Phillip R. Seckman
Phillip Seckman counsels clients and litigates on their behalf concerning a wide range of government and commercial contract matters, focusing his practice primarily in the area of federal procurement law and complex federal regulatory issues. Mr. Seckman takes great pride in helping clients make wise choices early that help minimize risks and reduce or avoid the expenses associated with litigation.
His work on issues relevant to government contractors constitutes the bulk of Mr. Seckman's practice. He has significant experience regarding issues that arise in the context of GSA schedule contracting, cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and cost and pricing, as well as the assessment, presentation, and litigation of complex contract claims. In the recent past, a significant component of his practice has been in support of counseling and litigation on behalf of large stability operations contractors performing in the Middle East war zones.
A notable component of Mr. Seckman's practice is his work relating to internal investigations and counseling regarding contract and regulatory compliance, control and monitoring issues as well as the defense of claims arising under the Civil False Claims Act. Mr. Seckman frequently writes and lectures regarding cost accounting, business system, and FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule issues. Mr. Seckman also has significant experience assisting clients in establishing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with these requirements. When potential non-compliances have been identified, Mr. Seckman has assisted in the internal review and assessment of these issues and has aided clients in the preparation of appropriate disclosures when required.
Mr. Seckman has experience pursuing and intervening with regard to federal and state bid protests. He recently authored and published an updated Chapter regarding Colorado State bid protests, which appears in the Colorado Procurement Handbook, by West. He has also lectured regarding Colorado bid protest issues.
Mr. Seckman has also litigated contract disputes in various federal and state courts, and federal government contract administrative boards. His work on these matters has recently resulted in a number of notable outcomes. Mr. Seckman co-authored the appellate briefs submitted at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit relating to the landmark case regarding IR&D costs. See ATK Thiokol v. United States, 598 F.3d 1329 (Fed. Cir. 2010). Additionally, Mr. Seckman contributed to the trial and took the lead on subsequent briefing that produced victory in the recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision of American Ordnance, LLC, ASBCA No. 54718 (Feb. 17, 2010).
Mr. Seckman graduated from the University of Denver College of Law and served on the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy board of editors while in law school.
- J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 2004 (Order of St. Ives)
- B.A., University of Colorado, 2000
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- "Let’s Just Pretend the FAR Change Didn’t Happen," The Coalition for Government Procurement (April 2013).
- "APA now the main control over new PPACA rules," co-authored by Phil Seckman and Amy Siadak, Managed Healthcare Executive (August 2012).
- "DCAA’s Business Systems Audit Guidance: Clarity. . . and Reason for Concern," co-authored by Phil Seckman and Tyson Bareis, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report (July 31, 2012).
- "DCAA Malpractice: Recovery of Damages," co-authored by Thomas Lemmer, Phil Seckman, and Joe Martinez, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report (May 15, 2012).
- “It’s Getting Complicated – The MAS Program’s “Simplified” Acquisition Process,” The Coalition for Government Procurement (April 2012).
- "A Significant Expansion of Public Access - Executive Compensation Disclosure Rule Is Finalized," Coalition for Government Procurement (March 2012).
- "Maximizing Contractor Recovery of IR&D Costs: Federal Circuit Affirms ATK Thiokol," Procurement Lawyer, (Summer 2010); co-author.
- "Federal Circuit Provides Needed Clarity On Proper Classification of IR&D Costs," Federal Contracts Report (April 6, 2010); co-author.
- "Issues with Bids, Proposals, and Awards," Colorado Procurement Handbook Chapter (2009).
Seminars and Presentations:
- Presenter, “GSA MAS Contracting & Commercial Item Issues” National Contract Management Association Denver Chapter (March 2013)
- Presenter, "Subcontracting and Purchasing Systems" Colorado Bar Association (June 2012)
- Presenter, "New DCAA Audit Guidance" American Bar Association (June 2012)
- Presenter, "OCIs and TINA" National Contract Management Association Denver Chapter (March 2012)
- Presenter, "The Civil False Claims Act & Mandatory Disclosure: an Evolving Compliance Environment" National Contract Management Association - Fall Seminar (November 2010)
- Presenter, "Changes to the FAR: New Mandatory Reporting Rule," National Contract Management Association-Denver Chapter (April 2009)
- Presenter, "Issues with Bids, Proposals, and Awards," Federal Publications Seminars (June 2008)