Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Attorneys Making Sure That Legal Merits of Your Case are Ripe for Appeal. Get Help Addressing the Errors Committed by the Lower Court in a Federal Government Procurement Case. Our Federal Court Lawyers Help Focus on the Real Legal Issues that the Federal Court of Appeal Look at.

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit & Federal Court of Appeal Law FirmAppealing a case to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), whether intervening or bringing the appeal, requires a different set of litigation skills and knowledge than those required at the trial court level.

  • Not every case is fit for appeal simply because the standard of review is significantly different than at the trial court level ( usually the Court of Claims).
  • Depending on the rationale for wanting to appeal the lower court’s decision, preparation for an appellate case can be time-consuming and costly.
  • Spending the resources to properly evaluate the merits of your appeal up front can save thousands of dollars compared to filing an appellate case only to have it dismissed.
  • Unlike the other courts of appeals, the court of appeals for the federal circuit has very strict guidelines and when it comes to jurisdiction and other disputes raised by the government, appellate federal court lawyers should be well aware of the procurement law nuances that can arise.

United State Federal Circuit Court of Appeals & Government Procurement Appellate Lawyers Services 

  • Court of Federal Claims (COFC) Bid Protest Appeals
  • Circuit Court Jurisdiction Disputes
  • Competition in Contracting Act
  • Termination for Default & Convenience Appeals
  • Appeal Summary Judgement Decisions
  • Suspension and Debarment issues
  • Government Contract Claims & Contract Disputes Act Appellate cases
  • ASBCA Appeals
  • CBCA Appeal Decisions
  • SBA OHA small business decisions to CAFC

Many cases before this circuit court involve other substantive areas such as patents and constitutional issues. When a contractor appeals to the court, it can be beneficial to have a federal appeals attorney that understands federal government procurement law and the contested issues that arise at the appellate level. Not all Federal Court of Appeal attorneys understand federal government contracting laws.

  • Small business appellate disputes can consume appellate lawyers with the various nuances of SBA regulations such as affiliation and violations of size standard regulations
  • When bid protest decisions are involved, our federal court lawyers understand the various issues that can arise. Therefore, a more concise assess of the lower court’s decision proves advantageous to the contractor appealing the case.

OUR APPROACH

Given the short time to properly prepare for appeal to federal court,  our federal appeal attorneys, will review the entire lower court’s record for evidence of clear and reversible error, find legal authority to support our position and then report back to the client on whether there is some level of legal merit to appealing the case to federal court. If there is none, we will explain our reasoning.

  • Clients benefit from the initial assessment cost versus charging to appeal and spending hundreds of thousands in appeal and litigation costs.
  • When we take on a procurement appeals case to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, we dedicate a team of professionals to move the case from the initial phase all the way through briefs and oral argument.

The focus on each case is the error committed by the lower court and not the initial merits of the case as it would be at the trial court level. When it comes to government contracts and procurement appellate cases, you should also consider retaining legal counsel that understands the substantive areas of government contract law.

  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit differs from the other courts of appeals because it mainly looks at the level of error committed by the lower court and not to retry the case on the merits.

Having a detailed review of the record from the agency level all the way to the appellate level is the path that finds errors in the record, evidence that was not properly admitted, or other reversible error.

  • You want to get an honest opinion as to the strength and weakness of your appellate case early.
  • Hiring an appellate lawyer promptly after the trial court rules is advisable. The appeal lawyer would have more time to properly assess the lower courts’ record. 

With law offices in Washington DC and Colorado, the appellate lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC  help government contractors across the United States and overseas to assess the merits of filing an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and to aggressively advocate on their behalf.

 

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CAFC Contract Disputes Act, Default Terminations  & Government Contract Claims Appeals

Many appellate cases are brought before the United State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC due to an alleged legal error at the lower court. Disputes including a lower court’s decision regarding construction contract delay claims, differing site conditions, and liquidated damages in federal government construction contracts that are in dispute.

  • Our CAFC Federal Circuit Court of Appeals lawyers will review the record and provide detailed guidance about the merits of any potential appeal to the federal circuit. This includes lower court decisions for termination for default or suspension and debarments.
  • Upon a detailed review, we advise our clients about the merits of a potential appeal and the pros and cons.

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – Bid Protest Litigation

As a federal contractor, you may have received an adverse decision at the Court of Federal Claims level or some other lower court.  You may want to consider appealing the Court Federal Claims decision. However, you want to see where the merits stand for appeal. Our Federal Court lawyers handle government contract bid protest appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • With our deep understanding of the procurement process and bid protest litigation, we can provide you with an honest assessment of a  potential appeal.
  • Getting a detail legal assessment early is better than spending hundreds of thousands in litigation cost to only get an adverse decision from the court.

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – SBA OHA Decisions 

Watson’s government contract law appeals attorneys also represent small businesses by appealing adverse decisions from SBA  Office of Hearings and SBA OHA Appeals to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • Our federal court lawyers litigate cases involving SBA affiliation rules and Small Business Size Appeal decisions involving the various aspects of the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule, teaming arrangements, Joint Venture Agreements, and Mentor Protégé relationships.

Our attorneys apply small business regulations, exhaustion of administrative remedies issues, and present persuasive briefs to the Court of Appeals.

Federal Court of Appeal Process

When a case at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is docketed with the Clerk of the Court, and assigned a docket number, each party must then prepare and file appellate briefs that address the material arguments. The appellate attorneys will also submit materials (relevant documents in the record, transcripts of testimony derived from the lower court.

  • When appellate briefs are filed, the court schedules the case for oral arguments before the judges. Each side gets between 15 and 30 minutes to present oral arguments.

US Federal Circuit Court Jurisdiction on Appeal

 This federal circuit court’s jurisdiction to hear stems from Article III of the United States Constitution. As federal appeal lawyers, Watson & Associates’ provide legal advice and high-level representation to small businesses and large firms seeking appellate review of lower court decisions.

Federal Circuit litigation for a US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit attorney can be very time intensive and need focused and dedicated attention by appellate attorneys.  The Court hears a variety of government contracting cases including Contract Disputes Act Claims against the government, COFC bid protest appeals, SBA OHA small business appeals, appeals from the United States Court of Federal Claims, appeal from the Boards of Contract Appeals.

Common Reasons Why Appellants May Not Prevail a the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

FAILURE TO PRESERVE THE CASE AGAINST AN ADVERSE JUDGEMENT AT THE TRIAL LEVEL

Oftentimes the trial attorney may not have preserved evident at the Court of Federal Claims or trial court. Failure to preserve evidence starts with understanding the waiver issue where the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may make an adverse ruling because the trial attorney failed to make an offer of proof at the trial court.  By preserve objections to exclusion of evidence, an offer of proof at the Court of Claims or trial court places the excluded evidence on the record so that the federal appellate court can determine whether the improper exclusion of evidence at trial warrants reversal.”

FAILURE TO OBJECT TO EVIDENCE SUBMITTED AT TRIAL

 A common problem is federal circuit court appeal cases arise when the basis of appeal is that the lower court applied evidence or testimony that led to the adverse decision. In appeal cases such as bid protest, denial of contract claims or even termination for default appeal cases, the trial attorney must first make an objection on the record. Without it, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may rule that the contractor has waived its right to bring the issue up on appeal when there is no objection on the trial court record.

 

Call Our Washington DC US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Lawyers

For immediate help from one of the top appellate law firms for government contracting, with appealing a case to the US Federal Court of Appeal, call our CO and Washington DC government contracts federal circuit court of appeals lawyers at 1-866-601-5518. FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.

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