Federal Government Contract Lawyer & Business Attorney
Government contract lawyer Theodore P. Watson, CEO, and founder of Watson & Associates, LLC, has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in business law, commercial and federal government contracts, and helping businesses successfully source money from the private and public sectors while meeting all legal and regulatory requirements.
As a government contract lawyer, Mr. Watson guides clients through the legal processes involved when companies merge into the federal government market. He oversaw small business goals and procurement dollars allocated from Congress and worked with local agencies when coordinating and developing end of year reports.
He is particularly equipped to resolve matters between large and small businesses in the areas of teaming agreements, joint venture, Mentor-Protege and prime/sub relationships. When it comes to improper relationships that include procurement fraud or false claims, he has been involved in matters at the congressional level and agency headquarters. He is particularly known for running a “tight ship” and focuses on resolving matters at the lowest level. However, the firm is undaunted to engage in litigation whether it be with a large corporation or directly to the agency.
Having practiced law in opposition to large firms and the federal government, Mr. Watson serves clients throughout the world on a wide range of corporate and government contracting transactions. He has extensive experience advising businesses on all legal matters involving their daily operation and growth, including commercial contracts, federal construction litigation and appeals, suspension and debarment, SBA Programs, and Native American contract and small business matters. He also contributes to policy matters adopted by government agencies.
Veteran and Retired Air Force Member: After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Watson returned to government and served as a contracting executive, managing the Air Force’s small business program and Quality Assurance Programs. He interacted with SBA officials, conducted small business training at Buckley Air Force Base and helped to implement local rules after the federal government took over the base from the National Guard. As a government contract lawyer and small business attorney, he has extensive knowledge of SBA procurement regulations and appeals before the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals.
As the head of Watson & Associates, LLC, known for successful guidance in federal government contracting, Mr. Watson participates in complex and sophisticated government contracts litigation and bid protests before the General Account Office (GAO), Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other administrative agencies. He is also known as a trusted advisor to many successful Department of Defense (DOD) contractors when they make major business decisions that involve federal procurement.
In addition to being a federal government contracts attorney, Mr. Watson handles Colorado business law matters, construction law, and Colorado employer defense. The firm represents small businesses across the country, as well as medium-sized firms, large Fortune 500 firms, and major DOD clients. Corporate CEO’s benefit from his ability to be candid and to bring legitimate decision-making advice to the table, instead of a simple legal structure. He understands, what it means to treasure a corporation’s bottom line.
As a federal government contracting attorney, Mr. Watson has litigated and participated in litigation against various federal government procurement agencies at the GAO level, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Boards of Contract Appeals. His internal experience as a contracting executive equips him with inside exposure and understanding of the process of federal government contracting, as well as knowledge and insight into the defense and transportation sectors and the range of legal issues involved in running national organizations, such as management of side personnel, employment, and EEO litigation. He has an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved in assisting federal contractors in gaining the certifications and meeting the requirements of Joint Venture relationships, Mentor-Protege relationships, and teaming relationships.
Mr. Watson can provide legal guidance to federal contractors in the following areas:
- Small business law and FAR 19 (SDVOSB), HUBZone and SBA litigation)
- Procurement Policy considerations
- Native American government contracting
- Litigating Bid protests (GAO or U.S. Court of Federal Claims)
- Appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Appeals to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Contract compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations
- Contract Claims (submission or appeals of certified claims against the government)
- Contract terminations for default and convenience
- Small business size status before the SBA and Office of Hearings and Appeals
- Serve as False Claims and Fraudulent Contractor Co-Counsel
- Civil litigation and appeals
- Small business 8(a) certification matters
- Subcontracting matters and compliance
- Drafting and reviewing Teaming Agreements and joint ventures
- Federal government construction
- Miller Act Disputes
- Internal policy audits and controls
- Colorado Business Law and commercial litigation
- Employment Defense
- Colorado Construction law (Colorado and Government)
Federal Government Procurement Consulting
Given the highly competitive market in federal procurement, contractors have a tough time understanding federal procurement processes and the requirements of for getting federal contracts. Watson & Associates’ government contracts practice provides national guidance on various issues that arise while performing federal government contracts. His experience as a government contract lawyer, from actually working for federal contracting agencies and litigating complex procurements disputes contributes to the firm’s success.
Government Contract Claims and Disputes
Preparation, litigation and appeals: One of the issues that frequently occur after the initial award of a federal contract is to file a claim against the government on the contract. The Contract Disputes Act governs this process. Given the tricky and sometimes-confusing rules, contractors from overseas and throughout the United States secure Mr. Watson’s experience in dealing with the federal contracting claims process and appeals. Given his unique hands-on experience working for federal contracting agencies, he understands the mistakes and arguments used by the government during contract disputes litigation and appeals.
SBA Program Matters
Mr. Watson is often involved in cases about SBA Programs for small businesses. He helps to advise and consult with companies subjected to adverse decisions and to promptly resolve matters in favor of companies and government contractors. Areas of small business practice include SBA 8(a) matters. HUBZone status and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
Government Relations and FAR Compliance Counsel
Mr. Watson frequently assists small businesses and larger government contractors with FAR compliance, government relations, and internal policies and controls. Additionally, he has provided seminars, manuals, and standard legal advice to clients to help them meet compliance mandates on complicated labor and employment standards. Mr. Watson has worked in auditing companies’ internal government contracts programs. His goal is to prevent companies and their top executives from facing criminal action and fines while increasing their bottom line.
Federal Contract Litigation and Appeals
Mr. Watson has challenged or upheld contract awards before Federal agency tribunals, Boards of Contract Appeals, SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals, at the Government Accountability Office, Court of Federal Claims (COFC), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and at the various industry forums.
SBA Government Contracting and Small Business Matters
As a federal government small business lawyer, Mr. Watson also represents DOD contractors in compliance with or litigation in adverse actions, SBA 8(a) terminations and application appeals, SBA government contracting and affiliation and Ostensible Subcontractor Rule litigation at SBA OHA, contract novations, suspension and debarment proceedings, negotiations with the Department of Justice prosecutors concerning alleged failure to disclose knowledge of fraud, and other legal disputes arising from the procurement or performance of government contracts.
Outside Counsel and Assistance in Procurement Fraud Cases
Many companies and law firms often rely on Mr. Watson in his expertise with the various procurement phases and issues related to government procurement fraud. Whether as outside counsel or as part of a company’s defense team, he provides expertise in cases involving SDVOSB civil and criminal cases, SBA 8(a) BD Program Fraud and defense in False Claims Act cases.
International and Federal Contingency Contracting
US government contracts overseas sometimes have a unique set of rules in areas where war and contingency procurement measures are needed. Mr. Watson is frequently retained by clients in Afghanistan, Dubai and other middle eastern locations for help with contingency contracting matters.
Colorado Employment Defense
Mr. Watson represents employers in local cases involving discrimination based on national origin, race, religion, gender and wrongful termination under Title VII and Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. When employers receive complaints from the Colorado EEOC, companies call upon Mr. Watson for aggressive employer defense and legal counsel.
Colorado Corporate and Business Law
In addition to representing domestic and internal corporations with federal government contracting concerns, Mr. Watson also helps local companies needing business and corporate law legal assistance. This includes partnership disputes, incorporation, employment disputes, litigation, winding up and formal closings, commercial contracts and independent contractor matters in Colorado.
- Michigan State College of Law, J.D. Cum Laude
- Columbia College B.S. Criminal Justice Administration
- Community College of the Air Force, AAS Training and Education Management
- Community College of the Air Force, AAS Engineering Management
- Government Contracts – Level II Certification
- 6 O’Levels Oxford, London
- Public speaking- Mr. Watson is called upon by chambers of commerce across the country and locally to discuss federal procurement issues and legislative impact on DOD contractors.
- Adjunct Professor at a local college–Mr. Watson teaches business law, contracts, laws of evidence and constitutional law classes.
Through his years of experience, Mr. Watson has focused on one guiding principle: to serve as a trusted business and legal adviser delivering results and practical guidance, so clients can focus on the bottom line.
- U.S. District Courts
- Government Accountability Office (GAO)
- SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals
- Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
- Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
To further discuss how Mr. Watson can assist your organization, email him or call 866-601-5518.