Richard B. Oliver

Richard B. Oliver

Partner - Los Angeles
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300 South Grand Avenue
14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
TEL: 213.243.6169
FAX: 213.243.6319
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Richard B. Oliver is a government contracts lawyer located in the Los Angeles office with thirty-five years of experience representing clients dealing with a wide range of government contract issues concerning the Department of Defense and the civilian agencies. In the course of his practice, he has frequently represented clients at the Government Accountability Office, the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, in state and federal courts, and before administrative boards of contract appeals. Mr. Oliver has also represented clients in major criminal and civil investigations.

Mr. Oliver has counseled clients, written professionally and lectured on the Federal Acquisition Regulation, small business rules, bid protests, service contracts, debarment and suspension, quality assurance, changes and claims, contract compliance, and subcontractor-prime contractor disputes.  

Mr. Oliver has an extensive practice litigating, representing and counseling clients concerning the SBA’s complex small business regulations, including those for affiliation and for small business categories, such as 8(a) contractors, Small Disadvantaged Business concerns, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business concerns, Women-Owned small business concerns and HUBZone small business concerns.  He has successfully filed and defended numerous size and status protests.

Mr. Oliver also has a dynamic bid protest practice, both in contesting agency contract award decisions and defending contracts awarded to his clients at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.  He has successfully challenged and defended numerous government award decisions involving unreasonable solicitation requirements, meaningful or misleading discussions, price or cost realism, past performance, organizational conflicts of interest, technical evaluations, and best value determinations.

He counsels clients regarding various government contracts labor and socio-economic requirements.  In particular, Mr. Oliver has advised many clients regarding the coverage and requirements of the Service Contract Act.

Mr. Oliver has defended clients in major criminal investigations, often involving complex questions of quality assurance or product substitution, and civil actions under the False Claims Act. He has also assisted companies with internal investigations and contract compliance reviews, as well as responding to government subpoenas.

He frequently works with clients to identify and minimize risks that arise during contract negotiations, as well as providing counsel on the costs and benefits of pursuing potential claims. He also has substantial experience representing clients with government contract clauses inserted into their commercial contracts.

He is an active member of the National Contract Management Association, and the American Bar Association.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Oliver served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Oliver graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and received his legal training at Harvard University, where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.


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Seminars and Presentations:

  • Bid Protests From A Small Business Perspective, San Diego Chapter of NCMA , May 21, 2014
  • Recent and Pending Small Business Regulations, San Diego S.A.M.E., January 8, 2014
  • Small Business Regulatory and Legislative Update, NCMA Webinar, December 19, 2013
  • Debriefings – How To Maximize The Value Of These Communications, NCMA Webinar, November 21, 2013
  • “The Service Contract Act,” Webinar, August 13, 2013
  • “The Changing World of Small Business Contracting - 2013, ” NCMA World Congress, July 22, 2013
  • “What Every Government Contractor Needs to Know About Bid Protests,” San Diego Industry Group, June 19, 2013
  • “Recent and Pending Small Business Regulations,” S.A.M.E. Joint Engineering Training Conference, May 23, 2013
  • “Successful 8(a) Team Building,” National Native American 8(a) Conference, January 29, 2013
  • “Recent and Pending Small Business Regulations,” S.A.M.E. San Diego Post, January 9, 2013
  • “The Changing World of Small Business Contracting – 2012,” NCMA World Congress, July 30, 2012
  • Government vs. Commercial Contracts: Specific Comparisons Between the FAR and the UCC –San Diego Chapter of NCMA, April 18, 2012
  • “The Changing World Of Small Business Contracting,” LA Post S.A.M.E., November 8, 2011  
  • “The Changing World Of Small Business Contracting - 2011,” NCMA World Congress, August 23, 2011
  • “Legal Lessons For Small Businesses” LA Post S.A.M.E., November 9, 2010
  • “Legal Challenges That Small Businesses Face – And How To Respond” San Diego NDIA, August 17, 2010
  • "GAO Bid Protests For Contractor Personnel," NCMA World Congress, July 20, 2010
  • "GAO Bid Protests For Contractor Personnel," NCMA Webinar, February 23, 2010
  • "The Pendulum Swings Back: Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009," NCMA, South Bay Chapter, June 9, 2009 
  • "Value Engineering Change Proposals in Government Contracting," Lorman Education Services, July 22, 2009