Federal Government Contracts, the Year in Review: What Happened, and So What? (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 1.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 01/31/2022


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the January 2021 webcast, Federal Government Contracts, the Year in Review: What Happened, and So What? .

Course Outline

A timely update on federal government contracts compliance litigation, and professional responsibility issues from the past year.

Includes one hour of ethics!

  • Receive an update on the most important government contracts compliance and litigation developments over the previous year
  • Refresh your knowledge with high-level summaries of the substantive and procedural law related to bid protests, contract claims, False Claims Act, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and other government contracts issues
  • Apply rules of professional responsibility to real-world government contracts scenarios
  • Understand how recent developments impact your legal practice and your clients’ business strategies moving forward

This program looks back at the most significant developments in federal government contracts from 2020. It highlights compliance and litigation issues faced by federal contractors and their counsel, beginning with a high-level overview of each topic. The program then reviews new case law and statutory/regulatory changes from the previous year with recommended strategies and best practices. Finally, the program incorporates the rules of professional responsibility to real-world government contracts issues.

Topics to be covered include the following government contracts issues and ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct:

  • Bid Protests
  • Contract Claims
  • False Claims Act
  • Intellectual Property
  • Cybersecurity
  • Rule 1.6 Confidentiality
  • Rule 1.13 Organization as Client
  • Rule 3.4 Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
  • Rule 4.2 Communication with Person Represented by Counsel
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Kelsey M. Hayes, Holland & Knight / Tysons

Kelsey M. Hayes is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office and focuses her practice on government contracts. She litigates bid protests, claims, and disputes before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Hayes advises and represents clients on a wide range of government contracts matters, including suspension and debarment proceedings, requests for equitable adjustment, and terminations. She also handles prime/subcontractor disputes and has experience in federal district court and alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Hayes also regularly advises clients on matters related to the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) contracting assistance programs, including the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program, Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program, and All Small Mentor-Protégé program. In addition, she advises clients on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vets First Verification Program and the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE).

During law school, Ms. Hayes interned as a law clerk at the CBCA, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of the Solicitor in the Procurement and Appropriations Law Division, and the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy in the Suspension and Debarment Division. She served as the editor-in-chief of the Public Contract Law Journal, which is published by the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Hayes competed as a Division I student athlete and worked for a SDVOSB managing information technology integration projects.

Christian B. Nagel, Holland & Knight / Tysons

Chris Nagel is a government contracts attorney based in Holland & Knight's Tysons office. He advises businesses on a broad range of legal issues involving their relationship with the government.

Mr. Nagel represents clients in bid protests, contract claims, suspension/debarment, False Claims Act (FCA) matters, and disputes between contractors. He regularly guides corporations through compliance issues, including internal investigations and employee training.

In addition, Mr. Nagel served for 12 years on active duty and as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). While on active duty, he was deployed to Afghanistan, where he adjudicated claims against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the U.S. government. His previous tours include stints as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, officer-in-charge of the Quantico Legal Assistance Office, and as a military prosecutor.

Prior to his service in the Marines, Mr. Nagel worked as a staffer to a member of Congress and as a writer at the White House.

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