Government Contracts

Decades of experience advising innovative companies and their investors on the evolving risks and challenges of doing business with the world’s largest customer

Why Cooley

We’re not your typical government contracts counsel

Practical guidance, not regulatory minutiae

We focus on our clients’ business goals and help founders, executives, board members and other decision-makers evaluate government business risks and identify practical solutions

Business-focused regulatory counseling

We advise hundreds of clients annually about the regulatory terms and conditions incorporated in government contracts – including those that allocate rights in intellectual property, impose cybersecurity requirements, limit contract awards to small businesses, restrict the country of origin for products and services, and govern access to classified information

Wide experience from formation to exit – and beyond

We are deeply integrated with Cooley’s leading emerging companies, venture capital, fund formation, capital markets and M&A practices, allowing us to offer seamless and sophisticated advice that is tailored to the needs of our technology and life sciences clients at each stage of their life cycle

Support for powerhouse transactions

We support buyers, sellers and investors on dozens of strategic transactions every year, giving us experience with deal documents, dynamics and terms that more traditional government contracts practices simply cannot match

Deep knowledge of bid protests, internal investigations and whistleblower defense

We have two decades of experience representing clients in bid protest actions, as both protester and intervenor; guide clients through internal investigations, mandatory disclosures, and suspension and debarment proceedings; and defend clients in qui tam cases

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