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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Claims & Disputes in the Wake of COVID-19

Start Date: 10/27/2020 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/27/2020 1:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Zoom Virtual Webinar

Organization Name: SECAF

Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Webinar For All SECAF Members
Claims & Disputes in the Wake of COVID-19: How to Properly Document, Draft & Submit Equitable Adjustment Requests & Claims
Presented by Centre Law & Consulting
12:00-1:00pm Eastern Time

Registration will close Monday, October 26 at 12:00pm.

The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and its agency supplements impose detailed and daunting obligations on contractors, and in particular the rules and regulations governing contractors seeking compensation for unanticipated costs. Join Centre Law and Consulting’s attorneys, James C. Fontana and Heather Mims, for the “Do’s and Don’t’s” in preparing, defending and challenging Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REA) and formal Claims under the federal Contract Disputes Act. With the COVID-19 crisis threatening to pave new and uncertain roads from the standpoint of contractor price adjustments and other disputes resulting from what may prove to be a flood of COVID-related REAs and other contract modifications, the importance of this topic increases dramatically.
Topics Covered:
  • Understanding the statutory and regulatory legal framework for REAs and Claims
  • Equitable adjustments for a constructive change, delay or other government caused increase in its costs
  • The potential impact of COVID-19 on the REA and Disputes process
  • Applicable FAR/DFARS clauses supporting REA/Claims, including Suspension of Work, Stop Work Orders, Excusable Delays, Changes and Government Delay of Work
  • REAs and Claims, and how they differ
  • Basics of preparing REAs and Claims
  • REA Pros and Cons/Claim Pros and Cons
  • Claims under the Contract Disputes Act
  • Appeals of Claim denials
  • Potential influence of the disputes process on the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS)
  • Subcontractor REA/Claims Issues
  • Practicable tips regarding REAs/Claims
Who Should Attend:  Contract managers and administrators


James C. Fontana has over 35 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts and related litigation, as well as ethics compliance and corporate governance issues.  He also specializes in mergers and acquisitions in both the government technology and commercial sectors.   In 2006, the Association of Corporate Counsel named Mr. Fontana Outstanding Chief Legal Officer in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.  In both 2005 and 2006, the Washington Business Journal named Mr. Fontana a Top Attorney in the Washington, DC area in the General Counsel category.  In 2014 Mr. Fontana received the Power Players Award from Washington SmartCEO in recognition of his “leadership, accomplishments, innovation and success” as a Washington, DC-area attorney.  During his three-plus decades as a government contracts attorney, Mr. Fontana has represented clients in countless claims under the Contract Disputes Act as well as appeals before both the boards of contract appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He has also lectured extensively on this subject to include programs sponsored by Federal Publications, Reston Chamber of Commerce and the Centre Law and Consulting Training Program.

Heather Mims, Esq. is an associate attorney at Centre Law & Consulting. Her practice is primarily focused on government contracts law, employment law, and litigation. Heather has extensive experience litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office. She also has experience working with contractors on claims and appeals, government contract terminations, and subcontract disputes. Heather also works with government contractors to develop enforceable teaming agreements and subcontracts. Heather is a top-rated attorney selected to Rising Stars for 2019-2020 by Super Lawyers.
Registration will close Monday, October 26 at 12:00 pm.

For All SECAF Members.  No cost, but you must register in advance.

Questions?  Contact us info@secaf.org

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Closed: 10/26/2020 12:00 PM

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