Federal Contract & Government Small Business Lawyers

Washington DC & Colorado Locations 

Federal SBA Government Contracting Attorney and Federal Government Small Business Contract Lawyers Helping Companies in ALL STATES to Avoid Costly Legal  Mistakes While Staying Compliant With the Rules Governing Federal and DOD Contracts for Small Businesses.

government contracts for small businesses & SBA Government Contract LawyersGetting federal government contracts for small businesses is especially difficult for companies seeking to get established in the federal procurement marketplace. When companies finally get federal contracts, they also experience difficulty and confusion with the various FAR compliance regulations and SBA small business government contract laws. Given the volume of applicable regulations, companies often find themselves in an adverse position.

At Watson & Associates, LLC, our federal government small business lawyers frequently counsel companies that are either doing business with the federal government, or want to do business with the government about the various programs and the rules governing small contractors. 

We have help clients to make decisions that ultimately lead to keeping the company away criminal and civil liability. The law firm helps contractors to have a better overall understanding of how successful companies survive in the federal contracting marketplace and how to implement best practices for success. Some of our legal staff have actually worked for federal contracting agencies. We therefore, understand the marketplace and how the various small business programs may apply to your specific situation.

Federal Government Small Business Contract Lawyer Services

With over 30 years of experience,  our Colorado and Washington DC small business attorneys and SBA government contract lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC frequently help with businesses nationwide with federal DOD contracts for small businesses and the legal issues that come with them.

We help to navigate through the various government contracts for small businesses issues that arise on a daily basis such as meeting the Small Business Administration definition and compliance under FAR Part 19. Common areas of our SBA consulting practice includes providing guidance with:

  • Teaming agreements – business agreement between two parties
  • Mentor-protege and JV agreements
  • Limitation on subcontracting matters
  • Pass through FAR clauses in government contract for small business
  • SBA 8(a) Program matters
  • Small business set aside disputes under FAR Part 19
  • Affiliation and size protests disputes
  • Internal policies and controls
  • Internal government investigations
  • FAR compliance, and more.
  • SDVOSB veteran business matters
  • SBA size standards and Small business size protest litigation

To Speak to our federal small business contract lawyers and  SBA attorneys about matters related to DOD contracts for small businesses, call 1-866-601-5518. FREE Initial Consultation.

Government small business contracts can generate significant revenues for your company. However, it comes with the price of understanding the complex regulations that govern performance and business relationships with other companies. At Watson & Associates, our small business lawyers help our clients with various aspects of federal small business contracting including:

  • teaming agreements and joint ventures
  • SBA mentor protege program matters
  • Small business size protest representation
  • SBA government contracting litigation and appeals
  • Consulting on small business strategies to secure more federal contracts.

As small businesses, you do not have to hire an in-house government contracts attorney to flourish in the federal procurement marketplace.


Colorado Based and Washington DC small business attorneys Providing One-Stop Legal and Consulting Services.

  • Teaming Arrangements and Avoiding Costly Legal Mistakes
  • Joint Ventures and SBA Government Contracting Affiliation
  • Limitations on Subcontracting
  • Meeting the government requirements for small business contracts
  • SBA Size Protests Small Business Attorneys
  • Tailored Approach to Finding and Securing Federal Contracts.
  • Litigation and Appeals Relevant to government contracts for small businesses
  • Competitive rates.
  • Free Initial Consultation

Our government small business lawyers have accomplished favorable results from clients in various industries. In addition, over the past ten years, the federal government has launched a series of investigations involving DOD contracts for small businesses that have led to terminations for default, suspension and debarment, and criminal indictments.

  • Complete guidance under FAR Part 19
  • SBA contract legal advice about legal contracts for small businesses under 13 CFR Part 121
  • Resolve mentor protege disputes

Definition of Small Business

NAICS  Code Specific

Per Subpart 19.3 — Determination of Small Business Status for Small Business Programs

a) To be eligible for award as a small business, an offeror must represent in good faith that it is a small business at the time of its written representation. An offeror may represent that it is a small business concern in connection with a specific solicitation if it meets the definition of a small business concern applicable to the solicitation and has not been determined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to be other than a small business.

(b) The contracting officer shall accept an offeror’s representation in a specific bid or proposal that it is a small business unless

(1) another offeror or interested party challenges the concern’s small business representation or

(2) the contracting officer has a reason to question the representation. Challenges of and questions concerning a specific representation shall be referred to the SBA in accordance with 19.302.

(c) An offeror’s representation that it is a small business is not binding on the SBA. If an offeror’s small business status is challenged, the SBA will evaluate the status of the concern and make a determination, which will be binding on the contracting officer, as to whether the offeror is a small business. A concern cannot become eligible for a specific award by taking action to meet the definition of a small business concern after the SBA has determined that it is not a small business.

(d) If the SBA determines that the status of a concern as a small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business or women-owned small business has been misrepresented in order to obtain a set-aside contract, an 8(a) subcontract, a subcontract that is to be included as part or all of a goal contained in a subcontracting plan, or a prime or subcontract to be awarded as a result, or in furtherance of any other provision of Federal law that specifically references Section 8(d) of the Small Business Act for a definition of program eligibility, the SBA may take action as specified in Sections 16(a) or 16(d) of the Act.

If the SBA declines to take action, the federal agency may initiate the process. The SBA’s regulations on penalties for misrepresentations and false statements are contained in 13 CFR 121.108 for small business, 13 CFR 124.501 for 8(a) small business, 13 CFR 124.1004 for small disadvantaged business, 13 CFR 125.29 for veteran or service-disabled veteran-owned small business, 13 CFR 126.900 for HUBZone small business, and 13 CFR 127.700 for economically disadvantaged women-owned small business concerns and women-owned small business (WOSB) concerns eligible under the WOSB Program.

FAR Part 19 Set Aside Requirements & SBA Government Contracting Opportunities

Our government small business lawyer DC law firm has developed a reputation for providing solid legal advice and business resource help with US government contracts for small businesses under SBA contracting programs and disputes under FAR Part 19. This includes SBA government contracts 8a certificationHUBZone Certification, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business set asides (SDVOSB), and Woman-Owned WOSB Certification programs. See our practice areas to see how we can further help you to meet the government requirements for small projects.


A huge hurdle for companies seeking larger small business contracts with federal government agencies is the proper use of contractor teaming agreements, Mentor Protege relationships, and joint venture agreements. Watson’s government contract small business lawyers provide detailed guidance when bidding teaming partners and SBA government contracting with joint ventures.  As Washington DC small business attorneys specializing in small business government contracting matters, the firm also provides legal representation in SBA affiliation challenges to awarded federal business opportunities and providing legal advice about SBA size standards. We serve as federal SBA lawyers for various disputes.


When contractors face problems with government contract claims, we also provide legal assistance from the claims submission stage all the way to appealing the contracting officer’s final decision to the ASBCA, CBCA or U.S Court of Federal Claims. 


 Our government small business attorneys often represent government contractors when there are small business size standards protest disputes under the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule or the SBA has issued an adverse size determination decision. Meeting the small business definition is critical. As SBA contracting lawyers, we frequently practice before SBA OHA and understand the common legal issues that arise during litigation and appeals of cases involving government contracts for small businesses. Find out more about our SBA size appeal attorney services.


Our government small business lawyers and SBA government contracts attorney services cover all states regarding legal and non-legal matters concerning US government contracts for small businesses. As SBA contract advice and Government contracting attorneys, we also assist with government contract for small business firms and large DoD contractors in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC small business government contract lawyers DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

SBA Government Contracts Lawyers Specializing in Small Business Matters: Cities in which our federal government small business contract lawyers assist with government contract for small business lawyer DC firms include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA;  SBA lawyers Washington DC, and Tampa, FL.

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If you need guidance on government contracts for small businesses or help with SBA federal government contracting disputes under FAR Part 19, our SBA small business lawyers can help. Contact us online to schedule a consultation with Watson’s small business contract lawyers in our law office. Call toll-free 1-866-601-5518 for a FREE initial consultation. Small business attorney DC and CO-based.