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Government Contracting: Practices

Wellspring Advisers represents companies and individuals in cases involving government contract disputes in an array of tribunals. We litigate in federal district courts, state courts, the Court of Federal Claims, and the board of contract appeals. We understand government contract litigation and its processes. Whenever litigation is being contemplated or pursued, we assist with the preparation for negotiations and remain alert to the strategic considerations and opportunities for favorable settlements or alternative mechanisms that will help avoid protracted disputes.
If a dispute occurs during the performance of a government contract or subcontract, we assist the client in claims preparation and settlement negotiations. If the matter cannot be settled, we represent our clients in subsequent appeals to a Board of Contract Appeals or to the Court of Federal Claims when the claim is against the government. When the dispute involves a subcontractor, we litigate in state and federal courts or represent the client in arbitration proceedings. 
We get involved in all phases of litigation—from the claim and request for a contracting officer’s final decision or “demand letter” through discovery, motion practice, trial and appeal. Still, the greatest value we lend our clients is as practical and pragmatic advisers who is focused on the client’s broader goals—such as minimizing defense costs and the disruption to the client’s day-to-day business. We thus advocate a zealous initial review of matters to identify appropriate cases for early resolution (situations where the cost of defense quickly will exceed the cost of settlement; and cases that are unlikely to be resolved via motion practice) and pursue such resolution as appropriate.

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