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Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Miles & Stockbridge lawyers prepare claims and litigate disputes arising out of the performance of public contracts and subcontracts. These cases often focus on issues of government contract performance, cost disallowances, allegations of defective pricing and terminations for default or convenience and can involve massive numbers of documents. In the interest of serving our clients to the best of our ability, we have invested in extensive in-house capabilities for managing document-intensive litigation, including cutting-edge document retrieval and project management systems.

In addition, we undertake court or administrative litigation in actions involving a wide range of other issues which can occur in government contracting, such as:

  • Rights in technical data
  • Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Government access to contractor records
  • Government claims against contractors
  • International contract disputes
  • Prime-Subcontractor disputes at all levels
  • Tort liabilities of government contractors
  • Defense of contractors in environmental litigation arising out of federal and state environmental laws and regulations
  • Recovery of environmental remediation and toxic tort defense costs under indemnification clauses, such as those authorized by Public Law 85-804

When beneficial to our client, or when required by contract terms, we effectively employ alternative dispute resolution techniques to achieve our client’s goals. For example, in disputes related to domestic prime contracts and subcontracts, we have designed alternative dispute mechanisms, including mini-trials, represented clients in mediations, arbitrations, and mini-trials, and acted as a party arbitrator.

On behalf of clients performing international government contracts, our lawyers handle international arbitrations, including proceedings in other countries under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).