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We are actively engaged in counseling clients on current legislative and regulatory issues that affect government contractors. Driven by the wide array of goods and services our clients sell to federal, state, and local governments, as well as governmental agencies, our lawyers keep abreast of policy initiatives, new legislative bills, and regulatory proposals from the time that they first surface. Developments in e-business and new commercial item legislation are recent examples.

Keeping in Touch

Our lawyers have excellent relationships and contacts with key decision makers in the executive and legislative branches. Several of them have served in senior government positions before joining Crowell & Moring, and they maintain their contacts with key incumbents.

Strategy, Analysis, and Action

Our legislative representations include headline cases, single client matters, and, most often, coalitions of companies or trade associations that share a common concern. The focus of our work is the key congressional committees with jurisdiction over the matter at issue, and our activities include:

  • Drafting critical legislative language
  • Preparing detailed legal analyses or shorter rationales to support or oppose proposed legislation
  • Preparing talking points for lawyers and lobbyists
  • Developing strategic lobbying plans and lobbying members of key committees

Testimony Plus

We help clients prepare for testifying before federal and state legislative committees. We conduct mock hearings during which the witness practices and refines his or her testimony, and firm lawyers pose questions to the witness assuming the demeanor of members of the particular committee. We also prepare "Dear Colleague" letters, floor statements, and op-ed pieces.

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"GAO Rejects Use of Highest-Technically Rated Reasonably-Priced Award Criteria for FSS Contracts," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 23, 2020). Contacts: Jonathan M. Baker, Mark A. Ries, Anuj Vohra, Eric M. Ransom, William B. O'Reilly
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Crowell & Moring Releases Litigation Forecast 2020: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year (Jan.22.2020)
Firm News/Announcement
Illumina/PacBio: Killing A Killer Acquisition, Or The Birth Of Nascent Competition Enforcement? (January 22, 2020). Authors: Alexis J. Gilman, Sean-Paul Brankin, Olivier N. Antoine, Evi Mattioli and Eric Ashby.
Government Contracts – Government and Industry Tensions Around Intellectual Property (January 22, 2020). Contributor: Nicole Owren-Wiest.
"Fastest 5 Minutes: ITAR, FCA, Bid Protest News (January 17)," Podcast: Fastest 5 Minutes in Government Contracts (January 17, 2020). Contacts: David B. Robbins, Peter Eyre
Client Alert/Newsletter
GSA Fine-Tunes E-Commerce Effort Federal Computer Week (January 17, 2020)
In the News
"FY 2020 NDAA," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 16, 2020). Contacts: John E. McCarthy Jr., Peter Eyre, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Judy Choi, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Payal Nanavati
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Let's Talk FCA: Resolving False Claims Act Disputes (January 2020)," Podcast: Let's Talk FCA (January 16, 2020). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Jason M. Crawford
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Emerging False Claims Act Risks for 2020 and Beyond," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 15, 2020). Presenters: Crowell & Moring Government Contracts Group.
"Raise Confirmed! DoD Finalizes Doubling of CPSR Threshold," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 10, 2020). Contacts: Charles Baek, Nicole Owren-Wiest
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Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.

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