Small Business and Government Contracts Attorney at Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, LLP
- Lawrence, Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas Area)
- Law Practice
Steven Koprince's Overview
- Partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, LLP
- Publisher at SmallGovCon Blog (smallgovcon.com)
- Small Business & Government Contracts Attorney at PilieroMazza PLLC
- Attorney at Akerman Senterfitt
- Attorney at Wickwire Gavin, PC
- Legislative Assistant at United States House of Representatives
Steven Koprince's Summary
As a government contracts attorney, I help businesses, especially small businesses, navigate the murky waters of federal government contracting.
A significant portion of my work consists of providing advice and counsel to contractors in dealing with regulatory red tape and compliance demands, such as avoiding affiliation and ostensible subcontractor affiliation and complying with the FAR's limitations on subcontracting.
My work as a government contracts lawyer also focuses on the SBA's small, disadvantaged preference programs. I help clients prepare 8(a) applications, pursue HUBZone certification, and obtain service-disabled veteran-owned small business verification from the VA's Center for Veterans Enterprise. I also prepare compliant 8(a) joint venture agreements and service-disabled veteran-owned joint venture agreements meeting the SBA's and VA's regulatory requirements.
The federal marketplace is highly competitive, even for seasoned and knowledgeable contractors. When the competition heats up, and a small business needs to file (or defend) a GAO bid protest, SBA size protest, or SBA size appeal at the SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals, I make sure my clients get the fair shake they deserve. In addition, I prepare and defend SBA eligibility protests, including HUBZone protests, service-disabled veteran-owned small business protests, and women-owned small business protests.
Born in Illinois and raised in North Dakota, I bring a Midwestern approach to my work as a lawyer--straightforward, approachable (I avoid "legalese" whenever possible) and always friendly, even when deadlines are tight.
Federal government contract compliance, small business issues, 8(a), HUBZone, service-disabled veteran-owned small business and women-owned small business programs, GAO bid protests, SBA size protests, SBA OHA appeals, HUBZone protests, SDVOSB protests, WOSB protests, 8(a) requests for reconsideration, 8(a) suspensions, 8(a) terminations, HUBZone decertifications, NAICS code appeals, joint venturing and teaming, federal mentor-protege programs, novations.
Steven Koprince's Experience
Partnership; 1-10 employees; Legal Services industry
May 2012 – Present (2 years 5 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area
My attorney work at Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, LLP focuses on representing government contractors, particularly small businesses. My practice includes:
FAR, Small Business and Regulatory Compliance, including:
• SBA size and eligibility requirements
• Avoiding affiliation and ostensible subcontractor affiliation
• SBA 8(a), SDVOSB, HUBZone and WOSB rules
• FAR ethics and conflict of interest rules
• Service Contract Act
• Davis Bacon Act
• Non-discrimination and affirmative action rules
• Subcontracting requirements
• Many others
GAO Bid Protest Attorney:
• Evaluating potential GAO protests
• Preparing and filing GAO protests
• Intervening in (defending) GAO protests
SBA Size Protests Attorney and SBA OHA Size Appeals Attorney:
• Preparing SBA Size Protests
• Defending SBA Size Protests
• Preparing SBA OHA Appeals
• Defending SBA OHA Appeals
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Programs Attorney:
• SDVOSB Compliance
• SDVOSB Protests
• Defending SDVOSB Protests
• VA CVE Applications
• VA CVE Requests for Reconsideration
• SDVOSB Joint Venture Agreements
SBA 8(a) Program Attorney:
• SBA 8(a) Compliance (including business activity targets, excessive withdrawal rule, ownership restrictions, etc.)
• SBA 8(a) Program Applications
• SBA 8(a) Program Requests for Reconsideration
• SBA 8(a) Program Mentor-Protégé Agreements
• SBA 8(a) Joint Venture Agreements
• Appealing SBA 8(a) Program Suspensions
• Appealing SBA 8(a) Program Terminations
HUBZone Program Attorney:
• HUBZone Compliance
• HUBZone Applications
• Responding to HUBZone Decertifications
• HUBZone Protests
• Defending HUBZone Protests
• Responding to HUBZone Program Examinations
Women Owned Small Business Program Attorney:
• WOSB Compliance
• WOSB Certifications
• WOSB Protests
• Defending WOSB Protests
• Responding to WOSB Program Examinations
Joint Venture Agreements
NAICS Code Appeals
SmallGovCon Blog (smallgovcon.com)
May 2012 – Present (2 years 5 months)
I am the publisher and author of SmallGovCon, a blog focusing on legal news and notes of interest to small businesses involved in federal government contracting. The blog covers topics including:
• SBA Size and Affiliation Rules
• SBA OHA Size Protests and Appeals
• Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Program
• 8(a) Program
• GAO Bid Protests
• HUBZone Program
• WOSB Program
• Suspensions, Debarments and Penalties
• NAICS Code Appeals
• Statutes and Regulations
New posts appear on the blog most weekdays, and I welcome comments and feedback. Visit SmallGovCon at smallgovcon.com.
Small Business & Government Contracts Attorney
January 2009 – April 2012 (3 years 4 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area
Attorney practice focusing on federal government contracts law, including SBA OHA appeals, SBA small business protests, GAO bid protests, 8(a) program, HUBZone program, service-disabled veteran-owned small business program, women-owned small business program, FAR compliance, and related matters.
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry
June 2006 – December 2008 (2 years 7 months)
Represented small businesses, public and private owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in practice emphasizing government contracts, construction, and related matters.
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Legislative Office industry
January 2001 – July 2002 (1 year 7 months)
Advisor to Member of Congress on issues including labor and employment, economic development, telecommunications, transportation, and education.
Steven Koprince's Skills & Expertise
- Government Contracts
- Small Business Law
- Teaming Agreements
- Small Business
- Government Contracting
- Government Procurement
- Employment Law
- Federal Contracts
- Service Contract Act
- Non-disclosure Agreements
- Dispute Resolution
- Bid Protests
- Joint Ventures
- Legal Writing
- Federal Government Contracts
- Contract Management
- Program Management
- Contract Law
- Federal Government
- Corporate Law
- Corporate Governance
- Legal Research
- Intellectual Property
- Contract Negotiation
- Economic Development
- Administrative Law
- Federal Law
- Construction Law
- Trade Secrets
- Commercial Litigation
Steven Koprince's Publications
- Set-Aside Alert
- July 2009
New federal contractors can be caught in a "chicken and egg" scenario: they need strong past performance scores to win contracts, but can't gain past performance until they win a contract. This article offers some suggestions for new businesses to escape the past performance conundrum.
The article was republished by NAVSEA's small business office.
As Agencies’ Use of IDIQ Contracts Expands, Will Increased Contractor Protest Rights Follow?
- The Procurement Lawyer
In recent years, federal agencies have increasingly relied upon Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity, or IDIQ contracts, to procure services. The article discusses whether contractors' bid protest rights have kept up with this contracting practice.
- The Federal Lawyer
- February 2009
In a case called F.D. Rich Co., the Supreme Court held that plaintiffs cannot recover attorneys' fees in Miller Act payment bond cases. But every rule has its exceptions, and this article examines three ways Miller Act plaintiffs can recover their fees, Rich notwithstanding.
The article was republished in The Clause, the quarterly publication of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association.
- Set-Aside Alert
- February 2009
Small government contractors often have difficulty securing the necessary bonds to complete federal construction contracts. But when small contractors turn to large businesses for bonding assistance, they can unwittingly run afoul of the SBA's affiliation rules. This article, co-authored with Antonio R. Franco, explores the "affiliation problem" inherent in bonding assistance, and offers some practical guidance.
The Slow Erosion of Suretyship Principles: An Uncertain Future for “Pay-When-Paid” and "Pay-If-Paid” Clauses in Public Construction Subcontracts
- Public Contract Law Journal
Prime contractors on federal and state construction contracts often insert "pay when paid " or "pay if paid" clauses in their subcontracts to limit their payment risks. Recently, however, a number of courts have refused to allow payment bond sureties to rely upon these clauses to defend against subcontractors' claims. This article explores those cases, against the backdrop of the longstanding principle that a surety's liability is coextensive with that of its principal.
The article was cited by the Ohio Court of Appeals in JJO Construction, Inc. v. Michael J. Penrod, et al., No. 93230 (Oh. Ct. App. June 10, 2010).
- Constructor Magazine
- February 2008
What good is a pay-when-paid subcontract clause if the payment bond surety cannot enforce it? Published in Constructor Magazine, the member publication of the Associated General Contractors of America, this article warns general contractors about the limits of pay-when-paid clauses.
- March 2011
The federal government does not have a one-size-fits-all standard for qualifying as "small" for small business set-aside contracts. Instead, the SBA determines size on a contract-by-contract basis. This article explains how to determine whether your business is "small" for purposes of a particular federal procurement by correctly calculating your average annual receipts or number of employees in accordance with the SBA's size regulations.
- ConstructionRisk Report, Vol. 10, No. 2
- March 2008
Sometimes, a seemingly straightforward claim for breach of contract takes a wrong turn, and a contractor finds itself facing unfounded claims of fraud, deceit, or dishonesty. This article explores legal options contractors may be able to take to go on the offensive and fight such claims, such as causes of action for defamation, commercial disparagement, and tortious interference with business relationships.
- April 2011
If your company loses a competition for a federal small business set-aside contract, you may be able to file a SBA size protest, asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to investigate the awardee's small business size. This article explains the unique requirements (and short deadlines) of the SBA size protest process from the perspective of a SBA size protest attorney.
- Set-Aside Alert
- April 29, 2011
Small government contractors can become victims of their own success by growing to large to receive set-aside contracts in their industries. This article explores ways small government contractors may be able to forestall exceeding a size standard threshold, and discusses help on the way in the form of increased SBA size standards in certain industries.
- The Federal Lawyer
- May 2011
Written primarily for an audience of attorneys, this article provides an in-depth look at the process of preparing and filing a size protest with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- May 2011
If your company does business with the federal government, even a nominal gift to a federal employee could run afoul of federal law. This article explains the restrictions on gifts to federal employees by government contractors, as well as some commonsense exceptions.
The HUBZone Program: Six Myths Debunked
- Set-Aside Alert
- July 2011
The HUBZone program has many unique and confusing requirements. Oftentimes, contractors misunderstand the rules. This article discusses six common HUBZone misconceptions, and the corresponding realities about how the HUBZone program's rules work. The article was the basis for November 2011 presentation to the Department of Defense Mid-Atlantic Regional Council (please contact me for a copy of the presentation).
- Contract Management Magazine (NCMA)
- September 2011
Drawing on the size appeal decisions of the SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals, as well as the author's experience as a SBA OHA appeals attorney, this article explains when a prime/subcontract team on a small business set-aside procurement crosses the line into impermissible ostensible subcontractor affiliation.
- May 2012
This article discusses two little-known compliance issues service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses should know about when forming joint ventures for SDVOSB set-aside contracts.
- AMACOM Books
- June 5, 2012
The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts covers key rules and regulations applicable to small government contractors, to help them play by the rules and keep their federal contract awards coming. Topics include size standards, general affiliation, ostensible subcontractor affiliation, ethics, wage and hour requirements, the 8(a) Program, SDVOSB Program, HUBZone Program, WOSB Program, and more. The book is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as other booksellers.
Steven Koprince's Education
2002 – 2005
B.A., Political Science
1996 – 2000
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