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Edward DeLisle Presents on Construction REAs and Claims in Federal Contracting at 2018 National 8(a) Association Summer Conference

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September 20, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA Offit Kurman government contracting and construction law attorney Edward DeLisle was recently a featured speaker at the National 8(a) Association’s 2018 Summer Regional Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. DeLisle’s presentation explored the essential legal hurdles small construction businesses that contract with government agencies misunderstand in preparing and submitting requests for equitable adjustments (REAs) as well as claims under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA).

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the National 8(a) Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and guidance for firms certified as 8(a) small disadvantaged businesses by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). To qualify for 8(a) certification, a company must be at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Examples of such businesses include Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs), Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (SBEs), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDBs), and organizations that operate and employ people within Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones). Under the Small Business Act, disadvantaged individuals generally include Americans of African American, Hispanic, Asian Pacific, Native American (American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians) and Subcontinent Asian descent.

Each year, the National 8(a) Association hosts a number of regional conferences, summits, and workshop events around the country. Mr. DeLisle has participated as an instructor, panelist, or speaker at the organization’s Winter and Summer Regional Conferences for the past five years. His presentations have covered subjects such as federal procurement, 8(a) verification processes, bid protests, and other key government contracting topics and legal updates.

In his practice at Offit Kurman, Mr. DeLisle concentrates on federal contracting, small business procurement, construction law and construction litigation. He has drafted and negotiated teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, and construction contracts and subcontracts. He also actively monitors the progress of his clients' contracts as outside general counsel in order to safeguard those rights and remedies to which they are entitled. In addition to litigating, arbitrating, and mediating complex construction and procurement cases in various jurisdictions and forums throughout the region, Mr. DeLisle assists companies—both foreign and domestic—in international disputes involving the US government. He is currently representing clients on matters involving Department of Defense work in Afghanistan and has done similar work for clients in Israel and Eastern Europe.

For Mr. DeLisle, this commitment to small disadvantaged businesses, particularly SDVOSBs, is rooted in family and personal history.t

“My grandfather was a Pearl Harbor survivor, so I always knew I wanted to get involved with veterans in some way,” Mr. DeLisle told Offit Kurman. “Then came 9/11. I was in New York City and watched the second plane hit. It was transformative, and played a huge role in reigniting my desire to assist veterans coming home from Afghanistan.”

To learn more about the National 8(a) Association, visit national8aassociation.org. To download a copy of Mr. DeLisle’s recent presentation, “REA and Claim Essentials for the Small Business Construction Contractor,” click here. For more information about Edward DeLisle and Offit Kurman’s Government Contracting and Construction Law services, visit offitkurman.com.

 

 

ABOUT EDWARD DELISLE

edelisle@offitkurman.com | 267.338.1321

Edward DeLisle concentrates on federal contracting, small business procurement, construction law and construction litigation. He has drafted and negotiated teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, and construction contracts and subcontracts. He also actively monitors the progress of his clients’ contracts as outside general counsel in order to safeguard those rights and remedies to which they are entitled. In addition to litigating, arbitrating, and mediating complex construction and procurement cases in various jurisdictions and forums throughout the region, Mr. DeLisle assists companies—both foreign and domestic—in international disputes involving the US government. He is currently representing clients on matters involving Department of Defense work in Afghanistan and has done similar work for clients in Israel and Eastern Europe.

Ed counsels clients in all aspects of small business procurement. He has assisted clients in obtaining certification as small and small disadvantaged businesses at the municipal, state and federal level. He has participated in bid protests involving Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned, HUBZone and 8(a) set-aside contracts and regularly assists with responding to best-value procurements at the state and federal level. Ed also assists companies, both foreign and domestic, in international disputes involving the United States Government.

 

 

 

 

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