February 06, 2012

Jenner & Block’s Government Contracts Practice has been named a Law360 “Government Contracts Group of the Year” for 2011.  In a lengthy feature, the online publication noted that Jenner & Block’s exemplary work for large, prominent defense contractors such as General Dynamics, L-3 Communications and Lockheed Martin Corporation earned the Firm this prestigious honor.

The profile highlights Jenner & Block’s representation of General Dynamics before the Supreme Court on the “A-12” litigation, successfully reversing the Federal Circuit’s decision in favor of the government and resuscitating the global defense contractor’s “21-years-and-counting case over the termination of a stealth aircraft development contract for the U.S. Navy.” 

Government Contracts Practice Co-Chair David A. Churchill is quoted in the article, commenting that the Supreme Court result “was a huge win for us,” and noting the Firm’s long history with General Dynamics on this matter.  Practice Co-Chair W. Jay DeVecchio states, “We have relationships that go back decades with a lot of these contractors and we've really become a partner with them in their business.”

The story also highlights Jenner & Block’s national litigation strength and interdisciplinary and inter-office approach to government contract disputes.  For example, the Firm’s personnel depth enabled it to handle about 35 bid protests last year, which Mr. DeVecchio calls an “enormous number,” adding, “I'm not sure there are any firms in the business that have handled as many protests or had as high a percentage of wins.”

Another case featured in the article as reflecting the Firm’s bench strength was U.S. ex rel. Yannacopoulos v. General Dynamics, which resulted in a significant False Claims Act victory.  The Firm’s interdisciplinary approach -- combining superb litigation skills with specialized government contract expertise -- helps explain why clients turn to Jenner & Block in False Claims Act and other litigated cases.

Law360 also recognized the Firm’s unique interdisciplinary ability to represent government contractors and suitors in large transactions, resulting in a remarkable capability to put together mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the government contracts space, according to Mr. DeVecchio.  The article noted that in 2011, Jenner & Block handled, among many other matters, multi-million dollar acquisitions of a naval ship repair facility, Metro Machine Corp.; a provider of blast- and ballistic-protected vehicles to United States and foreign militaries, Force Protection Inc.; and a leading U.S. Department of Health and Human Services information technology contractor, Vangent Inc.

Please click here for the full text of the Law360 feature.