Government and Corporate Law Firm

full service government contracts law firmWhitcomb, Selinsky, McAuliffe, PC (WSM Law) is focused and proud to serve Coloradans and Veteran owned small businesses all over the United States.  Our focus on being a government contracts law firm, enables us to offer help with bid-protests, SDVOSB status certification, FAR compliance, and False Claims Act accusations. Our firm was founded on a commitment to excellence and and attention to detail that its founder learned as a member of one of America’s most elite fighting forces.  As a young man, Joe Whitcomb recited what would become his life’s mantra, The Ranger Creed, nearly every day of his life.  He still lives by that creed as he serves the people he proudly calls clients.  Many of those clients have also served in uniform and Joe Whitcomb counts them as brothers and sisters.  If you decide to hire one of our government contracts lawyers as your legal representative in any matter, we will take that trust seriously.  WSM Law’s dedication to  serving our clients is unqualified.  Call us and let us know what we can do to help.

Helping Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) Get Certified and Grow

Joe Whitcomb knows exactly what it feels like to start a business with little more than an idea and and some really good staffers.  He started his SDVOSB CVE certified law firm in April 2012 and knows what it feels like to squeeze every dime to make ends meet.  Joe has also known his share of successes and is careful to maximize the legal processes.  He is also passionate about leveraging his legal and business experience to benefit his Veteran business owner clients in their quest to get CVE certified, win government contracts, and grow their business.  Working towards his clients’ success goes beyond Joe’s desire to keep them happy, it’s actually woven into his own business plan.  He believes that the best way to grow his law firm is to help his clients grow their businesses while remaining compliant with Federal, State, and local regulations.  For this reason, WSM Law, PC stays up-to-date on federal and state regulations as well as government procurement trends.  We have clients located all over the United States doing business with a variety of federal agencies as well as State and local governments and big primes.  Wherever you are in the  Government Procurement arena, from obtaining CVE certification, engaging in a GAO or agency level bid protest, or faced with a performance issue, WSM Law can help.

Helping Companies in Their International Business Transactions

Helping businesses grow and while remaining compliant with federal, state, and local regulations is especially important when a company is engage in international business transactions.  Joe Whitcomb got to witness international commerce in his travels as a U.S. service member and he developed his interest further when he completed his masters degree in International Relations.  His focus on International Political Economics helped form his perspective on the value of international trade.  He finished his LLM in International Business Transactions in 2016.  Joe believes that increased trade leads to improved relations, which is good for everyone involved.  That said, when you take your company into the uncharted waters of international trade, you may not know what pitfalls to avoid.  Legal and security questions will invariably arise and the attorneys at WSM Law are here to help.  So, when you decide to grow your business beyond the borders of the United States, give us a call so we can help you succeed, minimize your legal risks, and maximize your opportunities.

CVE rule change

CVE Proposing to Change Its Reverification Rules

Open for Comment On February 21, 2017, the VA issued a CVE rule change proposing that Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) verified businesses be reverified for compliance every three-years instead of every two-years. The VA’s proposal implements a section of the Veterans Benefits, HealthCare, and Information Technology Act of 2006, that requires the VA to verify […]

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Solicitation Canceled without good reason

Cancelling Solicitation Without Adequate Justification is an Abuse of Discretion

Can an Agency Extend an Incumbent’s Contract Without Justification? The GAO has ruled that cancelling solicitations and extending contracts with an incumbent, requires a good reason. In the Matter of:  Walker Development & Trading Group, Inc., File:  B-413924, dated January 12, 2017, the GAO sustained the protest of a VA decision to extend the award of an $10 […]

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property transfers to family members

Business Owner Beware – Property Transfers to Family may be Considered Gifts

Property Transfers to Family and Tax Consequences Property transfers to family members can have tax consequences.  Business owners should have estate plans, but many owners are unaware of the tax implications associated with recapitalizing their business entities to help family members.  Business owners probably already know that sales of stock, for example, have tax consequences. […]

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Trademark dispute

The Pink Trademark Dispute-Not Just a Color Anymore

Trademark Dispute Who would’ve imagined that pink would become a disputed international trademark dispute?  The international trademark dispute over “Pink” revolves around a clothing trademark.  The two companies fighting over the trademark rights for this word “Pink” are L Brands, Inc. which owns Victoria’s Secret, and Thomas Pink, an upscale British dress-shirt brand. Company Background […]

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Prime contractor payments

New Rule Designed to Enforce Prime Contractor Payments Accountability

Prime Contractor Payments Responsibilities A new rule goes into effect on January 19, 2017 that amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and requires contractors to notify the contracting officer if the prime contractor payments are reduced price to a small business subcontractor or if the prime contractor payments to a small business subcontractor is more […]

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trade dress

Protecting Your Trade Dress

What is the difference between Trademark and Trade Dress? Trade dress constitutes a “symbol” or “device” within the meaning of §2 of the Trademark Act.[1] It encompasses the “total image and overall appearance” of a product, not just the packaging: the totality of the elements, including size, shape, color or color combinations, texture, and graphics. Trade […]

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multiple-award contracts

Multipl-Award Rule Making

DoD, GSA and NASA Propose Amending Multiple-Award Rules Applying to Small Businesses The DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The proposed rule would set Government-wide policy for partial set-asides and reserves, and setting aside orders for small […]

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Whitcomb, Selinsky, McAuliffe, PC has been verified by the VA's Center for Verification and Eligibility (CVE) as Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)