Seminar October 24, 2018

2018 GovCon Briefing and CLE

Event Detail
Jeffrey A. Belkin, J. Andrew Howard, Jessica L. Sharron, Jeremy C. Silverman
October 24, 2018
12:30 PM - 7:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Alston & Bird
950 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Jeff Belkin, Andy Howard, Mike Mortorano, Jeniffer Roberts, Jessica Sharron, Jeremy Silverman, and Katherine Veeder from our Government Contracts team host this event discussing the latest developments and industry updates for a complimentary half-day CLE program.

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12:30-1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00-5:30 p.m. Program
5:30 p.m. Reception


Government Contracts M&A: Hot Topics and Market Trends with Jean Stack of Robert W. Baird & Co, Jeremy Silverman, and Jeniffer Roberts.

This session will focus on mergers and acquisitions involving government contractors, including some of the unique legal and business considerations presented by these transactions. Jean Stack will provide a brief overview of recent transaction activity and market trends in federal sector M&A. A panel discussion will follow, focusing on key issues and current hot topics relevant to deals involving government contractors. Topics will include:

  • Best practices for evaluating legal compliance issues during the due diligence process (and how to address these matters in the post-deal integration process).
  • Treatment of small business and other set-aside contracts in the context of M&A deals.
  • Special considerations when transactions involve buyers subject to foreign ownership, control, or influence.

Avoiding Headlines and Hot Water: Sustainable and Scalable Government Contracts Compliance & Ethics Programs in the Trump Era with Jeniffer Roberts and Katherine Veeder.

This session will provide an update on new government contracting rules and regulations related to regulatory compliance. In addition, we will discuss the key metrics associated with effective, sustainable, and scalable ethics and compliance programs and how best to design a compliance program that meets the needs of your organization no matter how big or small it is. This will be an interactive session with a variety of compliance scenarios being posed to participants, focused on the latest regulatory compliance developments and how companies can best achieve compliance.

Claims Mitigation and Prosecution Strategies for Government Contractors with Andy Howard and Jessica Sharron.

This session will explore:

  • What are the key differences between government contracts claims and typical commercial claims litigation?
    • Mandatory pre-litigation administrative remedies
    • Dedicated tribunals; pros & cons of each
    • Mandatory continuing contract performance during disputes
  • What are some common pitfalls impairing government contracts claims and how can they be neutralized?
    • Apparent vs. actual authority; evaluate warrant authority for all major contract actions
    • Patent vs. latent defects: can contractors demonstrate actual pre-bid reliance on proffered interpretation?
    • The dilemma of the cumulative impact claim
    • ADR: when to use it and strategies
    • REAs vs. CDA certified claims

Ethical Quandaries for the GovCon Lawyer with Jeff Belkin and Mike Mortorano.

This session will present ethical situations relating to:

  • Whether the mandatory disclosure provisions in the FAR cross into crime-fraud territory.
  • Conflicts of interest in the world of procurement protests:
    • Legal versus business conflicts
    • Multiple-award procurements and joint venture representations
  • Litigation finance, qui tams, and the attorney-client privilege.


For questions please contact Trey Flythe at


CLE credit is pending in Virginia for general and ethics. Additional states may be available upon request.

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