W. Barron A. Avery leads the firm’s national Government Contracts team, which consists of a group of core attorneys dedicated to counseling and representing clients in the government contracting sector. In his practice, Barron counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors in a wide range of matters involving all aspects of federal government contracting.
With substantial knowledge of the rules and regulations that drive the government contracts industry, Barron provides knowledgeable day-to-day advice and counseling to government contractors. Complementing his counseling practice, Barron has extensive experience litigating matters on behalf of government contractors and subcontractors.
Barron regularly brings and defends bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), representing clients in a wide range of industries.
He also has particular experience litigating contract disputes before the COFC and boards of contract appeals, particularly the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) and the Government Accountability Office Contract Appeals Board (GAOCAB).
- Represented a major construction firm at the CBCA in litigation related to the construction of facilities for the U.S. Department of State, involving extensive discovery and motions practice and culminating in a three-week hearing at the CBCA.
- Represented a major information technology provider in litigation against the U.S. Department of Defense in an appeal of a certified claim seeking costs associated with delays to an IT-based logistics program, representing the client through settlement negotiations triggered by a three-week mediation at the ASBCA.
- Developed and prepared a certified claim for Prompt Payment Act interest relating to a contract for the supply of food services for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
- Counseled an IT services contractor that was terminated for default, and advised the contractor in negotiations that resulted in a no-cost termination for convenience.
- Developed and prepared a certified claim for costs associated with defective specifications relating to the construction of a new federal courthouse in upstate New York.
- Defended a protest at the COFC of a U.S. Department of Defense aviation fuel contract, resulting in the Court’s denial of the protest and affirming the underlying award to the client.
- Represented a healthcare contractor in both a GAO and a related COFC pre-award protest of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services solicitation.
- Conducted an internal investigation into a contractor’s domestic preference compliance procedures, including compliance with the Buy American Act and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), and counseled the client through mandatory disclosure obligations.
- Prepared a response to a show cause letter issued by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s suspension and debarment officer demonstrating the contractor’s present responsibility.
- American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
- Construction Division: Chair
- Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee: Former Vice-Chair
- National Association of Surety Bond Producers, Attorney Advisory Council: Government Contracts Advisor
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude
- B.A., Hampden-Sydney College
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- District of Columbia
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