Important Government Contract Claims Decisions From 2016: Maximizing Recovery and Strengthening Defenses On Demand

Designed for lawyers and contracting professionals, this course will examine important Government contracts claims decisions from 2016. Drawing from many years of experience, the instructors (Justin Ganderson and Jason Workmaster of Covington & Burling LLP) will provide key insights about recent decisions and trends, and offer practical tips based on the outcomes of these decisions – tips that will help federal government contractors (and subcontractors) successfully establish, prosecute and defend against Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims. Having a strong command of recent case law developments and trends – from jurisdictional issues to fraud counterclaims and everything in between – is critical to maximizing potential recovery and defending against potential government claims or counterclaims. Moreover, a good knowledge base often can lead to an amicable resolution of a potential claim well prior to litigation, or at the very least, help narrow the scope of the dispute.

This course will help participants:

  • Gain an understanding of important Government contracts claims decisions issued in 2016
  • Gain knowledge about potential trends in CDA claims
  • Position themselves at the outset to prosecute and defend against a CDA claim efficiently and successfully
  • Reinforce certain nuances in the CDA claim resolution process through an examination of recent cases
  • Understand fraud implications


Justin Ganderson

Justin M. Ganderson is Special Counsel in Covington & Burling LLP’s Washington, DC office and a member of the Government Contracts Practice Group. Mr. Ganderson focuses his practice in the areas of claims and disputes resolution, internal investigations, public and private partnerships, utility privatizations, and general federal government contract counseling. Mr. Ganderson has extensive experience in preparing and crafting requests for equitable adjustments and Contract Disputes Act claims, and resolving disputes with government agencies prior to the commencement of and through litigation and ADR. Mr. Ganderson has conducted large and extensive internal investigations analyzing various allegations, including those in response to IG and Federal Grand Jury subpoenas, and has negotiated favorable settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from these investigations. Finally, Mr. Ganderson regularly counsels contractors in pursuing and performing contracts with U.S. government agencies and contractors at other tiers, and has extensive experience in drafting and/or negotiating a variety of agreements, including contracts with the U.S. government agencies (e.g., contracts for supplies and services, construction contracts, utility privatization contracts and utility areawide agreements) and a variety of subcontracts.

Jason Workmaster

Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases, contract disputes, and bid protests. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A nationally recognized leader on FCA issues, Mr. Workmaster has appeared on NBC’s The TODAY Show and Canadian TV’s National News to discuss the highly publicized FCA case against the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mr. Workmaster is also recognized as an expert on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program. He regularly lectures on the schedules and appears on Federal News Radio to discuss issues related to the Schedules.

Continuing Education Credits

1.5 CLE/ 1.5 CPE / .15 CEU credits may be earned for this course. This course is recommended for 2 CLP credits.

This course has been approved for CLE in CA, PA, VA and TX. Because this activity has been approved in another CLE jurisdiction, you may also receive credit for participation in AK, AZ, AR, CO, FL, HI, IL, ME, MT, NJ, NY, ND, and WI (additional state requirements may apply). If you are seeking CLE credits for a jurisdiction other than the ones listed above, please contact us for additional information.

This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU. Upon their approval, it may be worth 1.5 PDU credits.

Upcoming Seminars

Webinars & Virtual Classess