Taking your case to the US Court of Claims means that must have the merits of your case carefully analyzed, know the strengths and weaknesses in your case and to know whether or not your rights to appeal have been preserved at the lower level. At least knowing whether the Court has jurisdiction to hear your case or appeal is necessary.
- Get a detailed assessment of the merits of your case before filing
- Get a professional opinion about the merits of your case
- Legal help from attorneys that understand the federal procurement process
- Reduce the chances of getting your case thrown out.
The United States Court Federal Claims (US Court of Claims or 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 US Court of Federal Claims.
- If the Contracting Officer has issued a final decision in either a government claim or some other decision you can also file an appeal at this appeals court.
We’ve been on the government’s side and we understand the procurement process: Our team of government procurement attorneys ensures that businesses can reduce liabilities while safeguarding their revenues from government contracts. The law firm uses over 30 years of combined experience to protect your federal projects and reputation while safeguarding your bottom line.
Types of US Court of Federal Claims Cases We Litigate
Bid Protests, Government Contract Disputes Act Claims (CDA), Terminations & Appeal Attorney Services.
At Watson & Associates, LLC our government procurement and federal court attorneys litigate various types of United States Court of Federal Claims cases. They include:
- Appeal from contracting officer’s final decision in Contract Disputes Act cases;
- Termination for Default appeals;
- Contract claims against the federal government;
- Request for Equitable Adjustments;
- Small business size protest or related decisions from OHA;
- Differing site conditions decisions
- Federal construction cases; and
- Government Contract bid protests
- Application of Court of Federal Claims rules
With over 30 years of federal procurement experience, you can now speak to an experienced US Federal Court of Claims litigation attorney, call toll-free 1-866-601-5518.
Who are Our Clients?
Small businesses: Our clients include federal small businesses from various industry groups that have either received a denial or some other adverse action from the contracting agency whether there is a misapplication of FAR regulations or improper denial of a Contract Disputes Act claim, procurement attorneys can appeal your case to the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Large businesses: Our government contracting clients also include large DOD contractors interested in litigating high-level and high-risk cases at the US Claims Court.
Plaintiffs or Intervenors: When a case is filed in the Federal Claims Court sometimes our clients might have to intervene to protect their rights. Our appeal lawyers can help as intervenor attorneys.
Is every case winnable? Some people would say yes. However, the honest answer is that it depends on the specific facts of your case. For example, when the agency issues a termination for default, you have to determine whether the agency’s decision was legally justified. To do so, you would have to understand the level of discretion and the facts available before appealing to the Court Federal Claims.
- Spend the resources to assess the legal merits of your case before filing.
- Make sure that your appeals attorney or litigation lawyer is familiar with federal procurement law.
We take the time to look at case law and legal authority for your case: Our legal team includes seasoned professionals who consistently work within the courts and understand how to craft sound legal arguments regarding bid protests and Contract Disputes Act legal issues. We have earned a reputation for gaining favorable results for small businesses and large DOD contractors through vigorous representation.
- Although every case may not be a winning case, many of our cases have resulted in agency corrective action or some favorable result for our clients.
Nationwide Help.Our appeal lawyers help federal contractors in all states and overseas: With law offices located in Washington, DC and Colorado, the federal government contract law attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC frequently help domestic and overseas protestant clients to navigate through the complex US Court of Federal Claims Rules and legal hurdles associated with the government contract protest process, claims and contract termination appeals.
- We also litigate and intervene on behalf of federal government contractors who seek to protect their rights during litigation.
- 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 the United States Federal Claims Court decisions to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on government procurement issues, our appellate lawyers can help.
United States Federal Claims Court Bid Protest Lawyers
When clients receive an unfavorable bid protest decision at the GAO, our United States Federal Claims Court 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 of Federal Claims. As COFC bid protest lawyers, 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.
We help by providing:
Initial review and analysis: Assessing the merits of the Protestant case, and give legal advice as to whether there is a plausible reason to file a protest.
A legal and factual basis for presenting your protest to the US Federal Court of Claims. Without this level of assessment, the agency / DOJ will move to dismiss the case.
Legal authority and case law to support your case: part of presenting a strong bid protest or meeting the legal protest definition, federal contractors must also determine whether there are sufficient case law and legal authority to support filing the protest at the Federal Claims Court. These steps are essential to developing a strong case.
Responding to agency motions and briefs: The United States Court of Federal Claims decisions and bid protest process can be daunting. The Department of Justice, representing the contracting agency sometimes files briefs and motions to the Court. To withstand the agency aggression, our COFC bid protest lawyers will provide solid advocacy on your behalf.
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 files 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 Court of Federal Claims.
US Court of Federal Claims Appellate Lawyers – Contract Disputes Act Appeals
As federal contract appeal lawyers, Watson & Associates’ legal professionals represent clients on appeal when the contracting officer issues a final determination on contract claims against the government. Our Contract Disputes Act Claim appeal lawyers also represent clients in Requests for equitable adjustment denials, jurisdictional appeals, litigating contract disputes cases involving construction claims and appeals before the US Federal Claims Court.
- We understand the various legal and procedural issues that arise at the United States Court of Federal Claims.
- This can reduce stress to our clients while feeling comfortable with trusting minds.
Contract Termination for Default 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 Federal Court of 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 United States Federal Claims Court lawyers will assess the legal merits and provide assistance with the next steps.
Disadvantages and Advantages of Court of Federal Claims Decisions in 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 United States Federal Court of 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 COFC Claims rules.
Government contractors, as a business, should be represented by a contract 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.
- Court of Federal Claims decisions in 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 to filing a bid protest or CDA appeal to the US Federal Court of Claims.
- A bid protest case at the Federal Claims Court may take longer than the 100-day requirement in a GAO protest.
- CICA stay is not automatic under the Court of Federal Claims rules.
Call our Bid Protest, Contract Disputes Act Claim & United States Federal Claims Court Attorneys
To increase your chances of winning a bid protest with court of federal claims decisions, make sure that you are an interested party, or appeal of a contract dispute decision from the contracting officer, call our United States Court of Federal Claims Court bid protest attorneys at 1-866-601-5518. FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.