Government Contracts

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    DOD Enacting Measures To Improve Acquisitions, GAO Says

    The Department of Defense is putting in place measures to make it easier for commercial science and tech firms to participate in the procurement process, according to a report made public Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ill. Ducks Human Service Coalition's Pay Suit

    A lawsuit that would have forced the state of Illinois to pay out tens of millions of dollars to human and social service agencies contracted with the state has been dismissed from St. Clair County Court, the coalition announced Thursday.

  • July 21, 2017

    Judge Overturns Lengthy Debarment On DOD Food Contractor

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge has overturned a 15-year federal contracting debarment issued by the U.S. Department of Defense’s logistics agency to a food exporter and its owners after related overcharging cases, ruling the DLA lacked evidence for the necessary “aggravating circumstances” to justify the lengthy exclusion.

  • July 21, 2017

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's John R. Prairie

    Wiley Rein LLP’s John Prairie has become a go-to attorney for a broad range of federal contractors in high-stakes litigation like Supreme Foodservice’s ongoing $10 billion dispute with the Pentagon, the largest ever case before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, earning him a spot as one of five government contracts attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ex-KBR Worker Urges DC Circ. To Revive FCA Kickbacks Suit

    A former KBR Inc. employee asked the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to rescue his False Claims Act suit against the defense contractor, saying a lower court improperly ignored crucial evidence when it dismissed the case in March.

  • July 21, 2017

    FCA Relators Can’t Self-Represent, 5th Circ. Rules

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act suit alleging a theft scheme at a federal prison facility, ruling that because they act on behalf of the government, relators cannot represent themselves in FCA cases.

  • July 21, 2017

    Trust Co. Faces Another Effort To Enforce Arbitral Awards

    A contractor urged a New York federal court Thursday to require Delaware Trust Co. to turn over a $21.1 million payment from the Republic of Congo as part of its efforts to collect on arbitral awards, a request Delaware Trust has already pushed back against in two related cases.

  • July 20, 2017

    NJ Water Contractor Gets 2 Years For $1M Kickback Scheme

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday handed down a two-year prison term to a former contractor for his role in a nearly $1 million kickback scheme at a defunct Newark water agency, saying the sentence was needed to deter others from engaging in such public corruption.

  • July 20, 2017

    10th Sentence Handed Down In Fla. Health Care Fraud Case

    A federal judge in Miami has sentenced the last of 10 South Florida assisted living facility owners charged last year for conspiring with a local pharmacy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and court records.

  • July 20, 2017

    2nd Circ. Upholds Order Tossing $57M Award Against Laos

    The Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a New York federal court’s decision to vacate its own order enforcing a $57 million arbitral award against Laos after a Malaysian court set the award aside, finding an international enforcement agreement requires deference to the region where arbitration proceedings took place.

  • July 20, 2017

    House Panel Approves 2018 Budget Bill

    The House Budget Committee on Wednesday approved a budget resolution for fiscal 2018 that would allow $1.132 trillion for discretionary spending, increasing funding for defense while making significant planned cuts to health care and other mandatory expenditures and pushing for a tax overhaul.

  • July 20, 2017

    Vanguard Claim Row Belongs In District Court, Judge Rules

    A Tennessee federal magistrate judge sent a bankruptcy subfight connected to alleged false claims by Vanguard Healthcare LLC to federal district court on Wednesday, saying objections to the government's claims in the bankruptcy should be heard together with a False Claims Act suit filed in September.

  • July 20, 2017

    FirstNet Execs Say They'll Address Tribal Leaders' Concerns

    Executives in charge of steering the multibillion-dollar FirstNet emergency response network promised Thursday to reach out to tribal leaders to alleviate concerns about the network’s security, reliability and performance in rural areas.

Expert Analysis

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

    Taite McDonald

    The Trump administration's actions sometimes seem to favor fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. But federal energy procurement programs clearly continue to promote an integration of the two. The market for renewable energy at military and other government installations will likely continue to grow, say Taite McDonald and Stephen Bolotin of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Turning Bust To Boom: P3 Initiatives Under PROMESA

    Richard Cooper

    Normally, investors and lenders to public-private partnerships avoid pursuing projects where the government’s ability to provide financial, operational and logistical support is subject to considerable uncertainty. But the tools provided by the Puerto Rican Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act can help mitigate some of these risks and even facilitate future projects in Puerto Rico, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Ste... (continued)

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • AFA Considerations For Gov't Contract Claims Litigation

    Stephen McBrady

    More and more, government contractors are seeking alternative fee arrangements to pursue claims against the government. The early decision of where to litigate a claim may have a significant impact on the structure of an AFA, says Stephen McBrady of Crowell & Moring LLP.