Keith M. Byers
Keith Byers is an associate in the Firm’s Los Angeles Office. Mr. Byers’ practice focuses on a wide variety of issues related to government contracts law, including claims and disputes, state and federal bid protests, False Claims Act (FCA) violations, Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) violations, state procurement, organizational conflicts of interest (OCI), compliance and mandatory disclosures, overseas reconstruction contracts, domestic construction and security clearances.
In addition to the practice areas listed above, Mr. Byers has experience counseling prime and subcontractors on contract formation issues with respect to federal and state procurements. In this capacity, he has worked closely with clients in drafting and negotiating subcontract and lower-tier subcontract agreements for multi-million dollar state and federal projects. Mr. Byers also has considerable experience supporting clients in the context of prime-sub disputes. His experience in this arena extends to counseling both prime contractors, and subcontractors, before and during the dispute process.
Mr. Byers also has experience counseling clients facing Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and cost and accounting issues. He routinely works with clients to develop responses and defenses to onerous DCAA audits, cost disallowances and unfavorable accounting and internal controls systems determinations. His DCAA and cost and accounting experience includes counseling and defending government contractors facing allegations of fraud or related misconduct. These cases include those brought by the government or qui tam relators under the FCA in the contexts of nuclear remediation, major weapons systems development and cost mischarging.
Mr. Byers received both his J.D. and his B.A. (cum laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also clerked for the Long Beach (California) City Attorney’s Office where he engaged in various matters related to municipal law and administration.
- J.D., UCLA School of Law, 2008
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude, 2005
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- "Have Courts Eviscerated the "Necessary" Cost Allocability Standard of FAR 31.201-4(c)?" Winter 2013, The Procurement Lawyer (with Jay Gallagher and David Ginsberg)
- "En Banc Consideration Of Government Contract Issues At The U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Federal Circuit," Fall 2012, Public Contract Law Journal, (with Jay Gallagher and David Ginsberg)
- "California Public Procurement Handbook, 2010–2011 ed.," West Publications, November 2010 (with Mike Rizzo and John Burkholder)
- "The MLA Government Contractor Business Systems Compliance Guide." - Contributor
- “Export Control Reform - At Last?,” 2010 (with Kevin Lombardo)
- "Performance Problems," West Publications Year In Review, February 2010 (with Tom Abbott and Fred Levy)
Seminars and Presentations:
- "Cost and Finance Update: Tough Year for DCAA," May 2013
- "Budget/Funding/Terminations," May 2013
- "Business Systems, COA and SOL and Sequestration Update," April 2013
- "FAR Update," March 2013