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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

Government Contracts

5 ranked lawyersBand 3USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Well-respected boutique practice with a solid range of government contracts expertise including counseling, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and investigations, with additional expertise in bid protests. Significant capabilities in costs disputes and a notable emphasis on construction and infrastructure projects. Also represents clients in the aerospace and defense, electronics, IT and engineering sectors.

Strengths

Commentators note: "They do excellent jobs for their clients and their reputation has always been great in construction."

Others describe Smith Pachter as "a great boutique firm and deans of the Bar. They are very experienced in the protest arena."

A source states: "They put the needs of their clients first. They are my absolute first choice for government contracts support."

Work highlights

Defended Alstom Renewable in a bid protest challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' award of a contract to Alstom to design and install hydroelectric turbines.

Notable practitioners

Head of department John Pachter has over five decades' experience in the field and he continues to represent clients in bid protests and subcontractor disputes.
"He's one of the key players in the government contracts practice." "He is very dynamic, he really is a legend and a wonderful leader."

Jonathan Shaffer handles significant bid protests at the Court of Federal Claims and the GAO.
"He's an excellent protest attorney and as professional as they come, I have the utmost respect for him." "He's a very strong bid protest lawyer."

Stephen Knight is a renowned government contracts lawyer who is well placed to advise clients on the full range of cost disputes. He is regularly sought out by contractors and subcontractors for his expertise in cost accounting, reimbursement and audit investigations.
"He is very knowledgeable and bright." "He grasps the issues quickly and is always able to provide a way forward for his clients."

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Ranked Lawyers

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USA - Nationwide

Government Contracts


John Pachter
Senior Statespeople
Jonathan Shaffer
Band 2
Stephen D Knight
Band 4

Government Contracts: Bid Protests


Jonathan Shaffer
Spotlight Table

Government Contracts: Costs Disputes


Stephen D Knight
Spotlight Table