Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) means any type of procedure or combination of procedures voluntarily used to resolve a claim or controversy. ADR procedures include but are not limited to mediation, non-binding mini-trials, and binding arbitration.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation expressly authorizes federal government contractors to request ADR for their claims, and in some circumstances, the use of ADR can produce better results for one or both parties.

If you need experienced, affordable representation for a government contracts ADR proceeding, call Atlanta alternative dispute resolutions lawyer toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse modified contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

Bid Protests

Prompt action in bid protests and similar challenges can cause a public owner to cancel an improper contract award and re-procure in compliance with the applicable procurement laws.

The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to the state and federal level statutes, regulations, case law, and administrative rulings that govern the award of public contracts.

If you need an experienced, affordable government contracts attorney for a bid protest or other government contracts law, call Atlanta bid protests lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Contracting Officer Final Decisions

Atlanta lawyer James W. Copeland has more than 20 years of experience successfully submitting claims to contracting officers for a final decision. Call 888-612-1703 to schedule a free initial consult with Atlanta government contracts attorney James W. Copeland or click on the menu to the left or scroll down for more information.

Contracting Officer Final Decision Appeals

Atlanta lawyer James W Copeland has more than 20 years of experience in governments contracts law, and focuses on providing experienced, affordable representation to government contractors and subcontractors for appeals from contracting officer final decisions. Contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations. If you are considering an appeal from a contracting officer decision, call toll free 888.612.1703 for a free initial attorney consultation with Mr. Copeland about your claims.

Convenience Terminations

The government’s right to terminate for convenience is not absolute.

At the federal level, the required contract clause that governs termination for convenience of most fixed price contracts is FAR section 52.249-2, Termination for Convenience of the Government (Fixed-Price) (Apr 2012), or an earlier version of clause.

Although a contractor normally cannot recover lost profits on unperformed work in a termination for convenience settlement, there are exceptions to every general rule of law. The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the statutes, regulations, and published case law that governs terminations for convenience.

If you need experienced, affordable legal representation for a termination for convenience or other government contracts law in Atlanta, call Atlanta termination for convenience claims lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Cumulative Impact Claims

Cumulative impact costs are costs associated with impact on distant work, and are not readily foreseeable or, if foreseeable, are not readily computable as direct impact costs. The source of such costs is the sheer number and scope of the changes to the contract. The result is an unanticipated loss of efficiency and productivity which increases the contractor’s performance costs and usually extends the contractor’s stay on the job.

Government contractor pre-final releases should not be mis-interpreted to include implied releases of the right to equitable compensation for cumulative impact costs.

If you need experienced, affordable representation for a cumulative impact claim, call Atlanta cumulative impacts claims lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

Default Terminations

Default terminations are a drastic remedy that should be executed with caution. Contract documents can contain language about the parties’ rights in a default termination situation that is unclear and misleading.

The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the statutes and published case law that governs default terminations.

If you need experienced, affordable representation for a default termination, call Atlanta default terminations lawyer toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse modified contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

Differing Site Conditions

Most public construction contracts include a differing site conditions clause that expressly provides for compensation for cost increases resulting from the discovery of unforeseen conditions during the performance of the work. The Federal Acquisition Regulation requires the following differing site conditions clause for federal fixed-price construction contracts:

If you need an experienced, affordable government contracts attorney for a differing site condition or other government contracts law, call Atlanta differing site conditions lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Disruption Claims

Contractors have a right to perform without unreasonable disruption, inefficiency, or interference from the other party and third parties who are subject to the other parties’ control.

The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has experience with claims for disruption, inefficiency, and interference, and unlimited electronic access to all the laws that govern the contractor’s right to recover for disruption, inefficiency, and interference.

If you need an experienced affordable attorney for advice or representation for a claim for disruption, inefficiency, or interference with contract performance, send a message or call Atlanta disruption claims lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation.

Equitable Adjustment Requests

Whenever practicable, contractors should seek the advice of an experienced claims attorney before submitting requests for equitable adjustments. Contracting officers usually must obtain internal approvals for equitable adjustments, and are usually well-represented by experienced contract claims attorneys.

The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the state and federal statutes, caselaw, regulations, and administrative rulings that govern requests for equitable adjustments.

If you need to speak with an experienced, affordable attorney about a request for equitable adjustment, call Atlanta request for equitable adjustments lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or use the embedded form to send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and reverse modified contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Miller Act Claims

Payment bonds are required for nearly all public construction contracts, and some private owners also require payment bonds.

Most of the statutes that govern payment bonds for federal contracts are in the “Miller Act” as amended, 40 U.S.C. sections 3131 to 3134.

If you need an experienced affordable construction attorney for a payment bond claim or dispute, call Atlanta payment bond claims lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email to jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

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