Government Contracts

The attorneys in Gardere's government contracts practice are recognized leaders in government contracts law.  We have the breadth of experience necessary to provide clients with comprehensive solutions to the complex issues that arise from doing business with the government at all levels – local, state, national and foreign. We assist clients with and provide counsel on contract preparation, contract performance and contract compliance. We also have extensive resources to assist with dispute resolution and litigation when necessary.

Contract Preparation

  • Preparation and submission of bids and proposals
  • Formation of joint ventures and teaming agreements
  • Contract negotiations
  • Procurement protests of solicitation provisions
  • Evaluations
  • Contract awards
  • Mistakes in bids

Contract Performance

  • Contract interpretation
  • Change orders
  • Equitable adjustments
  • Allowability of costs
  • Payments
  • Warranties
  • Terminations
  • Defending against government claims

Contract Compliance

  • Contractor accounting systems
  • Purchasing systems
  • Quality control
  • Cost estimating
  • Government property
  • Minority subcontracting plans
  • Procurement integrity issues and related certifications

Gardere attorneys are up-to-date and knowledgeable on all federal, state and local procurement laws and regulations, including the Competition in Contracting Act, Buy American Act, Small Business Act, Truth in Negotiations Act and Cost Accounting Standards Act, along with related laws, such as export controls, small business preferences, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Kickback Act, False Claims Act and Trade Secrets Act.

To further support our government contracts clients, Gardere created and manages a computerized database consisting of nearly 60,000 digests of contract and governance decisions of the federal courts, boards of contract appeals, Texas appellate courts and the Texas Attorney General. This database is proprietary and is not available to any other lawyer or law firm in the country. The value added to these quoted paragraphs from published decisions and opinions is the alphabetical subject-matter index (three levels). Judicial and administrative decisions can be cross-referenced by the judge who wrote the opinion. This tool allows a researcher to identify relevant cases and read the relevant language from the opinion in a fraction of the time required by anyone using conventional computer word search methods.

Search Tips:

You may use the wildcard symbol (*) as a root expander.  A search for "anti*" will find not only "anti", but also "anti-trust", "antique", etc.

Entering two terms together in a search field will behave as though an "OR" is being used.  For example, entering "Antique Motorcars" as a Client Name search will find results with either word in the Client Name.

Operators

AND and OR may be used in a search.  Note: they must be capitalized, e.g., "Project AND Finance." 

The + and - sign operators may be used.  The + sign indicates that the term immediately following is required, while the - sign indicates to omit results that contain that term. E.g., "+real -estate" says results must have "real" but not "estate".

To perform an exact phrase search, surround your search phrase with quotation marks.  For example, "Project Finance".

Searches are not case sensitive.

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