Bob Wagman heads the firm’s Government Contracts practice. For more than 20 years, Bob has been a trusted advisor to clients of all sizes in a broad range of industries in all facets of conducting business with the government including government contracts, grants and other federally-funded projects. His experience ranges from representing companies in litigation matters before courts and administrative tribunals to advising clients and corporate counsel in transactional matters and regulatory compliance.
Bob has deep transactional experience and regularly acts as co-counsel working with corporate lawyers. He regularly represents buyers, sellers and investors in corporate transactions involving government contractors, including conducting due diligence, advising on appropriate deal terms and addressing statutory and regulatory requirements related to transfers. Bob has also advised creditors and borrowers in financing and restructuring transactions. He has represented companies in several transactions involving classified contracts and advised on foreign acquisitions requiring foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) mitigation procedures. Additionally, he regularly counsels companies on day-to-day contract matters including government contract intellectual property issues and unique corporate compliance requirements.
On Government Contract litigation matters, Bob has represented numerous companies, academic institutions, and individuals in civil False Claims Act (qui tam) matters ranging from representing clients at the early stages of DOJ/Inspector General investigations, to securing dismissal of qui tam complaints, to defending firms in jury trials. He has conducted internal investigations on behalf of companies and boards of directors and advises regularly on self-disclosure obligations. Bob also has represented companies and individuals in suspension and debarment matters. He has experience in representing government contractors in criminal investigations involving alleged misconduct on government programs. In the bid protest arena, he has successfully represented both protesters and intervenors in bid protest matters at the GAO, the Court of Federal Claims and before agencies. He has prosecuted claims on behalf of companies and also represented companies in prime/sub disputes.
Recent Notable Matters
Public key infrastructure company — successfully represented company that provides Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) support to the Department of State in a four-day jury trial over breach of contract matter
Satellite communications company — counseled start-up that provides next generation satellite communications services to government agencies on federal procurement matters
Technology services and solutions company — provided government contracting advice to company that provides engineering, programmatic and information technology products to the government
Chrysler Corporation — Qui Tam case alleging intentional defective pricing by Chrysler’s electronics subsidiary on a military contract. Case settled prior to trial.*
Aramark Corporation — Qui Tam case alleging overcharging Medicare and Medicaid patients on a hospital food-service contracts at Johns Hopkins hospital. Court granted motion to dismiss.*
Amerigroup Illinois, Inc. — Qui Tam case alleging state Medicaid HMO contractor was avoiding less healthy patients and pregnant women. Case tried to verdict and settled on appeal.*
Sodexho — Qui Tam case alleging fraudulent billing against multiple food service contractors on school lunch programs. Court granted motion to dismiss based on public disclosure bar. (Reported at 2009 WL 579380.)*
Cartwright International Van Lines — criminal price fixing conspiracy charges related to freight forwarding of U.S. military personnel household items. Negotiated settlement of criminal charges as well as parallel civil False Claims Act case. Also, negotiated an administrative settlement agreement with the Army to avoid debarment related to criminal plea.*
A publicly traded IT services firm — one of the several industry-wide False Claims Act cases claiming overcharging on government contracts related to travel rebates. After DOJ investigation, the government and relator voluntarily dismissed the case against our client before seal was lifted.*
A former Oracle executive — Qui Tam suit related to overcharging for software on GSA schedule contract. Case settled prior to trial.*
Basic Contracting Services, Inc. — Qui Tam case alleging false certifications related to training and guard pay. Court granted motion to dismiss*
D.H.B Industries — industry-wide False Claims Act investigation into Zylon vests sold to federal and local law enforcement agencies. Case settled prior to complaint being filed.*
IT Services firm — internal investigation on a classified contract related to a whistleblower’s claims concerning falsified time charging, resulting in the government electing not to pursue any charges.
A publicly traded company — successfully defended client in an eight-year grand jury investigation jointly conducted by DOJ and the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General into alleged bid rigging related to US Air Force government contracts. Prosecutors closed the investigation without any charges being filed against the company or any individuals.*
A government contractor — defended client contractor in a grand jury investigation into alleged antitrust violations related to state human services contracts. DOJ Prosecutors closed the investigation without any charges being filed against the company or any individuals.*
A large public university system — successfully represented system in a National Science Foundation Office of the Inspector General investigation related to the university’s federally funded research projects*
* Work completed prior to Bracewell
Publications and Speeches
“The New Era of Transparent Internal Audits,” BoardMember.com, June 2012.