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Federal Practice Group Reorganized at Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker, LLP

Jim Nagle

Jim Nagle

PHOTO: Courtesy of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

SEATTLE, Washington, Feb. 7, 2013 – Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker, LLP, one of the Northwest’s most respected law firms with practice areas in construction, government contracts, business law and commercial litigation, has reorganized its Federal Practice Group under the leadership of senior Partner James Nagle.

Nagle is one of the nation’s preeminent federal government procurement lawyers, and is the co-author of Nash, Cibinic & Nagle, Administration of Government Contracts (4th ed., CCH, 2006), which has long been considered the seminal treatise on federal government contracting.

Nagle said the reorganization of the Group is being driven by significant changes in the types of issues arising during the current economic downtimes. “While we continue to see bid protests and contract disputes arising in the context of federal procurements,” said Nagle, “There has been an enormous rise in the number of SBA-related, ‘Buy American,’ and disadvantaged business matters we are seeing, and with which we have great experience.”

Oles Morrison attorneys have significant experience and knowledge in specific areas of federal practice. “We noted how broad our experience has become across our Group and wanted to organize ourselves in a way that allows us to best and most efficiently address the needs of our clients,” Nagle said.

Consequently, Nagle is spearheading the effort to ensure that attorneys with like and complimentary federal experience are better organized, so that matters can be directed immediately to those best equipped to address them. “For example, we have a number of members of the Federal Practice Group who are experienced in federal bid protests,” Nagle said, “Our goal is to make sure that we capitalize on our collective experience to maximize our effectiveness on every federal protest that comes in.”

The reorganized Group will focus attention on matters that include pre-bid contracting advice; SBA certification/decertification and size protests; payment issues; contract terminations; changes, delay, differing site conditions claims; defective specifications/ impossibility of performance; surety bonds and Buy American Act compliance; and the False Claims Act.

With offices in Washington, Alaska and California, Oles Morrison represents both national and international clients on projects in the United States and abroad. The Oles Morrison attorneys, with the assistance of a seasoned team of in-house consultants and paralegals, provide advice on issues arising from requests for proposals and invitations to bid, through protests, requests for equitable adjustments, disputes and terminations.

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About Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

Founded in 1893, Oles Morrison is one of the Pacific Northwest's oldest and most respected law firms. While focusing on construction litigation, government contracts, and public procurement, we are also able to address the wide range of legal matters that most businesses face: employment, bankruptcy and insolvency, tax and estate planning and business formation. We represent both national and international clients on projects in the United States and abroad.

From our offices in Washington, Alaska and California, we are able to deploy attorneys who have the experience necessary to provide timely and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems. More information is available at www.oles.com.

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