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Government Contracting: The Small Business Compliance Toolkit

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Produced on October 19, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Contract Government Contracting

Course Description

Companies doing business with the Federal government face a different set of challenges when competing in the public sector. There are a seemingly endless (and growing) number of rules and regulations that govern a contractor’s relationship with the government. In order to stay ahead of the curve, contractors need to assemble an ethics and compliance toolkit that lays the foundation for an overall culture of compliance.

Maintaining compliance is particularly important for companies that qualify as “small.” Small business status can lead to opportunities to perform set-aside contracts not available to other businesses competing in the marketplace. And if your business qualifies for one of the Small Business Administration’s socio-economic programs, the contracting opportunities can start to multiply.

This course, presented by Nicholas T. Solosky (a partner in Fox Rothschild’s Federal Government Contracts and Procurement Practice Group), addresses the fundamental issues of small business government contracting. The topics covered included how to establish your business’s size status, avoid negative affiliation, and maintain compliance. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what it means to be a small business in the Federal marketplace, including how to calculate your business’s size using average annual receipts
  2. Learn how to take advantage of small business and Small Business Administration socio-economic program set-aside contracting opportunities
  3. Comprehend the rules of affiliation and how certain business relationships can put your small business size status in jeopardy
  4. Identify common small business contracting compliance pitfalls – and how to avoid them

Credit Information

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Nicholas Solosky

Fox Rothschild LLP

Nicholas's practice is concentrated on national government contracts and construction related matters with a strong emphasis on federal procurement issues. He has extensive experience advising clients with respect to a wide-range of risk management and dispute resolution matters, including: Government agency suspension and debarment proceedings; Federal bid protests and debriefing strategies; Buy American and Buy America Act compliance issues; Federal ethics and compliance training; and Small Business Administration set-aside program guidance and size protests. Additionally, Nicholas’s federal construction litigation practice focuses on representing contractors and the owners of regional and national construction companies in all manners of private and public projects, including contract negotiations and litigation.

Nicholas also conducts a diverse litigation practice in both federal and state courts, with an emphasis on representing clients in complex commercial litigation. His experience includes client counseling, litigation, trial, alternative dispute resolution, and a strong appellate practice.

As a seasoned litigator, Nicholas has successfully represented corporate clients in a wide variety of circumstances, including the following representative matters:

  • Successful representation to verdict in favor of a landscape maintenance organization with respect to a breach of contract matter concerning the design and construction of a golf course and preserve
  • Securing dismissal of a Federal District Court complaint based on the Southern District of New York’s first-to-file doctrine
  • Preparing a legal opinion for a lithium-ion battery manufacturer concerning Buy America Act compliance
  • Representation of commercial building contractors with respect to bid protests and size protests before the Government Accountability Office and Small Business Administration, respectively
  • Defending an employee of a leading geotechnical construction firm in suspension and debarment hearings before the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Counsel for a national accounting firm in fraud and breach of contract matters in arbitration proceedings across the country
  • Representation of a telecommunications company in a Federal District Court action concerning FCC telephone number hoarding regulations
  • Securing dismissal with respect to claims brought against an environmental technology company concerning a fuel leak in an underground storage tank facility
  • Successful defense of international automobile manufacturers in many actions alleging civil and statutory claims
  • Case dismissal of a breach of contract action brought against a venture capital firm brought in Federal District Court
  • Representation of global insurance companies with respect to a wide variety of cases involving coverage claims and bad faith disputes
  • Representation of regional manufacturer of commercial car-carriers with respect to product liability claims in state court; and
  • Representation of an authentic solutions provider in a civil suit brought by a former employee alleging harassment and constructive discharge

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining the firm, Nicholas was an associate in a large international law firm’s global litigation group. While in law school, Nicholas was a Chancellors’ Scholar at the University of North Carolina School of Law and a staff writer for the North Carolina Law Review.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Nicholas has been involved with the Homeless Advocacy Project, a non-profit organization providing pro bono legal services to homeless individuals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Additionally, he previously served as pro bono legal counsel to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Prisoner Civil Rights Panel.


Pamela B.

Very informative program.

Shana B.

Great overview and hit all the high points

Margaret H.

Nick clearly and concisely touched on much to be aware of in government contracting by small businesses.

Alex M.

Very good program. Thank you!

Joseph C.

Good instructor

Brian D.

Very informative

Sandra N.

Excellent course and very timely. the instructor was very knowledgeable, to the point and had a great deliverty.

Lori W.

Excellent Speaker.

Akila M.

Excellent toolkit for small business government contractor. Highly recommend.

LaRhonda W.

This was a great CLE! Very informative and accurate. I am impressed by the new material I learned. I would like to view other government contracting briefings by Fox Rothchild.

Richard L.

Very useful information

Sarah R.

While I knew all of the content (I'm a government contract attorney), it was extremely well-organized, comprehensive, and a nice overview of three topics that affect small business contractors. It also provided contractors with the tools necessary to do further research on hot button or specifically relevant issues.

Tameika G.

Great presentation!

Janine B.

Nicholas did an excellent job with a complicated subject. Very impressive.

James R.

Very good presentation.

Thomas D.

Very informative.

Afsaneh Lynne K.

I worked in government contracts, so this was a helpful webcast to update my knowledge.

George K.

Excellent course

Mary Jo S.

I really like this speaker. He was extremely knowledgable.

Jackie H.

Great overview.

Sue L.

Great presentation.

Jeff N.

One of the best programs I've seen in quite a while.

Senna A.

Speaker had good energy and this is a useful topic - would like to see him do more like this one

Jeffrey D.


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