Government Contracts

For more than 50 years, McKenna Long & Aldridge (MLA) has been home to the largest and most successful Government Contracts practice in the country.  Starting in 1958, when Gil Cuneo joined the predecessor firm (Sellers, Conner & Cuneo), MLA has dominated the field of government contracting and today maintains its preeminent position as the practice leader. 

MLA is annually recognized by Chambers USA as a “tier one” Government Contracts law firm, with a "terrific team of creative, practical and versatile lawyers."  As the first Government Contracts practice in the U.S., MLA has been a leader in the contracting and procurement legal field from the post-Korean War ‘Profit Renegotiation Boards’ to the current mandatory disclosure requirements; from the original Agent Orange litigation to the current anthrax bio-defense procurements; and from the base service contractor disputes in Vietnam to the representation of the largest stability operations contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.  MLA's overseas contracting team has pioneered creative jurisdictional defenses that led to numerous dismissals with prejudice in high profile matters decided over the past five years.

Clients choose MLA for the breadth and depth of its experience, and its long history of achieving client’s objectives even in the most complex and difficult circumstances at a cost recognized as bringing true value. Our experience covers every aspect of Government Contracts, all government agencies and all key industry sectors — aerospace and defense, electronics, communications, IT, technical services, financial, stability operations, construction, transportation, health care, biodefense, and the life science fields. MLA operates at the intersection of law, business and government while producing solutions using creative and flexible strategies that ensure success. We are proud to represent the top 5, and 9 of the top 15 largest defense contractors, based on total contracting dollars in FY2013.  MLA represents small businesses and entities performing their first government contract with equal vigor.

MLA’s Government Contracts team consists of more than 70 attorneys and professional advisors throughout its offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Denver, New York, and San Diego — including former members of key government procuring agencies, the Justice Department, Congress and its committees. Our attorneys hold leadership positions in more than 25 American Bar Association committees and are active in approximately 30 industry organizations, including the National Defense Industry Association, National Contract Management Association, the Coalition for Government Procurement and the Professional Services Council.  No other practice has such depth and geographic coverage.  The Government Contracts team knows how Congress thinks, and understands how Washington works. 

MLA has litigated more than 700 government contract related cases in the past two decades, including:  nearly 100 Civil False Claims Act cases, two of which have been the subject of Supreme Court decisions; the two largest default terminations in history; and dozens of product and service liability cases that have facilitated “Political Question” and "State Secret" defenses.  The firm’s breadth of practice in this area is reflected in its spearheading of important legislative initiatives including the Safety Act and BioShield related laws and its guidance of commercial companies who enter the field of government contracting.

No matter what the client’s needs are — from an equitable adjustment claim, to defense of a civil or criminal fraud allegation, to a change in legislation that enables participation in the government contracting business, MLA offers the experience to achieve a successful outcome.

Government Contracts Advisor serves as an informative resource on legal, legislative and industry developments impacting government contractors working in key industry sectors such as aerospace and defense, electronics, communications, information technology, technical services, finance, infrastructure, construction, health care, biodefense, and life sciences. Government Contracts Advisor focuses on a variety of issues including bid protests, compliance and investigations, cybersecurity, cost accounting, business systems, procurement fraud, suspension and debarment, and terminations and contract restructures, among other relevant topics.  If you’d like to read our blog, please visit

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