Fullerton & Knowles Construction Law, attorneys, lawyers, law firm

Attorneys and Counselors at Law in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia
Martindale Hubbell Peer Rated AV® Preeminent™ Law Firm

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Lawyers with Experience in Government and Private Contracts and Procurement

Our private and government purchasing contract attorneys advise and represent the interests of governmental entities, material suppliers and service companies in a wide range of contract issues and disputes including:

  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • UCC Sale of Goods
  • UCC Security Interests
  • UCC-1 Financing statements
  • Sales and Use Tax
  • Federal Assignment of Claim Act
  • Doing business with disadvantaged business enterprises
  • Security agreements
  • Guaranties
  • Trust and escrow arrangements
  • Credit management
  • Credit documentation
  • Risk management
  • Commercial sales of goods
  • Services contracts, supply contracts, procurement contracts, architectural and design contracts
  • Commercial transactions and lender representation
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Battle of the Forms
  • Offer and acceptance
  • Consideration
  • Creditor representation
  • Reclamation rights
  • Competitive bidding
  • Requests for proposals
  • Bid protests/bid disputes
  • Responsive bids and responsible bidders
  • Negotiation of contracts and change orders, force account claims
  • Contract preferences
  • Extra time claims
  • Cost disallowance disputes
  • Prompt Payment Act disputes and other payment disputes
  • Quality of work disputes
  • Post-performance audits
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance
  • Government code claims
  • False Claims Act litigation
  • Collections
  • Mediation, arbitration, trials and appeals

Contracts for government or private projects or services can range from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. The process and contracts are complex and can be highly technical. Working with an experienced lawyer can ensure your interests are protected - whether securing a bid, negotiating a contract or resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration or litigation.

The Uniform Commercial Code adds terms to your contract to buy or sell goods automatically unless you “otherwise agree.” When does the UCC apply? What are the “default terms” for any sale of goods? Material and service suppliers want to limit their liability to a return of the purchase price to avoid defect and delay damage claims and get a waiver of express and implied warranties. When does a material supplier have the right to stop shipments and demand adequate assurance of payment? What are their rights to cure any default in their performance? What are their rights to reclaim goods if the customer defaults?

How do you win the “Battle of the Forms,” when electronic and facsimile mail is sent back and forth discussing a sale of goods? When do you have an enforceable contract? Will the terms in the quote or the terms in the purchase order control? The Uniform Commercial Code Article 2 also controls the battle of the forms between the buyers and sellers of goods.

Fullerton & Knowles, P.C. government contract attorneys have extensive experience handling all aspects of purchasing contracts and services contracts for the State of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, cities, counties and special districts. Our lawyers are adept at handling the competitive nature of government purchasing and Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia services contracts. We assist clients regularly throughout Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and frequently in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Chesapeake in Virginia; Montgomery County, Prince George County, Anne Arundel County, Charles County, Frederick, Howard County, the City of Baltimore and the County of Baltimore in Maryland.

 

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