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REA's and Claims: Seeking Compensation for Issues Arising from Government Contracts

Streams live on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:30pm EDT

$ 59 Contract In Stock

Course Information

Topics covered in this course: Contract

Course Description

As any contractor doing work for the Federal government will tell you, being awarded the contract is only the beginning. Performance presents a whole new series of challenges. The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and its supplementary regulations impose a host of obligations on contractors, and can impact the ways in which a contractor performs a contract. These rules and regulations also dictate the ways in which contractors can seek compensation for unanticipated costs incurred on the job. In this session, two key strategies for seeking compensation when something goes wrong post-award will be discussed: Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Claims. 

This class will discuss key differences between the two and discuss strategies for maximizing a contractor’s chances of success when making claims against the Federal Government. Further, this class will walk through the Contract Disputes Act claims and appeals process, and provide strategies for learning how to maximize a contractor’s chances of success when making claims against the Federal government.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Claims under the Contract Disputes Act
  2. Learn the regulatory requirements for filing either a Request for Equitable Adjustment or a Claim
  3. Become familiar with the process of appealing a Claim
  4. Gain strategies for maximizing success in filing claims against the Federal government

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Amy M. Kirby

City of Philadelphia

AMY M. KIRBY is a Deputy City Solicitor in the Affirmative and Special Litigation Department for the City of Philadelphia. 

Maria L. Panichelli

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Maria is a partner and the Chair of the Government Contracting department. She focuses her practice exclusively on federal government contracting and procurement, guiding her clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their federal contracts. She provides comprehensive legal counseling that allows her clients to successfully navigate the complicated legal requirements related to federal contracting while fulfilling their own business goals.

Maria’s prior legal experience in corporate litigation and risk management counseling has given Maria a unique perspective. Recognizing that a client must focus on what is best for business, her goal is to never unilaterally dictate strategy. She seeks to provide clients with the legal advice they need to make the right business decision. To that end, she works with her clients, providing counseling on the law while simultaneously being counseled by the client about their particular business needs. Maria works to find a solution that not only solves a client’s legal issues, but advances that client’s business plan and is consistent with that client’s mission.

In her free time, Maria is an avid world traveler. Traveling to a new destination, doing a history tour, and then meeting locals and talking to them about their history, culture and current events is her ideal vacation. When she’s not on the move, she can still be found eagerly researching her next destination and its culture, religion, customs, and history.


Maria’s practice includes pre- and post-award bid protests, contract interpretation and performance counseling, the preparation of Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claim litigation, statutory and regulatory compliance counseling, resolution of subcontractor disputes (including the negotiation of liquidating agreements, and the use of pass-through claims and Miller Act bond claims), contract terminations, and all aspects of small business procurement. She has represented a wide variety of government prime and subcontractors including construction contractors, information technology and information system contractors, medical staffing contractors, advisory and assistant services contractors, security contractors, dredging contractors, environmental remediation contractors, and suppliers. Her clients are located, and work, both across the United States and abroad.

Having acquired substantial experience with the government’s 8(a), SDVOSB, WOSB and HUBZone small business programs in particular, Maria provides effective assistance to clients applying for small business certification, or competing for small business program set-aside contracts. She routinely assists clients with eligibility analyses and certifications, has successfully challenged negative agency findings with regard to clients’ SDVOSB, HUBZone and 8(a) eligibility, and has successfully defeated size and status protests brought by clients’ competitors. Maria has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, as well as helping clients navigate the SBA Mentor-protégé programs. Maria advises small business clients with regard to potential affiliation and control problems, as well as subcontracting requirements. Her small business practice also involves drafting corporate governance documents that will comply with small business program eligibility requirements.

Maria has represented her clients before numerous federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Contract Boards of Appeals as well as the Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other state and federal courts. Though her practice is not limited to construction alone, Maria has substantial experience with a wide range of construction related issues such as: defective designs; defective specifications; differing site conditions; express, implied and constructive changes; suspensions; delays; and liquidated damages. 


Janine B.

This was an excellent webinar, one of the best I have taken with Lawline. They were knowledgeable, focused and able to provide a lot of information in 60 minutes.

gretal t.

Great presentation!

Stacey W.

Nice presentation

Jackie H.

Good coverage of distinctions between REAs and Claims plus Board of Contract Appeals versus COFC.

Adria B.

well done!

James R.

Presenters very knowledgeable about subject matter. Great overview.

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Afsaneh Lynne K.

This was a good refresher course.

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