By appearing before the Washington DC US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), Watson & Associates’ federal procurement appellate lawyers help government contractors to diligently pursue what appeared to be an erroneous decision from the trial court, usually the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Deciding whether to appeal a lower judge’s decision at the District of Columbia court can be a daunting and time-consuming task.
- Although the disappointment with the decision may be valid, you still have to understand the standard of review for the federal circuit court to hear cases and also carefully review the record and see if there is merit to file an appeal.
- Appellate cases are not only detailed and target but they are also expensive.
As government contract appellate lawyers, Watson & Associates’ procurement attorneys understand the impact of losing out on revenues either during bid protests stages, contract claims denials or termination from doing business with the United States government.
Our federal appellate lawyers offer.
- Help for government contractors in All States
- Hands-on substantive experience in the various government contracting phases;
- Combing federal circuit opinions to assess how your case will more than likely develop;
- Appellate legal services for large contractors and small businesses; and
- Competitive rates when compared to larger law firms.
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Representation for Government Contractors in ALL States.
- Contract Disputes Act claims appeal
- Court of Federal Claims appellate cases
- Legal research to support your position
- Oral argument preparation
- Bid Protest decisions from the Court of Federal Claims
- SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals & Small Business Appellate Cases
- Lowest price technically acceptable LPTA procurements
- Contractor responsibility determinations
- Contract Terminations
- HUBZone Certification
- SDVOSB fraud
- Procurement Fraud
- Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Matters
- Issues for oral arguments
ASBCA, CBCA, SBA OHA and Court of Federal Claims Appellate Cases
Given the massive undertaking, and by knowing the standard of review of a COFC appeal case, our goal is to develop our circuit court appellate attorney team and focus on getting results for our clients’ legal issues.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit attorneys at our office understand that the COFC in Washington DC may sometimes commit clear error in its bid protests decisions or Contract Disputes Act opinions. In other situations, you may have just received an adverse decision from the Armed Services Board (ASBCA), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) or SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals
- Only interested parties have standing to bring a lawsuit. Many cases at the trial court dispute whether or not litigants are in fact interested parties.
- We help to litigate cases about jurisdiction, interested parties and standing to file a lawsuit.
- When there is a dispute with source selection and bid protest, our government contract procurement lawyers can help.
Geographically positioned to help contractors in all states:
With law offices in Washington, District of Columbia and Denver Colorado, our US federal circuit court of appeal lawyers litigate a wide range of issues in government contract law.
The law firm understands that prosecuting a case a the trial level can be considerably different than at the CAFC or any other appellate court. Many government contractors sometimes take a chance by using a local contracts attorney to litigate government contracting matters. This can sometimes lead to disastrous results. See also SDVOSB certification and bid protests.
- Experienced in various government contracting appellate work: When litigating at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, not only does your appellate attorney have to know the substantive areas of government procurement but the attorney should have some idea of congressional policy and statutes at the higher level.
- US Federal Circuit appellate judges also look at these arguments to help them decide whether Court of Federal Claims (COFC) may have issued a decision in error.
SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals Appellate Lawyers – Government Small Business Appeal Lawyers
At Watson, our federal appeals lawyers litigate issues related to small business programs (decided at the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeal (OHA)). This includes small business size appeal decisions, SBA affiliation appeal concerns, SBA certificate of competency decisions at the COFC level. Our lawyers practice before the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on matters related to small business size, SBA affiliation rules, limitations on subcontracting, termination for default decision and more. As federal circuit appeal lawyers, we also litigate appellate cases involving HUBZone Program matters, SBA 8(a) BD Program decisions, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business appeal cases, post-award and pre-award bid protest decisions affecting small business set-asides.
COFC Bid Protests Appellate Cases to the US Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (CAFC)
When the Court of Federal Claims makes a final ruling in bid protests from the award of a contract, there might be some level of legal error in the decision. This appellate court does not take a direct appeal from GAO decisions. However, you can file a new protest at the US Court of Federal Claims.
To overturn the COFC decision, a government contractor will have to appeal the decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This process requires the appellate attorney to completely review any proceedings at the lower court level.
We perform a detailed review of trial history
As for any appellate case to CAFC, we will perform a detailed review of what has occurred up to the point of the lower court’s decision. As one of the top appellate law firms for government contracts, Watson & Associates, our Washington DC and Colorado-based Federal appellate attorneys understand the seriousness of appellate advocacy.
For example, we look to see if the bid protest of awarded government contracts was litigated at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and look into any subsequent government contract protests filed at the Court of Federal Claims. When the COFC makes an adverse decision in favor of the government’s motion for judgment on the administrative record (AMJAR), our United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lawyers step in to assess the merits of an appeal.
Contract Disputes Act Claims Appellate Cases – Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Government contractors may litigate a case at the trial court level (Court of Federal Claims or Board of Contract Appeal) only to find that the court issued an unfavorable decision. Our federal circuit appellate lawyers will assess the merits of the decision and provide legal advice on whether filing a case to the federal courts would have any merit.
Watson’s federal circuit court of appeals litigation team frequently litigates construction claims and service contractor claims at the various boards of contract appeals and can help clients to appeal their cases. We handle Contract Disputes Act Claims from the contracting agency’s final decision all the way up to appeal to the Federal Circuit.
Tips to Consider When Filing an Appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Having legal representation to cover the issues in government contracting. If you are considering filing an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, your first want to make sure that you have an attorney that not just understand the appellate procedure and court rules. You want to have a government contract attorney that also knows the unique substantive legal issues with government contract procurement.
Without this, you run the risk of not being able to make the right arguments to the judges. Whether the issue arises under the SBA’s small business program rules, an appeal under the Contract Disputes Act, or a contracting officer’s final decision or contract claims denial, your brief to the court must cover the detail needed to persuade the appellate judges that you understand the legal issues.
You must be able to articulate why the lower court’s decision was erroneous and warrants reversible. Filing an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is not a second trial of the issues presented at the trial court.
What are the federal circuit judges looking for at oral argument? When a government contractor’s case reaches the oral argument stage, the key to success is to concentrate on what the judge(s) need help understanding. There is a presumption that the court has already read the briefs from your litigation and appeal lawyer. However, government contracting cases are usually about what the agency or contracting officer did unlawfully.
There may be serious policy issues to present to the judges; there may be an issue of the contracting officer or trial cour misapplying the legal standard; there may be evidentiary issues where the lower court failed to consider the evidence ( and the evidence would have yielded a different outcome.)
More importantly, appealing a case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on a federal government contracting issue is about listening to the judges at the oral argument stage and helping them understand the issue they are questioning.
Instead, the appellate level requires a showing of legal error committed by the trial court. In many government contracts appeal cases, there would be an appeal from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC).
Call Watson’s US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Appellate Lawyers for Immediate Help
If your company is contemplating filing an appeal stemming from award of a government contract to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) or need help with Court of Federal Claims cases, there is limited time to act. Contact the government contract federal circuit appellate attorneys and trial lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC. Free initial consultation. 1-866-601-5518.