Paul’s practice focuses on helping government contractors and business owners successfully navigate the unique issues they face on a daily basis. Specifically, Paul helps small business clients avoid regulatory and legal pitfalls while optimizing their participation across various state and federal small business programs including the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a), Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVOSB), HUBZone, Women Owned and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned (WOSB/EDWOSB) Programs, the DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, and Virginia’s Small, Woman, and Minority Owned (SWAM) Programs. Paul also has specific expertise in navigating the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Leveraging his knowledge of the various SBA small business programs, Paul regularly represents clients in prosecuting and defending against SBA Size and Status Protests (SDVOSB, HUBZone, WOSB/EDWOSB) as well as Size and Status Appeals at the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA).
In addition to his small business work, Paul counsels and assists clients (both large and small) on various Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other unique government contracts compliance and contract performance issues. He assists clients with forming government contracting strategic partnerships such as contractor teaming arrangements, joint ventures, GSA Contractor Teaming Arrangements (CTAs), and SBA All Small Mentor-Protégé Agreements (MPAs). Paul also regularly drafts and negotiates subcontracts and commercial agreements, with a focus on ensuring regulatory compliance (including flow-downs) and compliance with Small Business Subcontracting Plans for Prime Contractors.
Finally, Paul also supports and counsels clients on corporate formation and governance issues, teaming with ReavesColey’s Corporate/M&A and Intellectual Property practices to advise clients on government contracts compliance in the M&A context and various data and patent rights questions under the FAR. In the M&A context, Paul works with government contracting clients on both the buyer and seller side regarding unique issues such as regulatory approvals, small business issues (including recertification), and contract novation process under the FAR.
Prior to practicing law, Paul served on active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and continues to serve in the Navy Reserve, which allows him to bring a wealth of operational military experience to the table and lends a unique perspective when working with government contractors.
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