SDVOSB Small Business Size Protest, SBA Size Standards & SBA Size Protest LawyersWatson & Associates, LLC, with law offices in Denver, Colorado and Washington, DC, is a veteran-owned small business with attorneys that understand the various issues that small businesses face in the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB Certification) procurement marketplace.

When business owners become certified, they are several legal issues that can complicate business operations. Whether disputes arise due to small business compliance, procurement fraud investigations, or SDVOSB status bid protests, having attorneys that understand the substantive issues can make a huge difference.

As government small business lawyers, our goal is to help companies to reduce stress, minimize adverse actions from the government, and aggressively defend any allegations or charges of fraud under the SDVOSB contracting program.

Nationwide Government Contract Small Business Services

Watson & Associates, LLC SDVOSB lawyers and government contracting small business attorneys represent Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business contractors across the United States by helping them to avoid frequent and costly legal mistakes made during the contract performance stage and during litigation.

Our legal services include:

To speak with an experienced small business attorney about bid protests, claims, SDVOSB fraud investigations or appeals, call 1-866-601-5518 for a free initial consultation.

Section Lead Attorneys and SDVOSB ConsultantsJo Spence  Cheryl Adams and Theodore Watson

SDVOSB Certification Requirements

 In order to be eligible for VA contracts for service-disabled veterans, you and your business must meet the following SDVOSB certification requirements for set aside contracts and sole source awards to veteran owned disabled small businesses.

  • The veteran-owned business must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). or Department of Defense
  • Must be small under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement
  • The SDVOSB must unconditionally own 51% of the company
  • The qualifying member must control the management and daily operations
  • The qualifying applicant (s) must hold the highest officer position

If you are applying for federal service-disabled veteran owned small business SDVOSB certification status or Veterans First Contracting Program for the sole purpose of getting federal government contracts, you must make sure that all regulatory SDVOSB requirements are met before applying to the VA.

Can You Self-certify as SDVOSB?

You can self-certify your small business to the federal government as a service-disabled veteran own small business by .updating the socio-economic status section of your business profile at However, the VA does not formally recognize SDVOSB self-certification.  You must be verified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation to be eligible to receive SDVOSB contracts.

Help for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Disputes

SDVOSB Status & Construction Companies with Licensing Disputes

 Many bid protest cases challenge the company by claiming that the majority partner does not have a state license and does not control the company. These are areas that our small business attorneys can help with.

You must show that you can bind the business, make the final decision on critical day-to-day matters, and have ultimate decision-making power. Anything short of ultimate control can end up with criminal investigations, intrusive accounting, and oversight by the VA IG team. When your small business size status is challenged, then the SBA may commence an investigation. These are all areas where our SDVOSB lawyers can help.

VA SDVSOB Small Business Contracting

 VA government contracts and SDVOSB set aside procurement can have some unique twists and turns. Whether you have a VA construction contract or service contract, Watson’s VA government contract small business attorney can help you to sift through the confusion.  As your SDVOB consultants, we can help with complex service-disabled veteran-owned small business government contract claims, veteran-owned business designation litigation disputes and appeals to the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and Court of Federal Claims regarding the Vets First Verification Program.

Additional Information

48 CFR 819.7003(c)(4) provides that “[a] joint venture may be considered an SDVOSB or VOSB concern if…[t]he joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b), modified to include veteran-owned small businesses where this CFR section refers to SDVOSB concerns.”

  • As an SBSOVSB joint venture, the parties must form a separate legal entity. See 13 CFR 125.18(b)(2)(iii)
  • A joint venture under this program may either be an SDVOSB or VOSB.
  • In every veteran joint venture, at least one of the joint venture members must be a verified in accordance with 38 CFR 74.
  • A joint venture may be in the form of a partnership that operates under a partnership agreement that satisfies the requirements of 13 CFR § 125.18(b)(2).
  • A joint venture must be separately verified as either an SDVOSB or VOSB.
  • All partners to the joint venture must qualify as a Small Business Concern per the SBA guidelines except if the joint venture is an SBA-approved Mentor- Protégé
  • CVE will consider verification eligibility of joint ventures comprised of an SDVOSB/VOSB protégé and an other- than-small mentor under an SBA- approved mentor-protégé agreement.

 Nationwide SDVOSB Fraud Lawyers

Small companies performing Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business set aside contracts may at some point be alleged as having committed major fraud against the United States, SDVOSB fraud, False Claims Act violations, or some other criminal acts against the United States. At Watson & Associates, LLC our government small business defense attorneys can represent contractors charged with or investigated for government contract fraud, false claims against the government, violating the limitations on subcontracting rules or some other criminal charge involved with government contracting.

  • Federal law enforcement (IG, SBA, DOJ and FBI) are aggressively seeking out small businesses for government contract SDVOSB fraud. Our attorneys can help.
  • Although your company may be suspected for procurement fraud, you will also need help dealing with alleged SBA size standard violations.

If your company is subjected to a government investigation or facing criminal liability for SDVOSB fraud, false claims, or other violations, reach out to our government contractor defense lawyers for immediate help.

Call Our SDVOSB Lawyers and Consultants

If you need legal advice about VA contracts for disabled veterans,  how to get certified, service disabled veteran owned small business joint venture arrangements, VOSB sole-source contracts or government contract fraud and set aside disputes, call our SDVOSB consultants and government small business contract SDVOSB lawyers at 1-866-601-5518.