Government Contracts and Assistance Awards

Sonenthal & Overall, P.C. advises nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations, partnerships, and joint ventures on their grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, subcontracts and other agreements with Federal agencies of the U.S. Government. Our attorneys have experience dealing with agreements involving the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the Millennium Challenge Corporation; the Departments of State, Energy, Transportation, Justice and Commerce; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Peace Corps, the Trade and Development Agency; the Centers for Disease Control; Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the National Science Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.  S&O also advises clients on matters relating to sub-agreements under such government awards, including subcontracts, recipient contracts (also known as contracts-under-grants), assistance sub-awards (i.e., grants-under-contracts and sub-grants); loans and guarantees, and various types of lower-tier agreements. Both the prime and subgreement levels involve compliance with federal rules and procedures, as well as expertise in domestic and international commercial law.

With more than 90 combined years of experience, our attorneys handle not only domestic agreements and operational matters, but also those involving foreign government agencies, global funds and other intergovernmental organizations. We have represented clients in agreements with the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom, Germany’s Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Swedish International Development Corporation (SIDA), among others.

We have extensive experience in all phases of financial assistance and procurement, including competition/teaming, solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, award, contracting, administration, audits, compliance, freedom of information, and arbitration and litigation. Our firm has unique expertise in the procurement and assistance practices of bilateral official development assistance agencies, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, various agencies of the United Nations, and contracting agencies in developing and transitional countries.

S&O serves as government contracts and grants counsel on a standing or periodic basis to more nonprofit organizations in their aid-related operations than any other law firm in the world.  Our advice can be across-the-board, covering all awards, or limited to certain types of awards or issues. Our practice includes advice to professional and technical consulting firms on international aid-related procurement and assistance matters.