We understand how navigating the maze of federal agencies and government contracting rules and regulations can be a daunting task. With more than three decades of government contracting experience, we understand how to effectively apply government contracting statutes, rules and regulations and are experienced in working with agency officials to achieve positive outcomes. Our government contracts practice involves virtually any and all phases of contract activity. We help clients form joint ventures, teaming arrangements, cooperative agreements, and prime-sub agreements. We maintain an active bid protest practice before the General Accounting Office and the courts. To ensure our ability to effectively advocate for our clients before the Government Accountability Office, Davis & Steele does not participate in or advise clients about their proposal preparation activities, to include attending and participating in proposal strategy meetings, or writing and reviewing proposals. We do not participate on Red Teams formed for the purpose of reviewing proposals. We do not and will not provide advice or otherwise participate in clients' decision-making processes involving such things as marketing or advertising strategies, product research and development, product design or competitive structuring and composition of bids, offers, and proposals.
We are experienced with every contract performance issue, including change orders, cost accounting, contract interpretation issues, issues affecting the prime-sub relationship, and government audits. We handle contract disputes, claims for equitable adjustments, cure notice responses, and terminations for default and convenience. We also handle matters related to protecting client rights regarding access to technical data, contractor records, the Freedom of Information Act, suspension and debarment, and procurement fraud.
Davis & Steele utilizes a broad range of approaches to solving problems with the government, including: approaching decision makers at the policy formulation level, working with contracting officers to prevent unnecessary escalation of issues, addressing regulatory compliance issues proactively, responding to enforcement issues with an extraordinary level of sophistication and experience, and litigating when necessary.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
Our labor and employment practice can best be described as preventative, proactive, and diverse. We handle virtually every issue that arises in the employer-employee relationship. These issues include wrongful discharge claims, discrimination and sexual harassment cases, privacy issues, employment agreements, drug and alcohol abuse, and workplace safety issues. We also provide advice on every aspect of collective bargaining and contract administration.
The labor and employment practice emphasizes prevention. To that end, Davis & Steele conducts numerous seminars each year. These seminars serve to provide practical solutions that minimize claims, avoid litigation and reduce legal costs. Our view is when management is aware of issues that cause problems in the workplace, management is better equipped to prevent them.
Our labor and employment lawyers also represent clients in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.
Our general corporate practice includes serving as primary counsel to business and tax-exempt entities. In that connection, we provide services involving business entity formation, operation, reorganization and dissolution.