Hughes Hubbard & Reed helps its defense-industry and other government-contractor clients protect their most valuable assets: reputation, credibility with government customers and regulators and the “present responsibility” required to be a US government contractor under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Our team brings together leading practitioners in the fields that are critical to government contractors, including corporate compliance, internal investigations, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, international trade controls (including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations and compliance, Defense Security Service matters, suspension and debarment proceedings, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reviews, intellectual property and merger and acquisition clearance.
In an atmosphere of increasingly pervasive regulation, heightened scrutiny and aggressive enforcement actions directed at government contractors, members of the defense industry need to prioritize regulatory compliance, investigations and dispute avoidance and resolution. In this heavily regulated environment, innovative corporate law departments are moving beyond the traditional paradigm of the law department as a necessary cost center and are increasingly focusing on adding value to the business enterprise.
We partner with our clients’ law departments to create value by identifying, predicting, managing and remediating risk before it manifests in the form of litigation or enforcement action. When government enforcement or litigation cannot be avoided, we work with our clients to develop creative solutions and, when necessary, to mount aggressive defenses in the most cost-efficient manner.
In doing so, we draw upon not only our extensive experience representing and counseling our corporate clients, but also the vast and diverse public-sector experience of our lawyers, who have previously served in high-ranking positions in numerous federal agencies, including:
Department of Homeland Security (chief of staff for the department)
Department of Justice (U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, deputy associate attorney general, counselor to the U.S. attorney general, deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, assistant U.S. attorneys for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of New York)
Department of Commerce (assistant secretary for export enforcement, assistant to the secretary and director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, senior counsel in the General Counsel’s Office)
International Trade Commission (economic advisor to a commissioner)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Office of the General Counsel)
Our team also includes former members of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and a former aerospace engineer for a leading US defense contractor.
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