorneys at Watson & Associates LLC frequently help general contractors and small businesses across the United States to resolve CDA disputes with the federal owner and avoid costly legal mistakes when in litigation with the federal government.
Our Federal Government construction contract law firm provides legal counsel to general contractors throughout the United States and overseas including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands. Call our government construction law attorneys today for immediate help.
Contact a Government Construction Contract Law Attorney Today to Avoid Costly Legal Mistakes
Government construction legal mistakes can cause losses in the thousands, if not millions. Whether you are facing a termination for default, denial of construction claims, or simply were denied delay damages, our government construction contract lawyers can help.
To speak with an experienced federal construction contracts law attorney, call Watson & Associates, LLC toll-free at 866-601-5518 to schedule a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.