Termination for Default Lawyers

termination for default lawyers for government contracts

  • Watson &. Associates’ Government Contracts attorneys guide clients through all phases of a contract termination for default. We help from the notice to cure process all the way to show cause and ultimate termination decisions.
  • Whether the contracting officer issues a termination for cause under FAR Part 12 or Termination for Default under FAR Part 49, we can help you assess the merits before filing an appeal to the various boards of contract appeal or the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC)

The Watson law firm represents government contractors of all sizes, including some of the largest defense contractors. Some of our staff have worked for federal contracting agencies and understand the frequent mistakes made.


When the Contracting Officer (CO) issues a Termination for Default on your federal contract, it means either a complete or partial termination of the contract. Appellate courts look at government contract terminations for default as a drastic sanction from the government and look at these decisions very carefully.

The contracting officer will more than likely state that the default decision was due to your actual or anticipated failure to meet your contractual obligations.

Termination for Cause Vs Default: When the government issues a contract Termination for Cause, the result is no different than a traditional default. The difference is that the termination is issued under a FAR Part 12 contract for the acquisition of commercial items.

Consequences of Termination for Default: When the government terminates your contract for default, it can mean a potential end to your future of doing business with the federal government. Why? Because for every contract you submit a bid for in the future, your past performance will show the previous default and can have a dangerous impact on your ability to become a successful awardee in future bidding efforts.

  • When the Government terminates a contract for default, the Government may be entitled to recover from you, the contractor, unliquidated progress payments, the excess costs of reprocuring the same or similar items, services, or work, and any other damages resulting from your failure to perform.
  • You can be liable to the government for he excess costs of reprocurement are the difference between the price of the affected deliverables in the defaulted contract and what the Government pays to reprocure the supplies or services to complete the work.

Our Legal Services 

As federal procurement and contract default attorneys, we help clients throughout the United States and overseas to navigate through the termination for default process and also with the following:

  • Responding to cure notices and show cause letters
  • Appealing the contract termination for default (T4D) action to the respective Board of Contract Appeals or Court of Federal Claims
  • Litigation and negotiations to have defaults turned to termination for convenience
  • Consulting and preventive guidance
  • FAR compliance and outside counsel services
  • Help with terminations that lead to investigations and suspension and debarments.

Litigation and Appeals

When the contracting officer issues a notice of contract termination, you can appeal the decision to the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) or United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC). In either case, you must act promptly. Each court has its own rules that you must follow.

Be mindful that appealing government contract default decisions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit also have certain deadlines and court rules to follow. Our termination for default attorneys can explain and represent you in these matters.

Converting a Termination for Default Into a Termination for Convenience

If an appellate court agrees that the termination default was unlawful, the court only has the authority to convert the default into a termination for convenience. The cost of litigation and appellate practice is very expensive. However, the future of doing business with the federal government and having a better past performance record may be worth the effort.

Contact us

Watson & Associates’ termination for default lawyers frequently litigate adverse contractor termination for default cases before the various government contracting courts. Call our government contract appellate lawyers for immediate help with Federal Acquisition Regulations FAR Part 49 Cases.  Call Toll Free 1.866.601.5518.

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If you have received a notice of default letter and need help with unlawful terminations and dispute resolution, FAR termination for default government contracts appeals, contact our federal government contracts T4D attorneys to protect your contractor termination rights today.  Call for a FREE initial consultation – 1-866-601-5518.