Federal Government Contracts

Federal Government Contracts:

“The definition of  Federal Government Contracts is the contractual and related processes of government procurement in the United States enable Federal, State, and Local government bodies in the United States to acquire goods, services (including construction), and interests in real property from other businesses.”


Small Businesses Focus, Risk Management, Preparing for Government Contracts

The Government of the United States is the world’s leading consumer. Therefore, winning or participating in a Government contract can be lucrative for your business.

However, doing business with the federal government invites certain requirements not commonly found in the commercial world. Below is a sampling of some of the legal authorities controlling federal government acquisition.

 

A government contracts attorney specializes in law that covers the awarding of government contracts and any litigation of related disputes that arise. 

Government contracts lawyers don’t just sit at their desks reviewing contracts. What we do involves a broad range of legal skills, including litigation. Bid protests form the bulk of all legal contentious work, along with disputes involving cost recovery or performance problems. Lawyers will also defend contractors accused of fraud or other misconduct. Additionally, attorneys help contractors navigate the regulations and special rules tied to providing goods and services to the federal government. Advising on subcontracts, scheduling, and organizational conflicts are all common activities too.

You must have an experienced federal government contracts attorney on your team to help you navigate this sometimes confusing and challenging process.

Attorney and founder of the Lexwerx Law Firm, LLC (“Lexwerx”) Paul Ferreira CPA, CFE, Esq has served as in house counsel to not-for-profits and private companies in the Tampa Bay area doing business with the Department of Defense.

His experience will help identify what your organization needs to tackle a government contract successfully.

Whether you are new to the world of GovCon or are overwhelmed with the requirements of existing government contracts, it’s ideal to have Lexwerx on your team.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re preparing your bid proposal and don’t know the best practices, you may want the advice of a government contract attorney. The right lawyer will know the ins and outs of government contracts to give you the best chance of securing one.

You may want to contact a government contract attorney if you’ve suffered mistreatment as a government contractor, including:

  • Benefits to service employees
  • Unfair pay or overtime pay
  • Unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous working conditions
  • Discrimination

A government contract attorney can help you throughout the duration of your contract. This may include:

  • Helping you prepare a thorough proposal to present to the government
  • Assisting if there’s a bid protest or dispute regarding who was awarded the contract
  • Advising you on the procedures and regulations that characterize government contracts, such as mandatory disclosure
  • Handling claims and disputes, representing you in court if need be

With THE LEXWERX LAW FIRM, LLC, clients are billed monthly based on your selected fee plan: Hourly, Monthly Fee Plan, General Counsel for a Day Plan, or Project Specific Flat Rate Plan. 

An hourly rate is straightforward, and you will be charged for the hours worked by your attorney, as well as any associates and paralegals.

Contingency means that you will not have to pay anything upfront, but your lawyer will take a percentage if you win your case. Your lawyer will only use this method if you have a good chance of winning a sizeable amount of money.

Rates of both hourly and contingency fees vary based on where you are located and how complicated the case is. Set a rate upfront with your lawyer, so you know what to expect.

Entering a government contract means accepting the rules and regulations that come along with it.

Securing a contract can also be difficult since the government often bundles contracts, and you’re competing with companies that may have long contractual relationships.

A government contracts attorney can advise you on government contract prerequisites and can file any necessary paperwork.

If you’re dealing with a dispute and go to court or attempt negotiations, you can win a large settlement.

However, government contracts are very tight and strictly regulated, and you may have to put in a lot of time and effort to prove your case.

A government contract attorney is best equipped to help you in this scenario.

We apply our government contracting experience in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Construction, Architecture, and Engineering
  • Defense and Aerospace
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology, Telecommunications and Information Systems
  • Intelligence Community Contractors
  • GSA and VA Federal Supply Schedule Contractors
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security
  • Logistics and Troop Support
  • Manufacturing and Products
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Training
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation 

With THE LEXWERX LAW FIRM, LLC, clients are billed monthly based on your selected fee plan: Hourly, Monthly Fee Plan, General Counsel for a Day Plan, or Project Specific Flat Rate Plan.

The prices listed do not include applicable taxes and expenses paid on your behalf.

However, we are committed to providing affordable and transparent legal services, so we do not charge for the following:

  • Photocopying, Printing, and Scanning (* Non-normal quantities or Client requested duplicates may incur a fee)
  • Travel within the Greater Tampa Bay area
  • Long-distance telephone calls

Never!

Once you have assigned us a legal task, THE LEXWERX LAW FIRM, LLC will give you an estimate of the required hours for completion and continually communicate project status and any change in scope and estimated cost to allow you to understand and budget for your legal spend.

Predictability.

You know beforehand what your expenses will be.

We will invoice you no less than monthly on the first of each month.  If we need to make adjustments in your monthly retainer, we will reach out and have a chat. 

Businesses without in-house legal counsel often hesitate to seek help from traditional law firms due to their services’ high and unpredictable costs.

As a law firm with significant in-house legal counsel experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, our Outsourced General Counsel understands how timely and strategic legal advice can help you make the right business decisions.

Our “Customized to You” Monthly Fee Plans allow you to retain experienced legal counsel on a monthly budget without the cost of full-time in-house legal counsel.

It is 100% Your Choice!

  1. You can choose to roll-over your balance to the next month or
  2. We will refund the balance and review if we should adjust your next month’s bill to a lower amount.

THE LEXWERX LAW FIRM, LLC offers prospective clients a Complimentary 60-minute Initial Consultation.

We prefer to come to your business place to meet with you and get a feel for your business. Alternatively, we can meet virtually or at our offices in Tampa.

We like to get an opportunity to understand your business during this initial consultation better, explain our practical approach to legal services, and determine how we can support your company.

Just click on the “Request a Complimentary Consultation” button on this page to contact us and schedule a date and time to chat that works best for you.

This Frequently Asked Questions section contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

How to Choose Your Federal Government Contracts Attorney

So, when you are interviewing us or others for your Federal Government Contracting Counsel, allow me to share some of my client’s Favorite Questions I urge you to know the answers to these before you make your hiring decision:

  1. How do you stay current on changes in laws and regulations? Please recite three legal principles of contract administration.
  2. What would you do if you discover a mistake you made in a contract that stands to cost your company money?
  3. How do you prioritize all the tasks and functions that come with being a contract administrator?
  4. How do identify and react when there has been a change to the contract?
  5. Describe a situation where you faced an ethical issue and how you resolved it.

Contact Us For Guidance On Government Contracts Attorney

Choosing the right Federal Governments Contracts Counsel can help you avoid pitfalls and resolve issues more efficiently.

THE LEXWERX LAW FIRM, LLC, of Tampa, Florida, will guide you through why we are the right choice to act as your Outsourced General Counsel. In fact, we provide custom solutions based on your specific needs and corporate dynamics. We serve the greater Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida area.

For a Complimentary Initial Consultation, call us at 813-519-4339.

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