Government contracts can be a lucrative enterprise and a big boon to business. However, the requirements and processes of landing a government contract are complex, and often give rise to complicated relationships between contractors and subcontractors involved in both the bidding and terms implementation.
A backbone of our practice is assisting companies with government contract relationships. We advise clients on risk mitigation and represent their interests when disputes arise. Our attorneys have substantial experience in the “rocket docket” court system of Northern Virginia, well known for its fast-paced disposition of cases. In this environment, attorneys must be proactive and decisive and must maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the regulations and court rules that affect clients’ cases.
Set asides give a contractor an advantage in the government contract bidding process. Yet, many businesses would not be able to effectively compete without partnering with a larger company that has the resources and experience to effectively fulfill the contract terms. A win-win teaming agreement gives minority-owned and women-owned businesses the ability to compete while allowing large corporations the opportunity to enter the bidding process.
Failure to adequately satisfy a government contract can cost a company substantial money and jeopardize its opportunities to win future government contracts, so a teaming agreement contract must be crafted to cover every detail. Our lawyers review teaming agreements with the eyes of a litigator to protect clients from conflicts. If the other party does not satisfy its obligations, we take aggressive action to hold the contractor or subcontractor accountable.
Restrictive Covenants Not to Compete and Nondisclosure Agreements
In order for a teaming agreement to be successful, companies must often share confidential trade secret information. The disclosure of important confidential information typically occurs at the earliest stages while preparing the bid for submission. Upon winning a bid, the companies work closely to complete the project, necessitating the continued disclosure of trade secrets.
A well-drafted teaming agreement includes a restrictive covenant not to compete and nondisclosure clauses that are vital to the future competitiveness of the companies. We hold the parties to these terms and pursue damages for violations. We also take steps to prevent further damages to our clients during the course of litigation and until completion of the project.
Many government contracting professionals are paid partially or entirely on commission. When those professionals separate from a business, there are often disputes about commissions allegedly due. Commissions may be based upon a number of factors set forth by employment contracts and the custom of the particular company and relationship at issue. Our attorneys quickly step in if the other party fails to abide by the agreed-upon financial arrangements. We prepare the claim as though it will proceed to trial, a tactic that puts our clients in the best position for settlement or litigation.
Contact Harvey & Binnall for Assistance in Managing Government Contract Relationships and Disputes
An experienced Alexandria commercial litigation lawyer at Harvey & Binnall, PLLC can assist your company in drafting and negotiating agreements and taking aggressive action to protect your company in litigation. Contact us today to learn more.