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McCandlish Lillard Lawyers Discuss Government Contracting With AFCEA

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2014

McCandlish Lillard Lawyers Discuss Government Contracting With AFCEA

RESTON, VA—Two McCandlish Lillard attorneys recently presented advice on crafting smart non-disclosure and teaming agreements to a group of 50 government contractors.  The educational event, titled “Navigation Tools For Turbulent Times: From Teaming Agreements to Capture Strategies,” was hosted by the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (ACFEA) NOVA Chapter’s Small Business Committee at the Bechtel Conference Center in Reston.

Bill Bethune and Derek Karchner, attorneys in McCandlish’s Fairfax office, provided attendees with practical advice for negotiating, drafting, and using NDAs and teaming agreements as part of their efforts to capture government contracting business in a difficult procurement environment.  The materials presented at the event are available at the firm’s Resources page.

Bethune and Karchner focused on identifying and avoiding common pitfalls in non-disclosure and teaming agreements and best practices for structuring these agreements in a rapidly changing government contracting landscape.  They offered model clauses and discussed recent case law to highlight many of their points.

“This is an excellent group to work with,” said Bethune, after the event.  “Many of the business leaders in this group own or represent small businesses who are subcontractors on government projects, and there were some prime contractors there as well.  They all understood that this is a changing environment, and in many ways not for the better.  This group had excellent questions on how to develop and use enforceable, well-crafted NDAs and Teaming Agreements as part of a smart capture strategy.”

“Identifying risk and understanding what your company brings to the team are so important for negotiating and drafting agreements that serve the parties’ business needs,” Karchner added.  “Each side, prime and sub, are going to have different interests.  For a small business looking to subcontract, understanding their value to a larger contractor can be the deciding factor in reaching a beneficial teaming agreement, particularly in this market environment.”

Bill Bethune handles transactions and counsels clients offering a wide variety of professional services in the biotechnology, life settlement, government contracting, information technology, and continuing medical education industries, among others.  In his career, he has handled litigation and arbitration involving a wide range of business torts including computer trespass, misappropriation of trade secrets, diversion of corporate opportunities, breach of covenants not to compete, interference with contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Derek Karchner provides legal counsel to individuals and companies in the areas of employment law, business entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, conflict of interest analysis, real estate, and shareholder disputes, among others.

McCandlish Lillard has 24 active attorneys, with offices in Fairfax and Leesburg.  The law firm has been meeting the legal needs of businesses and individuals in Northern Virginia and throughout the DC metropolitan region for more than a century.  For more information regarding McCandlish Lillard, call the firm at 703-273-2288 or visit our website at

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