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Leveraging Crowell & Moring’s strength in government contracts, deep bench of litigators, and the unique perspective of former government enforcement officials, our team has successfully defended clients from across the country and around the world in connection with investigations and litigation of procurement fraud matters. Our practice spans investigations by grand juries, federal agencies and inspectors general, congressional committees, and other investigative officials and bodies. Our clients range from multinational corporations to closely held businesses, and from boards of directors and CEOs to sales representatives.

What differentiates our team from others is our deep experience across several practice specialties. Our team includes seasoned investigations lawyers who have handled hundreds of high-impact investigations, as well as white collar and regulatory enforcement lawyers who have collectively tried hundreds of cases, a former government suspending and debarring official who signed hundreds of debarments, a former procurement fraud remedies director for a military department who coordinated thousands of fraud cases, and the former chair of the Department of Defense/NASA Procurement Fraud Working Group. Leveraging decades of leading government contracts experience, we strategically align our substantive experience in procurement laws and regulations with our formidable investigation and litigation experience, bringing our clients a powerful capacity to analyze, advise, and zealously advocate their positions.

Crowell & Moring's procurement fraud investigations and defense team has an extensive history that covers the full range of federal civil and criminal enforcement, as well as suspension and debarment proceedings. Our practice includes deep False Claims Act/qui tam experience, along with significant experience with the Anti-Kickback Act, Major Fraud Act, export control issues, false statements, Honest Services Fraud, and Mail and Wire Fraud matters. Additionally, our trial experience brings us the judgment and confidence to win in court when informal resolution or settlement efforts have been exhausted.

Our mission is simple: We strive to resolve government investigations as quickly and favorably as possible. When necessary, we proceed to trial, where we have an outstanding success rate.

Representative Engagements

  • Tried and obtained defense verdict for a globally significant government contractor in a False Claims Act case involving allegations of procurement fraud, with over $1 billion in claimed damages.
  • Represented a major food supplier in parallel criminal and civil investigations relating to federal prime vendor contracts.
  • Represented a foreign company in parallel criminal, civil, and congressional investigations relating to alleged fraud in connection with over $1 billion in government contracts.
  • Represented a client in the successful challenge of relator as original source of allegations that the contractor violated various federal environmental regulations while processing waste at a nuclear weapons facility.

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"Fastest 5 Minutes: COVID Vaccine Requirements for Contractors, Revolving Door, and Small Business Matters," Podcast: Fastest 5 Minutes in Government Contracts (September 21, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, M. Yuan Zhou
Client Alert/Newsletter
"COFC Refuses to Expand Blue & Gold and Requires Army to Consider Performance Risk in Cost Realism Evaluation," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 20, 2021). Contacts: Anuj Vohra, Robert J. Sneckenberg, William B. O'Reilly, Karla V. Perez Chacon, John E. McCarthy Jr.
Client Alert/Newsletter
"COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Considerations Following Biden Administration’s New Vaccine Mandate Initiatives," Crowell & Moring Webinar (September 17, 2021). Speakers: Thomas P. Gies, Katie Erno, Janet Walker, Michelle D. Coleman, and Daniel W. Wolff.
Speech/Presentation
"FAR Updated to Conform with Prior SBA Changes to its Regulations," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 16, 2021). Contacts: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert/Newsletter
“The Next Sixty Years: Trends and Watch Items in Government Contracting,” 60th Annual National Seminar on Government Contracts (September 15, 2021). Speaker: Michelle D. Coleman.
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FAR Conformed to the “New” Limitations on Subcontracting Methodology at 13 C.F.R. § 125.6 (September 15, 2021). Authors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels and Zachary Schroeder.
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Assessing Good Faith Efforts to Comply with a Small Business Subcontracting Plan (September 15, 2021). Authors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels and Zachary Schroeder.
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"President Biden Announces Six-Pronged Plan to Combat COVID-19, With Implications for Both the Private and Public Sector," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (September 10, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Daniel W. Wolff, Michelle D. Coleman, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert/Newsletter
"President Biden Announces National Vaccination Strategy: Contractors Are Subject to New Vaccine Requirements," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 10, 2021). Contacts: Michelle D. Coleman, Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Peter Eyre, Thomas P. Gies, Skye Mathieson, John Nakoneczny
Client Alert/Newsletter
"GAO Rules that DoD May Not Require a Small Business Joint Venture Itself to Hold Facility Clearance," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 8, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Jonathan M. Baker, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels
Client Alert/Newsletter

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