Government Contract Dispute Lawyers and Contract Claims Attorneys

Watson & Associates’ government contract dispute lawyers work with small businesses and large DOD contractors by helping them to avoid some of the most costly legal mistakes when preparing and submitting contract claims against the federal government.  

federal government contract dispute and claims lawyer servicesDespite trying your best to please the contracting officer and interested parties, there comes a time when you just cannot perform work on a government contract for free.

Preparing and submitting a government contract claim can be a difficult process. Large businesses and small businesses alike quickly find out that there is more to developing a Contract Disputes Act claim than creating spreadsheets and a cover letter.

Agency contracting officers deny claims from contractors simply for technical reasons such as not complying with the Contract Disputes Act. When you have hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions of dollars at risk, it makes a difference in how you prepare your documents and support.

  At Watson & Associates, our government contract dispute lawyers frequently help large and small businesses to assess the merits and prepare and litigate contract claims against the federal government. When the contracting officer denies the contractor’s claim without merit to the decision, the law firm aggressively litigates appellate cases before the respective agency Board of Contract Appeals or to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

We represent federal government contractors nationwide and overseas. Agency contracting officers frequently deny contractor claims for failure to comply with Contract Disputes Act certification laws, failure to provide a demand or written assertion for money in a sum certain, or failure to notify the agency in a timely manner. In other situations, the agency will deny the contract claim because the contractor previously signed a waiver of the claim that generally precludes you from bringing others against the federal government. 

Our government contract claim lawyers have national and international reach. We have former government procurement personnel on our team. We, therefore, are in a better position to advocate on your behalf.

At Watson & Associates, LLC, we help clients resolve claims over $ 1 Million in both construction and service industries.

WHAT WE DO

When it comes to the basics of how to file a claim on a government contract, you cannot make many mistakes. At Watson & Associates, LLC, our government contractor attorneys provide legal assistance with construction litigation support, service contract claims and litigation support.  We we work with the company’s key players and provide guidance on how to increase your chances of getting paid.

Law offices in Washington DC and Colorado: We have national reach and can help any federal contractor in the United States.  As federal contractor lawyers, we have successfully helped clients to develop requests for equitable adjustments, cure notices, negotiate change orders, and address out-of-scope work.

Help from beginning to end:  We get involved at the performance stage all the way to claims and dispute litigation at the various courts such as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Government Contract Claims Attorney Services 

  • Litigation of contractor claims and appeals – CBCA, ASBCA, United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Contractor dispute resolution and federal claims appeals
  • Construction litigation support for performance and scope changes
  • Breach of contract claims against the government
  • Cost Disallowance
  • Contract delays
  • Government claims for Defective pricing
  • Constructive and formal change orders
  • Federal contractor claims avoidance
  • Out-of-scope work
  • Release of claims 
 

  • Breach of contract damages
  • Change orders
  • Contractor release of claims disputes
  • Constructive changes
  • Equitable adjustments
  • Statute of limitations government contractor claims
  • construction contract claims against the federal government-  changes & dispute resolution
  • Non-payment of invoices
  • Implied in fact disputes
  • Performance disputes
  • Scope of work changes and modifications
  • Accelerations and claims substantiation
  • Service agreements
  • Construction claims 

 

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Federal Government Contract Disputes Act Claims Litigation & jurisdiction
  • Contract delays
  • Consequential damages
  • Liquidated damages
  • Terminations
  • Prompt Payment Act disputes and payment of invoices
  • Statement of Work changes was done by order of the COTR
  • Good faith claims and federal contract litigation support services

Government Contract Claims FAQs

Can the CO Deny a Meritorious Contract Claim When the Claim Does not Meet the Government Contract Disputes Act Requirements? Not only can the CO deny what would normally be a viable claim, but they also do it quite often. This leaves you to figure out how to deal with and correct the problem. The government contract claims requirements can be very tricky. 

What Happens When the Contracting Officer Fails to Specify the Reason for Denying the Claim? Is this By Itself Grounds for Filing an Immediate Appeal? No. Many Contracting Officer Final Decisions (COFD) do not articulate the details and reasons for denying government appeals. 

You are now left trying to figure it out. Do you just file an immediate appeal? Maybe not. You may want to look at the initial contract claim to see if it meets the CDA requirements. If it did not, then the appellate court may agree with the government’s motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. 

Can Contracting Officer Representative (COR) Order You to DO Out-of Scope Work? Generally, no. The COR does not have the legal authority to bind the U.S. Government. Only the contracting officer does. If unsure about specific issues, first ask the contracting officer.

 Government Construction Contract Dispute Attorneys

When construction companies experience differing site conditions, unexpected delays, and excused delays, our government contract claims lawyers can help address the legal issues while developing a claim against the government that meets the Contract Disputes Act requirements. 

Call Our Government Contract Dispute Lawyers 

If you are anticipating issues with an upcoming contract claim against the government, or simply need help developing the claim, call our government contractor dispute lawyers for immediate help.

Call Watson & Associates, LLC Toll-Free at 1-866-601-5518.

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For help preparing litigation with the federal government and defending government contract claims at the CBCA, ASBCA  or help with how to resolve contract disputes in the US Court of Federal Claims, call our federal government procurement contract claims lawyers, contract dispute lawyers, or contact us online today. Call Watson & Associates toll-free today at 1 (866) 601-5518 or 202.827-9750 in Washington, DC.