Defense and Government Contracting

Delivering Full-Service Excellence to Defense, National Security, and Federal Contracting Clients

The Defense and Government Contracting Industry Team at global law firm McGuireWoods offers multidisciplinary capabilities to our clients operating in the defense, national security, and federal contracting sectors:

  • Full-Service Government Contracts Group – Our Government Contracts Team leverages remarkably strong defense and national security credentials in providing services across the spectrum of the procurement process. Our capabilities include government contract investigations and enforcement matters, classified defense and intelligence contract negotiations and counseling, procurement counseling, DCAA and other audit assistance, government contract claims, bid protests, and False Claims Act counseling and investigations.
  • Nationally Recognized Labor and Employment Team – The Labor and Employment practice at McGuireWoods has substantial experience on significant employment litigation, including both discrimination claims and issues arising out of the theft of confidential or proprietary information, as well as investigations for top defense contractors, including in the False Claims Act arena. Our Labor and Employment Team, which includes a former Deputy Director at OFCCP, also assists clients with Service Contract Act compliance, wage and hour matters, the full range of possible compliance audits enforced by the OFCCP (including affirmative action audits), and compliance with other recent government policies impacting the management of employees.
  • Experienced Corporate Transactions Practice – Our Defense and Government Contracting Team features senior corporate lawyers with active security clearances and substantial experience handling significant transactional matters, including energy and classified services government contracts and buy- and sell-side mergers and acquisitions involving defense and national security companies and assets.
  • Significant Operational and Former Government Experience – Our Defense Team includes former senior officials at the Department of Justice, including a former Deputy Attorney General and former head of DOJ’s National Security Division, former U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps litigators, former military service-members with extensive operational and technical experience with defense systems, and senior lawyers possessing active high-level clearances.

For more information about the broad capabilities of the Defense and Government Contracting Industry Team at McGuireWoods, please contact Todd Steggerda (Chair) at 202.857.2477 tsteggerda@mcguirewoods.com.

CONTACTS

Todd R. Steggerda Partner T: +1 202 857 2477 Email

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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representative Matter

Financial advisor in a $4.6 billion merger

Representation of Stout Risius Ross as financial advisor to Leidos Holdings, Inc. in its $4.6 billion merger with the Information Systems & Global Solutions business of Lockheed Martin Corp.
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Electronic components, instruments & communications products provider

Representation of a leading provider of sophisticated electronic components, instruments & communications products in its acquisition by merger of a supplier of signal integrity test solutions for $291 million.
Case Study

Summary judgment granted for Boeing in whistleblower case

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle granted summary judgment for Boeing in the latest in a series of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower cases McGuireWoods has defended on behalf of the company.

The latest order, in Kim v. Boeing, was significant because the court indicated that it would not follow the U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) and abrogate a commonly used defense for this type of claim, sticking instead with the more favorable rule developed in the courts of appeal.

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Fortune 500 global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets

Represented a Fortune 500 global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets in the acquisition of a manufacturer of reconnaissance sensor and precision optics for an undisclosed amount.
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Leading provider of sophisticated electronic components, instruments and communications products

Advised a leading provider of sophisticated electronic components, instruments and communications products in the US$50 million public takeover and reorganization of a group of companies with operations in the UK and across Europe, and spanning the US, South America, India and Kenya.
Case Study

SOX victory for The Boeing Company

An administrative law judge recently dismissed a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower complaint filed against McGuireWoods' client The Boeing Company, the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. The judge held that the filing was untimely and the complainant was not entitled to equitable tolling. In a matter of first impression, the judge held that the tolling period started when a letter was delivered to the complainant's private mailbox company, not when the complainant picked the letter up from the mailbox company.

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Leading provider of sophisticated electronic components, instruments and communications products

Representation of a leading provider of sophisticated electronic components, instruments and communications products in its acquisition of a U.K.-based, AIM-listed company. The aggregate value for the transaction was approximately £35 million (or approximately $52 million) taking into account the acquired company’s stock options, net debt and pension deficit.
Case Study

Trial victory for Boeing on Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims

After a two-week trial in August 2009, McGuireWoods recently obtained a decision on behalf of the Boeing Company in a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case. In the 46-page opinion, the administrative law judge sided completely with the Boeing Company on all three contested points, holding that the complainant failed to prove that equitable tolling should apply to his case; failed to demonstrate the existence of a hostile work environment; and failed to prove that his allegations were protected activity under the statute. The third point was hotly contested and represents a matter of first impression in Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower cases.

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Aerospace company

Representation of an aerospace company in a grand jury investigation of one of its major defense contracts.
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Commercial airline

Represented equity interests of a commercial airline in the leveraged lease of six Embraer EMB-120 aircraft using Brazilian export guaranty facilities.
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Contractor

Represented a contractor in responding to a U.S. DOD Inspector General investigation and Defense Contract Audit
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Law enforcement and U.S. DOD security equipment company

Advised a law enforcement and U.S. DOD security equipment company regarding computer intrusion and breach notification issues.
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Leading global military contractor

Advised a leading global military contractor in finance, incentives and real estate matters, specifically related to space systems and economic development.
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Luxembourg private equity house

Represented a Luxembourg private equity house in its strategic investment in a private jet charter company with operations in Switzerland, Malaysia and the UK.
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Multinational defense, security and aerospace company

Represented a multinational defense, security and aerospace company in relation to two major joint ventures with a business process outsourcing, procurement management, information technology outsourcing and HR managed solutions company.
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Russian supplier of satellite capacity

Advised a Russian supplier of satellite capacity to a range of industries regarding a $1 billion joint venture with a U.S. aerospace company.
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Top-tier telecommunications company

Guided a top-tier telecommunications company through a complex technology and security regulatory compliance program.
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Walker Aviation

Representation of Walker Aviation on its buy-out from Walker Steel as part of the sale of Walker Steel to British Steel, at that time, at circa £300 million, the largest private company sale in the UK.
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Brian D Barger Brian D. Barger
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146
Email
T: +1 704 343 2072
F: +1 704 343 2300
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Sarah A Belger Sarah A. Belger
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5350
F: +1 703 712 5299
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Edwin Childs Edwin O. Childs
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1723
F: +1 202 828 2974
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Dave Dargatis David G. Dargatis
Senior Counsel
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5080
F: +1 703 712 5050
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William E. Doyle Jr.
Partner - Not Admitted in NC; Practice Limited to Federal Law Matters
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 919 755 6690
F: +1 919 755 6602
vCard
Ron Fouse Ronald L. Fouse
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1719
F: +1 202 828 2987
vCard
Rebecca Gantt Rebecca Gantt
Associate
World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655
Email
T: +1 757 640 3731
F: +1 757 640 3940
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David L Greenspan David L. Greenspan
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5096
F: +1 703 712 5214
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Katie Keane Kathryn Z. Keane
Associate
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5116
F: +1 703 712 5186
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Chris Nagel Christian B. Nagel
Senior Counsel
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5470
F: +1 703 712 5185
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Stephen W Robinson Stephen W. Robinson
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5469
F: +1 703 712 5258
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J. Patrick Rowan J. Patrick Rowan
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1758
F: +1 202 828 3304
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Nicholas D SanFilippo Nicholas D. SanFilippo
Associate
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5378
F: +1 703 712 5220
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Todd Steggerda Todd R. Steggerda
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 2477
F: +1 202 828 2968
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Lorna J Tang Lorna J. Tang
Associate
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5416
F: +1 703 712 5184
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George Terwilliger George J. Terwilliger III
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 2473
F: +1 202 828 2965
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Planning for a Government Shutdown

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Drones: New Technology, New Opportunity?

June 16, 2015
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Court Upholds Bid Protest Stay Override

October 24, 2014
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