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Government Contracts

Government Contracts


The laws and procedures of government contracting differ greatly from those in the commercial arena. Through years of experience, working in and out of government, Carlton Fields lawyers have a practical understanding of the statutes and regulations that prescribe the procedures and limitations unique to government contracting.

Our in-depth knowledge of construction law and experience in all stages of government contracting gives us a holistic view of the procurement process — from contract administration to litigation — and allows us to help our clients navigate the nuances of particular federal statutes and regulations in connection with construction and infrastructure projects.

We represent clients in numerous industries, including aerospace and defense, construction, energy, telecommunications, health care, and transportation.

We advise and represent our clients in all aspects of public contracts, including the following:

  • Bidding on government contracts and proposal documents
  • Bid and award protests
  • Changes and differing site conditions
  • Delays, suspensions of work, and acceleration
  • Defective work
  • Drafting requests for equitable adjustment (REAs)
  • Drafting claims
  • Terminations
  • Suspension and debarment proceedings
  • Joint ventures and teaming agreements
  • Subcontracts
  • Payment and performance bonds
  • Project management
  • Overseas contracts
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation, and arbitration
  • Government contract litigation before agencies, boards, and state and federal courts
  • Negotiation with government
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance

We have represented public owners (local and state government) on a variety of projects types, including:

  • Airports
  • Hotels
  • Housing
  • Office buildings
  • Roads
  • Power plants

From contract inception through litigation, Carlton Fields’ unique experience in the government contracting sector allows us to guide our clients through complicated government contracting issues.

Our Team

Key Contacts

Joseph A. McManus Jr.
Daniel K. Felsen
James P. Carney
David J. Butzer
Senior Counsel

Additional Members

Derek J. Padilla
Robert L. Shannon