Phillip R. Seckman

Phillip R. Seckman

Partner - Denver
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1400 Wewatta Street
Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202
TEL: 303.634.4338
FAX: 303.634.4400
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Phillip Seckman represents clients concerning government and commercial contract matters.  Mr. Seckman’s practice spans a broad range of subjects related to federal procurement law, state and local procurement law, and complex federal regulatory issues.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, compliance and internal investigations, and bid protests (both federal and state).  A significant component of his practice involves government contract cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and cost and pricing issues.

Mr. Seckman has significant experience in the assessment, presentation, and litigation of complex contract claims.  Mr. Seckman also has significant experience assisting clients in establishing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with government contract 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.  In the recent past, a significant component of his practice has been in support of counseling and litigation on behalf of large stability operations and construction contractors performing in the Middle East war zones.  Mr. Seckman frequently writes and lectures regarding commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, business systems, FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule, and cost accounting issues. 

Mr. Seckman has been recognized as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 “Rising Star” by Colorado Super Lawyers.

Notable Engagements

Lead counsel in numerous bid protest matters before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.

Lead counsel in the development, pursuit and negotiation of multi-million dollar construction contract equitable adjustment.

Lead counsel in the prosecution and settlement of a claim for reimbursement of legal costs incurred by a contractor defending against various third-party claims.  The successful negotiation and settlement resulted in the recovery of over 95% of claimed costs.

Successfully obtained a sustained protest victory involving a Colorado State procurement for the new Pharmacy Benefits Management System valued at over $200M.  The state agency then restructured the solicitation based on the results of the protest action.

ATK Thiokol v. United States, 598 F.3d 1329 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (co-authored the appellate briefs that aided victory in the landmark case regarding IR&D costs).

American Ordnance, LLC, ASBCA No. 54718 (Feb. 17, 2010) (finding entitlement to breach of contract for defective specifications relating to the melt pour of 155MM M107 Howitzer Shells).     


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Seminars and Presentations:

  • Presenter,” Subcontract Flowdowns Best Practices and Emerging Issues,” and “Cybersecurity Developments -What Contractors Need to Know,” National Contract Management Association Denver Chapter Spring Seminar (April 2015)
  • Presenter, "Government Contract Change Essentials" Lorman Webinar (January 2015)
  • Presenter, "Counterfeit Parts and Cybersecurity‑Emerging Requirements Create New Purchasing Challenges" Institute for Supply Management (October 2014)
  • Presenter, “DCAA Audit Case Studies and Q&A: How to Deal with Different Scenarios and Practical Tips to Manage the Audit Process” American Conference Institute (July 2014)
  • Presenter, “Subcontract Flowdowns Best Practices and Emerging Issues” National Contract Management Association World Congress (July 2014)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity & Subcontract Flowdown Best Practices” National Contract Management Association Del Norte Chapter (May 2014)
  • Presenter, “Truth in Negotiations Act” National Contract Management Association San Antonio Chapter (May 2014)
  • Presenter, “Navigating the Bid Protest Landscape” National Contract Management Association Space City Houston Chapter (May 2014)
  • Presenter, "Affordable Care Act:  What Government Contractors Need to Focus on Now” National Contract Management Association (February 2014)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity Developments – What Contractors Need to Know” Public Contracting Institute (February 2014)
  • Presenter, “Legislative & Regulatory Update” Federal Publications Western Briefing Conference (December 2013)
  • Presenter, “Subcontract Flowdown:  Best Practices From Both the Prime and Subcontractor Perspective” National Contract Management Association World Congress (July 2013)
  • Presenter, “Allowability of Subcontract/Consultant Costs and Challenges Presented For Procurement System Management” National Contract Management Association World Congress (July 2013)
  • Presenter, "Commercial v. Noncommercial Items" Public Contracting Institute (July 2013)
  • 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)