Jenner & Block

Government Contracts

Representative Engagements

Led by a seasoned team of government contract lawyers, the Government Contracts Practice Group blends the experience of leading industry attorneys with the nationally-recognized litigation talent of Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office.  Chambers 2010 notes, “This group is highly recommended for litigation, particularly bid protests, cost litigation, contract disputes, and fraud cases.”  Clients particularly appreciate the “flexible fees . . . and efficient managing of work.”

We counsel and represent companies, from the largest defense contractors to start-up small businesses, in literally every aspect of this field, from the beginnings of contracts to their terminations and everything in between.

Our work includes:

  • Representing disappointed offerors and successful awardees in “bid protests”—challenges to the award of a government contract.
  • Enabling contractors to obtain the benefits of streamlined procurement rules for commercial items.
  • Advising clients who wish to transfer goods, services or information to or from foreign countries on export control and domestic content restrictions.
  • Counseling clients on the Government’s use of “Other Transactions”. 
  • Helping clients prepare and analyze internal policies and procedures for ethics and compliance issues faced by contractors.
  • Counseling clients on unique cost allowability and allocability issues presented under government contracts, counseling on compliance with the Truth in Negotiations Act, and representing contractors in defective pricing, cost and cost accounting system claims.
  • Counseling contractors on intellectual property issues—patent and technical data rights and software licenses—under government contracts.
  • Preparing and litigating claims and resolving other contract disputes.
  • Helping contractors deal with contract terminations for default and for convenience.
  • Representing contractors who face criminal or contract fraud allegations brought by internal and external “whistleblowers” and the government.
  • Assisting clients on the government contract aspects of mergers, asset purchases, joint ventures, teaming agreements, and other business combinations.