McGlinchey Stafford’s Government Contracts Group has extensive experience representing government contractors and governmental entities in the broad array of special issues that arise when contracting with local, state, or the federal government, such as:

  • All phases of the procurement process
  • Responding to solicitations
  • Negotiating, drafting, and evaluating contracts
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Transactional and compliance advice
  • Bid protests
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Litigation

Governmental Compliance

We provide guidance to public and private companies, organizations, and individuals doing business with governments at all levels. Our group is familiar with the statutes and regulations driving the business systems that must be in place and running efficiently for a contractor to receive and perform government contracts. We know that legal compliance is an essential requirement of a successful government contracting business, and we help our clients align their business strategies to achieve compliance, resulting in improved credibility with government authorities who are responsible for public funds.

Our attorneys provide day-to-day legal advice to in-house attorneys, contract managers, and executives facing the myriad rules and regulations that challenge this industry. We have strived for a reputation for precise, persuasive, and informed communications with governing authorities and clients. We understand that government contracts issues can often have serious collateral implications in other areas of the law, including criminal penalties, and we have advised companies on these issues as well.

Procurement Process

McGlinchey Stafford’s Government Contracts attorneys have deep experience in all phases of the procurement process, from responding to solicitations to negotiating, drafting, and evaluating contracts. We assist clients with all types of procurements at all levels of government, including small purchases, sealed bids, and competitive proposals.

Dispute Resolution

We assist clients when problems arise with the government, seeking to prevent costly litigation. When litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys have extensive experience with government contracting dispute resolution methods, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation. We deliver effective services to clients in prosecuting and defending bid protests, contract claims, False Claims Act litigation, as well as in defending audits and investigations (including federal grand juries).

We recently served as counsel to the general contractor on a public-private partnership to build a 21-mile stretch of interstate in Indiana. We also represented the government in a large contract termination-for-convenience arbitration proceeding in Louisiana. We regularly handle public bid protests, having recently handled such matters for a large medical technology company, a large national pharmacy benefits management company, and an online reverse auction services company.

Our Commitment

McGlinchey Stafford’s Government Contract attorneys are active within the American Bar Association (ABA), and stay involved in committee work to help the government contracts bar in shaping law and policy. Our attorneys in this group are frequent authors on government contracting topics, and have contributed to the chapter on Louisiana procurement law for the forthcoming second edition of the ABA’s Guide to State Procurement. The group is also active in the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law and State & Local Procurement Division.

Our professionals serve as speakers and panelists and attend conferences, seminars, and symposia on developments in state, local, and federal procurement law. We know that government contracting is subject to frequent and rapid changes in law and policy, and we work steadily to keep our knowledge base current.