Defense & Aerospace

With strong defense and national security credentials, McGuireWoods lawyers leverage that experience to help clients address the business and legal challenges facing the aerospace and defense industry.

Strategically anchored in the Washington, D.C., area, our team includes former senior officials from the Department of Justice, including a former deputy attorney general and former head of DOJ’s National Security Division, former U.S. Navy and Marine Corps litigators, former military service members with extensive operational and technical experience with defense systems, and senior lawyers possessing active high-level clearances.

McGuireWoods attorneys represent clients before the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Government Accountability Office, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

McGuireWoods advises clients in government contract investigations and enforcement matters, classified defense and intelligence contract negotiations and counseling, procurement counseling, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and other audit assistance, government contract claims, bid protests, False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, cybersecurity counseling, and export control counseling and enforcement.

Our lawyers handle significant employment litigation, including 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 FCA arena. The firm also assists clients with Service Contract Act compliance, wage and hour matters, compliance audits enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), including affirmative action audits, and compliance with other recent government policies impacting the management of employees.

The experience of McGuireWoods’ senior corporate aerospace and defense includes significant transactional matters, such as classified services contracts and buy- and sell-side mergers and acquisitions involving defense and national security companies and assets.

Working with the firm’s nationally recognized cybersecurity and data privacy team, McGuireWoods also advises on the development, procurement and employment of cyber tools and platforms and other sensitive technologies and services. We counsel clients on cyber risk assessments, compliance obligations, data management practice, and 24/7 incident response and remediation.

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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.


    Top-tier telecommunications company

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


    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.


    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.


    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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