Watson & Associates law firm offers top federal government construction attorneys and provides a wide range of legal services to prime contractors, and subcontractors, as well as material and equipment suppliers in the federal contracting marketplace. As federal construction contract lawyers, we provide representation to both CONUS and overseas contractors performing US government contracts, seeking to submit claims or defend against fraud. As federal procurement law attorneys and government contractor fraud lawyers, we also help our clients to minimize the chances of not getting paid, and avoid costly mistakes with false claims, construction fraud, and Buy American Act compliance violations.
As federal construction defense attorneys, we also provide legal counsel and representation to clients litigating federal construction claims before various federal courts, and federal agencies’ boards of contract appeals.
Our construction lawyers get to the bottom and source of contention and provide our clients with an upfront analysis of the construction problem before moving to the next step. We then develop a legal strategy, work closely with top management staff and aggressively pursue the case to reach our client’s objectives.
Federal Construction Law Legal services
Our government construction law attorneys are experienced in a variety of government contracting practice areas. We help with delays; termination for default on federal projects; submitting Contract Dispute Act claims; resolving construction disputes regarding defective specifications; scope of work changes; litigation and appeal of the contracting officer’s final decision; differing site conditions and weather delays on government contract projects; construction fraud; bid protests and Miller Act bond disputes.
FAR compliance is critical to success on a government project. Our federal construction dispute attorneys work with management and project managers to help them understand the FAR compliance requirements and ultimately avoid suspension and debarment.
SBA and Small business matters: Watson & Associates’ federal construction lawyers work with small businesses on issues related to teaming agreements, Mentor Protégé and joint venture relationships, and more.
If your company is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB) company, our government construction contracting lawyers can help guide you through the maze of laws and SBA regulations that apply to your small business status.
Construction fraud defense: Oftentimes, companies are faced with Whistleblower lawsuits or criminal charges stemming from a federal investigation for False Claims Act and Buy American Act violations. Watson’s government fraud defense lawyers can help.
Government Construction claims: Government contractors often have a difficult time preparing, submitting and negotiating claims with the contracting officer regarding differing site conditions, delays and more. Watson & Associates procurement attorneys help and guide our clients through the various requirements of the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). We find that adequate preparation minimizes the chance of the contracting officer denying the claim but increases the chances of prevailing on appeal.
Litigation and appeals: The law firm frequently appears in litigation 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.
Government Construction Claims & Dispute Attorneys: The contract disputes process gives the contracting officer complete discretion to approve or deny contract claims. The key to getting paid for your claims is to minimize the possibility of a dispute and to submit credible evidence and rationale to convince the contracting officer to pay your claim. Companies should first consider discussing the issue with the contracting officer before submitting a claim. Contracting officers do not like surprises.
General contractors should be aware that claims submitted and based upon direction from someone other than the contractor bear the risk that the claim can be easily denied. Only the contracting officer, and not contracting officer representatives, has the authority to bind the United States government, to settle, pay or otherwise adjust all claims related to a government contract. At Watson &. Associates, our government construction contracting lawyers and contract dispute attorneys frequently help clients to prepare, litigate and appeal contracting officer’s denials of claims.
- All claims must be first submitted to the contracting officer for his or her consideration and decision. Your claim must meet the requirements of the Contract Disputes Act. It requires as a “written demand” seeking payment as a legal right, for the payment of money, adjustment or interpretation of contract terms or other relief, arising under or related to the contract.”
- If you fail to meet the requirements or certify claims over $100,000.00 appeal courts such as the Board of Contract Appeals or the United States Court of Federal Claims would not have jurisdiction to hear the appeals case.
Federal Construction Litigation Attorneys
When prime of federal contractors reach an impasse with the contracting officer, or some other agency official, the only other recouse is to resort to litigation. As federal government construction litigation attorneys, we practice before the various before the various courts regarding construction disputes about claims, delays, differing site conditions and contracting officer denial of constuction claims.
Federal Procurement Fraud Attorneys (Criminal and Civil)
When the agency decides to litigate against a prime contractor for fraud, manufacturer or some other related party to a government contract, we can assist in defending our client’s rights. As federal construction fraud defense attorneys, we build a team of professionals unique to your case and launch an aggressive legal defense. We can work with companies throughout the United States and overseas that are facing criminal charges for False Claims Act, conspiracy to defraud the government, major fraud against the government and civil charges based on Buy American Act and procurement fraud allegations.
Federal Construction Fraud Lawyers
Federal government construction contracting lawyers helping clients to defend against fraud allegations and False Claims Act cases: Federal construction fraud is a type of fraud committed by a general or subcontractor company performing on federal contractors or supplying material for a federal project. This type of fraud can also include submitting fraudulent invoices for payment, providing substandard parts, submitting parts and materials to the government in violation of the Buy American Act, performing substandard repairs or somehow providing false information to get a federal project such as the client. If your company is part of a Qui Tam False Claims Act lawsuit or government fraud investigation, call our government construction fraud lawyers for immediate help.
Our federal fraud defense law team provides aggressive legal defense in civil and criminal cases that involve federal contracts. We help with allegations of Buy American Act non-compliance, False Claims Act and procurement fraud cases, and government investigations regarding construction fraud. Defense contractor fraud often occurs on federal projects.
Prime contractors and subcontractors can be involved in serious allegations in Qui Tam cases or resulting from OIG and DOJ procurement fraud investigations. Besides allegations of Buy American Act and False Claims Act civil and criminal liability, issues such as non-compliance with specifications, selling defective products to the government, false certifications and billing and invoicing can be serious problems. Watson & Associates’ federal defense attorneys can help. If you are seeking a government fraud defense lawyer, contact lead construction lawyer Theodore Watson for immediate help.
Contact Watson’s Federal Construction Dispute Attorneys
Find a federal construction attorney that understands federal contracting. If you are involved with the federal government and looking to find a federal attorney or legal advice from a government construction fraud lawyer that understands federal government contracts and construction disputes process, call Watson & Associates, LLC law firm toll-free at 866-601-5518 to schedule a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.