As offer as Federal Government construction contract lawyers, we offer additional legal services which include but are not limited to
- Requests for Equitable Adjustments
- Delays and Modifications
- Cure Notice and Show Cause Letters
- Differing Site Conditions
- Terminations for Convenience and Default
- Contract Disputes Act Claims & Appeals
- Scope Changes
- Prime & Subcontractor Disputes
- Construction Claims Preparation & Appeals
Federal Construction Litigation & Appeals
When the contracting officer issues an adverse decision, you have only so many days to appeal the decision. The question for most CEOs is whether there is enough merit to file an appeal. At Watson & Associates, our federal construction contract lawyers frequently handle construction claims and disputes cases. They include Contract Disputes Act litigation and appeals, differing site conditions, defective drawings, excusable delays, breach of contract claims by the government and other common construction law matters.
Litigation Before Various Courts
As federal construction law attorneys, the law firm frequently appears before the various court including:
- Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
- Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Avoid Common Mistakes Made at the Agency Level
Although you may have a valid claim, your presentation of that claim to the contracting officer can be a problem. The Contract Disputes Act sets forth the foundation of how construction claims must be presented and how the contracting officer must react to those claims. many companies make the mistake of simply formatting their claims as they would have in the commercial sector. This can be, and often is, a huge mistake. All federal construction claims must meet the guidelines set forth in the Contract Disputes Act.
Another common mistake made at the agency level is not supporting your position with credible evidence. For example, claims must have a sum certain; they must also explain to the CO your position and why your situation could never have ben anticipated at the beginning. In sum, you must provide the contracting officer with sufficient information to have make a reasonable determination as to whether the government will pay the claim.
Tip: Create a correspondence file for every federal construction project. If you have a telephone call with the CO, always follow up with an email (this creates a record).
Tip: Do not make substantive changes to your performance on the contract through direction from the COR. Always get permission from the contracting officer.
Contact Our Federal Construction Law Attorneys
If you would like to discuss any of the above complex issues or discuss your specific concern about government construction
which is not listed here call us today for a free confidential consultation on 1 (866) 601-5518 or fill the form on the right and we will contact you shortly.