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Discussion on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2017 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Iris E. Bennett, with co-panelists, will lead a discussion on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2017 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.  

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Iris Bennett will serve as Chair of the Public International and Criminal Law Subcommittee for the D.C. Bar, International Law Community

Iris E. Bennett will serve as Chair of the Public International and Criminal Law Subcommittee for the District of Columbia Bar, International Law Community, for 2017-2018.  

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Federal Court Overturns 15-Year Debarment Arising from Affiliate’s Alleged Misconduct  

Federal Court Overturns 15-Year Debarment Arising from Affiliate’s Alleged Misconduct. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently overturned the Defense Logistics Agency’s (the “Agency’s”) 15-year debarment from federal contracting of a Houston-based food exporter and its affiliates. 

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Dorothy E. Terrell named among Virginia’s Best Women Lawyers in a list adapted by Virginia Living magazine from The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Dorothy E. Terrell named among Virginia’s Best Women Lawyers in a list adapted by Virginia Living magazine from The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

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Ninth Circuit Issues Expansive Reading of Escobar

Ninth Circuit Issues Expansive Reading of Escobar - The broad reading of Escobar’s requirements reflects the increased risk for companies doing business with the government to be subject to FCA liability on an “implied certification” theory in the post-Escobar era.
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OMB Releases Guidance Requiring Agencies to Report “Buy American” and “Hire American” Compliance by September 2017

OMB Releases Guidance Requiring Agencies to Report “Buy American” and “Hire American” Compliance by September 2017
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Smith Pachter McWhorter/Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region, Government Contractors Forum presentation on government investigations: July 12, 2017 12-2pm, at SPM Offices

Smith Pachter McWhorter/Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region, Government Contractors Forum presentation on government investigations: July 12, 2017 12-2pm, at SPM Offices
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Supreme Court Limits Powerful SEC Enforcement Tool, Holding that Disgorgement is Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

Supreme Court Limits Powerful SEC Enforcement Tool, Holding that Disgorgement is Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

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Chambers 2017 has ranked Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC amongst the Top Tiers for Government Contracts and Construction law.

Chambers 2017 has ranked Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC amongst the Top Tiers Nationwide for Government Contracts and in Virginia for Construction law.  

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SPM conducts Anti-corruption Compliance Workshops in Brazil

SPM's White Collar practice group conduct anti-corruption compliance workshops in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 23-25, 2017,

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NIST Proposes Updates to Cybersecurity Framework

NIST Proposes Updates to Cybersecurity Framework - On May 16, 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a workshop discussing the proposed updates and feedback for version 1.1 of the federal Cybersecurity Framework – a set of industry standards and best practices developed to protect complex critical infrastructure from cybersecurity threats and infiltration.  

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Super Lawyer honors Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys

Super Lawyers honors Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys in the 2017 listings for their achievements and expertise in their respective areas of practice. The attorneys selected include:

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President Trump Signs Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

Trump Signs Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

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Cost Allowability Course - April 19 and 20, 2017 at SPM

Cost Allowability - Join highly experienced faculty for this practical and informative two-day program focusing on cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

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President Trump Expected To Sign Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

President Trump Expected To Sign Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

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Smith Pachter McWhorter is participating in the 2017 Legal Food Frenzy

Smith Pachter McWhorter is proud to participate in the 2017 Legal Food Frenzy, a food and fund drive sponsored by the Attorney General of Virginia, the Young Lawyers Division of The Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. 

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Trump Rescinds Controversial

Trump Rescinds Controversial “Fair Pay Safe Workplaces” Regulations -

On March 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution permanently rescinding the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” regulations, dubbed the “blacklisting rule” by opponents..

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The Government Audit Process: Limitations and Considerations

The Government Audit Process: Limitations and Considerations presented by the Government Contracts Section of the Fairfax Bar Association

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SPM Secures Major Victory for Bechtel National, Inc. in Virginia State Court Litigation with Parsons Government Services, Inc.

On behalf of Bechtel National, Inc., Smith Pachter McWhorter, prevailed in an $80 million dollar lawsuit brought by Parsons Government Services

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Jonathan Shaffer named to Law360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

SPM member Jonathan Shaffer has been named to participate on Law360's 2017 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board. 

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SPM Attorneys to Speak at Jackson Lewis Government Contractor Employment Law Symposium

Government Contractor Employment Law Symposium March 16, 2017. SPM Attorneys John Cook, Erica Geibel, Armani Vadiee, and Owen Walker and Will be Guest Speakers at Jackson Lewis Government Contractor Employment Law Symposium

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Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Inc. presents: The Executive Policy Forum on E-Discovery

Smith Pachter McWhorter hosts BCABA members for a conversation addressing current issues in E-Discovery at the Boards, including preservation responsibilities and the proportionality of discovery requests.

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Final Rule Amends Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations to Incorporate Preliminary Injunction; New Paycheck Transparency Requirements Take Effect January 1, 2017

Final Rule Amends Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations to Incorporate Preliminary Injunction; New Paycheck Transparency Requirements Take Effect January 1, 2017
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New Final Rule Requires Compliance of Contractors Handling “Controlled Unclassified Information.”

New Final Rule Requires Compliance of Contractors Handling “Controlled Unclassified Information.”

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DFARS Update Provides Contractor Compliance Extension to December 31, 2017, but Reporting Obligations Persist Until Then.

DFARS Update Provides Contractor Compliance Extension to December 31, 2017, but Reporting Obligations Persist Until Then.

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New FAR Final Rule Requires Compliance of Contractors Handling “Federal Contract Information.”

New FAR Final Rule Requires Compliance of Contractors Handling “Federal Contract Information.”

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Texas judge issues preliminary injunction on implementation of “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Regulations

Texas judge issues preliminary injunction on implementation of “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Regulations. 

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Government Contractors Forum: Safe Passage or Stormy Seas - Managing Risk in Prime-Subcontract Disputes Involving Pass-Through Claims

Government Contractors Forum: Safe Passage or Stormy Seas - Managing Risk in Prime-Subcontract Disputes Involving Pass-Through Claims

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Texas Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Regulations - By Kristin Tisdelle

Texas Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Regulations. 

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Iris E. Bennett, panellist on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2016 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Iris E. Bennett, panellist on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2016 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.

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DOD Issues Guidance Memorandum Regarding Commercial Item Determinations and the Determination of Price Reasonableness for Commercial Items

DOD Issues Guidance Memorandum Regarding Commercial Item Determinations and the Determination of Price Reasonableness for Commercial Items
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Course: Price and Cost Realism in Government Contracting

Course: Price and Cost Realism in Government Contracting - Instructors Armani Vadiee of Smith Pachter McWhorter and Robert Craig of BDO.

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FAR Final Rule on Cybersecurity Safeguarding Requirements

FAR Cybersecurity Final Rule - On May 16, 2016 DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a long anticipated Final Rule on cybersecurity, by adding a new subpart 4.19 and contract clause 52.204-21, "Basic Safegaurding of Covered Contractor Information Systems".

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Gregory A. Smith to teach Seminar in Federal Government Contracts law at UVA.

Gregory A. Smith was recently appointed to be a Lecturer, and adjunct member of the faculty at UVA.

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SPM Presentation - Top 10 Things You Should Know About Government Contracts

SPM Presentation - Top 10 Things You Should Know About Government Contracts. The federal government is unlike any other customer that a company can have.  Not only must contracts with the federal government contain specific clauses promulgated as regulations, but those clauses provide the federal government with rights that would be labeled “breach” in commercial contracts.

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SPM Presentation: Forming Government Contracts: Understanding the Players and the Process

SPM Presentation - Forming Government Contracts: Understanding the Players and the Process. Smith Pachter McWhorter's Jonathan D. Shaffer presents this new class which focuses on the statutes and regulations governing the government’s ability to contract; the authority of the contracting officer; the IFB (invitation for bid) and RFP (request for proposal) process; organizational conflicts of interest; role of bid protests; and responsibilities of the contractor. 

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Jonathan Shaffer named to Law 360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

Jonathan Shaffer named to Law 360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

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PRICE AND COST REALISM IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING

Price and Cost Realism in Government Contracting - December 8-9, 2015, Denver, CO. 

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Client Alert: New DoD DCMA Instructions on Counterfeit Part Mitigation Procedure

Client Alert: New DoD DCMA Instructions on Counterfeit Part Mitigation Procedure 

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Client Alert: DFARS Final Rule - Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services

DFARS Final Rule: Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services

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Client Alert: FAR acquisition-related thresholds have been increased.

Client Alert: FAR acquisition-related thresholds have been increased as of July 2, 2015.

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Government Contractors Forum: Contracting With State and Local Governments - Navigating the Patchwork Quilt of Rules and Regulations

Government Contractors Forum: Contracting With State and Local Governments - Navigating the Patchwork Quilt of Rules and Regulations

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Proposed FAR Amendments Aim to Increase Small Business Opportunities

Proposed FAR Amendments Aim to Increase Small Business Opportunities

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Proposed FAR Rule: “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” FAR Case 2014-025, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

Proposed FAR Rule: “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” FAR Case 2014-025

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Richard C. Johnson and Armani Vadiee will be presenters on a webinar entitled, “Afghan Taxes, Business Registration, and Cost Recovery – A Step-by-Step Guide” which will take place on June 3 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Richard C. Johnson and Armani Vadiee will be presenters on a webinar entitled, “Afghan Taxes, Business Registration, and Cost Recovery – A Step-by-Step Guide” which will take place on June 3 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. 

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Remarks of John S. Pachter at the Federal Circuit Bar Association Government Contracting Summit; Panel Topic: Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Remarks of John S. Pachter at the Federal Circuit Bar Association Government Contracting Summit; Panel Topic: Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

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Jonathan Shaffer named to Law 360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

Jonathan Shaffer named to Law 360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

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FY 2014: A Positive Year for GAO Bid Protests at Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

FY 2014: A Positive Year for GAO Bid Protests at Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

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Federal Circuit Affirms Aircraft Contractor's Compliance With Cost Accounting Standard Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. v. United States, Fed. Cir., No. 2013-5096, -5099

Federal Circuit Affirms Aircraft Contractor's Compliance With Cost Accounting Standard Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. v. United States, Fed. Cir., No. 2013-5096, -5099, 12/10/14 - John S. Pachter interviewed by BNA for comment. 

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Cost Accounting Standards Course - By Gregory A. Smith

Gregory A. Smith co-teaches course on Cost Accounting Standards at the Executive Conference & Training Center in Sterling, VA on August 13, 2014.  More info here

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WMACCA Government Contractors Forum: Independent Monitors - How To Avoid Them and How To Live With Them - Presented by Iris Bennett and Sean J. Hartigan of Smith Pachter McWhorter and an in-house panelist. Moderated by John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter.

WMACCA Government Contractors Forum: Independent Monitors - How To Avoid Them and How To Live With Them - Presented by Iris Bennett and Sean J. Hartigan of Smith Pachter McWhorter and an in-house panelist.  Moderated by John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter.

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Cost and Price Realism Course Taught by Armani Vadiee

Armani Vadiee will co-teach a course on Cost & Price Realism in government contracting on June 19-20 in Washington, DC and on December 2-3 in Las Vegas, NV.  For more information please click here.

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Virginia Governor Names Val McWhorter to Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners

Virginia Governor Names Val McWhorter to Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners.

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Jonathan D. Shaffer will speak on Hot Topics in State and Local Procurement: Bid Protests at the April 24-25, 2014 American Bar Association State and Local Procurement Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina.

Jonathan D. Shaffer will speak on Hot Topics in State and Local Procurement: Bid Protests at the April 24-25, 2014 American Bar Association State and Local Procurement Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina. 

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The Government Accountability Office issues Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2013

The Government Accountability Office has issued its Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2013

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Smith Pachter McWhorter Announces New Partners in White Collar Practice

Smith Pachter McWhorter Announces New Partners in White Collar Practice - Joseph P. Covington has joined the firm as a partner... 

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Stephen D. Knight to Speak at ACI’s 5th Annual Advanced Forum on DCAA Audits

Stephen D. Knight will present the opening remarks at ACI’s 5th Annual Advanced Forum on DCAA Audits on November 5-6, 2013 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA. 

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Smith Pachter McWhorter Will Host a WMACCA Government Contractors Forum Presentation: Executives in DCAA Crosshairs - New Limits on Executive Compensation - September 18, 2013

WMACCA Government Contractors Forum Presentation: Executives in DCAA Crosshairs - New Limits on Executive Compensation - September 18, 2013

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Best Lawyers in America 2013 Edition Recognizes Firm's Expertise in Construction Law and Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

Best Lawyers in America 2013 Edition Recognizes Smith Pachter McWhorter Attorneys for Expertise in Construction Law and Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

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ABA Section of Public Contract Law 2013 Annual Meeting

The American Bar Associations's Section of Public Contract Law 2013 Annual Meeting wil be held in San Francisco, CA, August 9-12.   

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Chambers 2013 Ranks Smith Pachter McWhorter and its Members among the top Construction and Government Contract Firms

Chambers 2013 has ranked Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC amongst the Top Tiers for Government Contracts and Construction law.  Chambers USA’s identifies America’s leading lawyers as the best in their fields by their peers and clients.

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Stephen D. Knight will be speaking at the U.S. Defence Contracting and FAR Compliance in Europe Conference in London, sponsored by ACI, June 25-28.

Stephen D. Knight will be speaking at the U.S. Defence Contracting and FAR Compliance in Europe Conference in London, sponsored by ACI, June 25-28.

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The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the leading association for the construction industry, has re-appointed Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Member Edmund M. Amorosi to the National AGC Committee on International Construction

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has re-appointed Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Member Edmund M. Amorosi to the National AGC Committee on International Construction

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Smith Pachter McWhorter Attorneys Recognized By Super Lawyers for 2013

Super Lawyers 2013 honors Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC attorneys for their achievements and expertise in their areas of practice

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Armani Vadiee will Co-teach A Course on Price And Cost Realism In Government Contracting, June 13-14, 2013 Waterview Conference Center at CEB Arlington, VA

Armani Vadiee will co-teach a course entitled Price And Cost Realism In Government Contracting, June 13-14, 2013 at the Waterview Conference Center at CEB in Arlington, VA.

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The Winter 2013 Issue of The Procurement Lawyer Features a Q&A with John S. Pachter

John S. Pachter Featured in The Procurement Lawyer.  The Winter 2013 issue of the Procurement Lawyer published by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law features a question and answer discussion with John S. Pachter, first recipient of the Allan J. Joseph Award.  The award  recognizes “exceptional effort and accomplishments” as well as “extraordinary contributions” to the Section of Public Contract Law.  John offers his reflections on activities and personalities of the Section of Public Contract Law during the past 46 years.  The full article is available here.   

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Richard F. Smith and Brian J. Vella will Present at the Upcoming Virginia Chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Institute Meeting

Richard F. Smith and Brian J. Vella will present at the upcoming Virginia Chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) on March 20th in Charlottesville, VA. 

The presentation will discusss construction contracts and Mr. Vella will cover building a contract “check-list” and Mr. Smith will discuss arbitration and mediation as an option for the woodworker.  

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GAO Report on Significant Bid Protests and Statistics for Fiscal Year 2012

The Government Accountability Office issues report discussing bid protest statistics for fiscal years 2008-2012 and highlighting the significant decsions from 2012.  The full report can be found here.

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Edmund M. Amorosi Appointed to the Council of the Virginia Bar Association’s Section on Construction and Public Contracts Law

Edmund M. Amorosi Appointed to the Council of the Virginia Bar Association’s Section on Construction and Public Contracts Law

At the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Virginia Bar Association on January 24-26, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia, Edmund M. Amorosi was appointed as a member of the Council of the VBA’s Section on Construction and Public Contracts Law.  The VBA describes the role of the Construction and Public Contracts Law Section as “monitoring, initiating and promoting legislation that affects the construction industry and matters of public contracts law” before the Virginia General Assembly.  In addition to legislative initiatives, the Section presents an annual continuing legal education seminar, usually held each winter at the Annual Meeting of the VBA in Williamsburg.  The Section typically presents an educational program at the VBA’s Summer Meeting.  Richard F. Smith, Of Counsel, preceded Mr. Amorosi on the Council.

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Developments in Arbitration Law - Edmund M. Amorosi Presents at the Virginia Bar Association’s 123rd Winter Meeting

Developments in Arbitration Law Presented by Edmund M. Amorosi at the Virginia Bar Association’s 123rd Winter Meeting.

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GAO issues Bid Protest Statistics for Fiscal Years 2008-2012

The Comptroller General issues annual report to Congress discussing Bid Protest Statistics for Fiscal Years 2008-2012 and instance in which a federal agency did not fully implement a recommendation made by GAO in connection with a bid protest.  The full report can be found here.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys once again listed in Who’s Who Legal 2012

Four Smith Pachter McWhorter members nominated and selected for the 2012 Who's Who Legal list.  Nominees are selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and construction and government contract lawyers in private practice worldwide.  This year, Val McWhorter and Richard F. Smith were selected for the Construction catagory and Mark Hanson and John Pachter were selected for the Public Procurement (government contracts) category.  For more info click here

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John S. Pachter Honored by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law as First Recipient of the Allan J. Joseph Excellence in Leadership Award

Smith Pachter McWhorter founding member John S. Pachter was honored by the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago as the first recipient of the Section’s Allan J. Joseph Award for Excellence in Leadership.

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Dorothy E. Terrell To Speak at the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, January 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting.

Dorothy E. Terrell, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, Of Counsel, will be a speaker at the upcoming Mid-Winter Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry held January 31-February 1, 2013 at the Naples Grande in Naples, FL.  The topic will be a review of the latest legal developments involving delay damages issues.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Member Re-appointed to AGC International Construction Committee

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the leading association for the construction industry, has re-appointed Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Member Edmund M. Amorosi to the National AGC Committee on International Construction.  The mission of the Committee is to improve the competitive position of United States contractors working abroad; secure a fair share of the overseas construction market for U.S. contractors who bid to multilateral financing agencies, such as the World Bank, Inter- American Development Bank, and Asian Development Bank; cooperate and meet with international contractor and engineer associations and regional development banks; and, promote or oppose legislation affecting overseas construction.

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Stephen D. Knight to Teach Upcoming Cost Accounting Course

Stephen D. Knight, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, Member, will teach a course titled “The Masters Institute in Government Contract Costs.” The course is a specially tailored, advanced program devoted exclusively to the unique rules, problems, practices, and demands of Government Contract Cost matters and designed for experienced procurement professionals.

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Court of Federal Claims James Madison Award Presented to Gregory A. Smith

Gregory A. Smith, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, Member, received the U.S. Court of Federal Claims James Madison Award at the October 2011 Judicial Conference in Berkeley, CA for his “distinguished service to the Court” and in recognition of the two terms he served as Chair of the Advisory Council.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at a formal dinner held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC.

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Washingtonian Magazine Names Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Attorneys as 2011 "Top Lawyers" for Government Contracts.

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is honored to have two of its Members named in Washingtonian magazine's 2011 "Top Lawyers" list.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Strengthens Government Contracts Practice with Leading Practitioner

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to welcome Gregory A. Smith as a member of the Firm.

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Article Responds to Recent Appellate Decision Adverse to Government Contractors

Dorothy E. Terrell, Edmund M. Amorosi, and John M. Cook, all members of the firm, were recognized in the August 2010 edition of the Washington Contractor, the official publication of the Associated General Contractors of Metropolitan Washington DC, for their work as instructors for the PMDP – Project Manager Development Program.

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"The Incredible Shrinking Contracting Officer" Article Published in the Summer 2010 edition of the Public Contract Law Journal

John S. Pachter recently published an article entitled "The Incredible Shrinking Contracting Officer" in the Summer 2010 edition of the Public Contract Law Journal.

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Presentation at "Industry Summit on DOD Contracting" Focused on Government Contract Costs and Contract Terminations

On June 21, 2010, Edmund M. Amorosi, a member of the firm, presented two programs at the "Industry Summit on DOD Contracting", which was sponsored by the American Conference Institute.

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John Cook Provides Advice on Contract Negotiation and Risk Management in Interview

John Marshall Cook was interviewed by Ted Garrison of the New Construction Strategies (www.ncs30.com) on the subject of Risk Protection through Better Contracting.

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"Personal Conflicts of Interest: A New Area for Regulation" Article published in the February 9, 2010 edition of the Federal Contracts Report

John S. Pachter published an article entitled "Personal Conflicts of Interest: A New Area for Regulation" in the February 9, 2010 edition of the Federal Contracts Report.

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Presentation to AGC of Washington Focused on Contractor Strategies for Surviving a Recession

On January 22, 2010, Dorothy E. Terrell presented a program in Seattle at the 2010 Annual Convention of AGC of Washington.

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“Geren v. Tecom, Inc.: The Federal Circuit Creates A New FAR Cost Principle” Article Recently Published in the Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report

Richard Johnson, Stephen Knight, John Pachter and Joe Smith recently prepared an article entitled “Geren v. Tecom, Inc.: The Federal Circuit Creates A New FAR Cost Principle,” which was published in the July 2009 edition of the Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report.

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“'Certified Estimates' and Mandatory Disclosure: A Bad Decision Makes for a Worse Regulation” Article Recently Published in The Procurement Lawyer

Stephen Knight recently prepared an article entitled "'Certified Estimates' and Mandatory Disclosure: A Bad Decision Makes for a Worse Regulation,” which was published in the Summer 2009 edition of The Procurement Lawyer, the quarterly members’ publication of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law.

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Real Estate BISNOW

Smith Pachter McWhorter sponsored a luncheon in October 2008 with senior construction industry executives and the leadership of George Mason University focusing on future plans for construction at GMU.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter was featured in "Bisnow on Business" as one of the top construction firms in the region.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC Partner Included in Legal Times 2008 Almanac of Leading Lawyers

John S. Pachter has been recognized as a leader in the practice of government contracts law in the Washington, D.C. area in the Almanac of Leading Lawyers.

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"Allowability of Legal Costs of Third-Party Lawsuits Following Tecom, Inc." recently published in the Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report.

Richard Johnson, Joe Smith, and Matthew Haws recently prepared an article entitled “Allowability of Legal Costs of Third-Party Lawsuits Following Tecom, Inc.,” which was published in the March 2008 edition of the Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report.

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Public-Private Partnerships and Major Infrastructure Construction

Mark E. Hanson and Dorothy E. Terrell, partners at Smith Pachter McWhorter, presented a program on “Public-Private Partnerships and Major Infrastructure Construction” on Thursday, December 7th, 2006 in San Francisco, California.

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“Aspects of Construction Scheduling” recently published in the Section of Public Contract Law’s The Procurement Lawyer.

Mark Hanson recently prepared an article entitled “Aspects of Construction Scheduling,” which was published in the October 2006 edition of the The Procurement Lawyer, the quarterly members’ publication of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law.

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No Rest for the Weary: Bid Protests in Virgina

An article by Jonathan D. Shaffer and David S. Stern entitled “No Rest for the Weary: Bid Protests in Virginia” was published in the October 2006 issue of the Virginia Lawyer.

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John Pachter Testifies on Contractor Recovery of Interest on Claims and Disputes Before Federal Acquisition Panel on Behalf of ABA Section of Public Contract Law

On July 7, 2006, on behalf of the Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association, John Pachter presented a statement on reform of interest recovery by government contractors on claims and disputes to the Acquisition Advisory Panel, which consists of experts from the public and private sector.

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Richard F. Smith Named One Of Virginia's Top Lawyers In Alternative Dispute Resolution

Richard F. Smith, a founding member of the law firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, has been named one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Virginia Business magazine.

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Rirchard C. Johnson Further Supports His Comments on FAR Case 2004-025

Richard C. Johnson, an experienced practitioner in the area of government property matters, submitted two documents to The Honorable William J. Haynes II reinforcing the view that the elimination of title passage, as proposed by the FAR drafters, would work to the detriment of DoD.

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Richard C. Johnson's Comments on FAR Case 2004-025

Richard C. Johnson, an experienced practioner in the area of government property matters, submitted comments on FAR Case 2004-025, Proposed Revisions to Federal Acquisition Regulation on Government Property.

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Article Details New Opportunities and Risks for Medicare Contractors Provided by Medicare Prescription Drug Bill

John S. Pachter and Jonathan D. Shaffer, partners in the law firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, focus on new business opportunities and risks for health care companies, such as carriers and fiscal intermediaries, and information technology companies in an article entitled MEDICARE CONTRACTING REFORM: NEW OPPORTUNITIES, NEW RISKS.

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Government Contracts Fraud and Audit Alert

by Stephen D. Knight
Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

The last three months have brought significant developments in government contracts fraud enforcement and audit issues.

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John Pachter Named by Legal Times as One of the Top 12 Government Contract Lawyers in Washington, D.C.

Legal Times, a leading periodical covering the Washington area legal community, selected John S. Pachter as one of the top 12 government contract lawyers in Washington, D.C., based on interviews with in-house counsel, attorneys in private practice and academics. Mr. Pachter, a founding partner of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC has practiced government contract law for more than 30 years.

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Articles Authored By Partners in the Law Firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC are Featured in Public Contract Law Journal

Articles authored by John S. Pachter and Richard C. Johnson, partners in the law firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, are featured in the Fall 2004 edition of the leading journal in the field of government contracts law, the Public Contract Law Journal, published quarterly by the American Bar Association.

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Val S. McWhorter Elected As Member of Prestigious American College of Construction Lawyers

Val S. McWhorter, a founding partner of the law firm Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC was recently elected as a member of the prestigious American College of Construction Lawyers ("ACCL"), effective in 2005.

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