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.

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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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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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Disputes Clause in Your Subcontract

Don’t’ Become a Subcontractor with a “Garden Variety” Lawsuit  Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), and other small businesses, want to become subcontractors to entities with prime government contracts. But, subcontractors beware – unless a prime contract contains mandatory “flow down” requirements, or the subcontract demonstrates an intent to create privity, a subcontractor has […]

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Bad Faith Requires “Intent to Injure”

Bad Faith and Option Periods In DekaTron Corporation v. United States, DekaTron Corporation’s alleged bad faith in the government’s failure to exercise an option year. DekaTron sought damages of $4.9 million including $3.7 million for profits and $1.1 million leases, furniture, supplies, and other obligations. 128 Fed. CL. 115. The Department of Labor, the defendant […]

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Is Your LLC’s Operating Agreement Protecting You

Unanimous Consent Language and Other Requirements In the past two years, several applicants for inclusion in the VIP database have received denial letters from the CVE, because of wording in their operating agreement.  The most common reason for denial is language requiring unanimous consent to amend the agreement itself or to add members to the LLC.  The VA’s OSDBU posts […]

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Colorado Congressman Coffman Co-sponsors SDVOSB Verification Bill

HR 3945-Another Attempt to Revamp the SDVOSB Verification Process The SDVOSB verification process can be tricky.  On November 5, 2015, Representative Mike Coffman, along with five co-sponsors introduced HR 3945, titled Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2015.  While the text of the bill was not available at the time of this […]

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Clearly Unreasonable Contracting Officer = Attorney’s Fees, Overhead, Profit and Interest

What Should I Do If Faced with a Clearly Unreasonable Contracting Officer? Federal contracting officers have broad discretion – within the limitations and allowances of the FAR. But, contracting officers must respond in writing to claims filed by contractors. If they do not, they are violating the FAR and contractors are eligible for attorney’s fees and other […]

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Equitable Estoppel Defense to Intellectual Property Infringement Claims in International Trade

Can an Equitable Estoppel Defense Win the Day in Intellectual Property Infringement Cases This blog post will be the first of a series dealing with this subject.  In completing my LLC (Master of Laws) in International Business Transactions at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, I spent the last 4 1/2 months studying the […]

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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)