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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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"You Snooze, You Lose: Contractor’s Compensation Costs are Not Expressly Unallowable When the Government Delayed in Setting Annual Cap," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 16, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Erin Rankin, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert/Newsletter
"District Court Reverses Course on Whether Kickbacks Presumptively Inflated Government Costs Under the False Claims Act," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 15, 2021). Contacts: Stephen M. Byers, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Jared Engelking, Bridget Carr
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Fastest 5 Minutes: National Security, Mandatory Disclosures, Small Business (June 15)," Podcast: Fastest 5 Minutes in Government Contracts (June 15, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, M. Yuan Zhou
Client Alert/Newsletter
"False Claims Act Consent Judgment Can Prompt Termination of SDVOSB Status Even Without an Admission of Liability," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 14, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Lyndsay A. Gorton, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert/Newsletter
Legal 500 United States Ranks Crowell & Moring in Six Practice Areas in 2021 Guide (Jun.14.2021)
Firm News/Announcement
Apple Is Said To Have Turned Over Data On Trump’s White House Counsel In 2018 The New York Times (June 13, 2021)
Media Mentions
"How Vast Government Aid and Imaginative Enforcement Could Mean FCA Liability for a Growing Breadth of Industries," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 10, 2021). Contacts: Preston L. Pugh, Danielle Rowan
Client Alert/Newsletter
DOJ Is Getting More Imaginative With False Claims Act Enforcement And Hitting A Growing Range of Organizations (June 8, 2021). Authors: Preston L. Pugh, and Danielle Rowan.
Publications
"False Claims Act Settlement Highlights DOJ’s Continued Pursuit of Large Contractors That Fail to Meet Subcontracting Requirements," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 8, 2021). Contacts: Stephen M. Byers, Olivia Lynch, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Jared Engelking
Client Alert/Newsletter
Are You A New U.S. Government Contractor? Here Are Answers To Frequently Asked Questions (June 3, 2021). Authors: Gail D. Zirkelbach, Peter Eyre, William B. O'Reilly, and Zachary Schroeder.
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Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 550 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, 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, equity and inclusion. The firm has offices in Brussels, Doha, London, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.

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