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.

SBA SDVOSB status protest

Lack of VetBiz registration insufficient for SDVOSB Status protest

SDVOSB Status Protest Case Study: Matter of MJL enterprises Many of my clients express worry about an SBA SDVOSB status protest in the event they are awarded a contract before their CVE certification is complete. This recent ruling from the SBA OHA sheds some light on that issue. In ruling in favor of respondent company on […]

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Can Your SDVOSB Status Survive Death?

The US Court of Federal Claims Rules that SDVOSB Status Can Survive Veteran Owner’s Death On November 26, 2013, the US Court of Federal Claims heard an appeal from a the son of a veteran business owner after a contracting officer working for the defendant, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, issued a “determination of non-responsibility,” proposed […]

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CVE SDVOSB denial–Challenging in federal court

 Challenging a CVE SDVOSB denial in pre-award contest In KWV, Inc. v. United States, a disappointed bidder filed a pre-award bid protest of the CVE’s denial  of  their SDVOSB status.  In that case,  the US Court of Federal Claims found the CVE’s reliance on the Veteran applicant’s residency alone was “arbitrary and capricious” and not in […]

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SDVOSB denial quorum language

SDVOSB status denial–Quorum Language

Was Your SDVOSB Status Denial Due to Quorum Language in Your Bylaws? According to the Center for Verification and Eligibility (CVE) website, the number one reason for SDVOSB status denial is quorum language in a company’s bylaws that gives passive control to non-veteran board members.  This is a function, in this author’s opinion, of a […]

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denied vetbiz database

Denied for Inclusion in Vetbiz database-Request for Reconsideration

Were you denied inclusion in the Vetbiz Database? Try a “Request for reconsideration” 38 CFR 74.13 asks “Can an applicant ask CVE [Center for Verification and Eligibility] to reconsider its initial decision to deny an application?” The answer is yes.  If CVE denies your firm’s inclusion in the Vetbiz database, submitting “request for reconsideration” to […]

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CVE Verification: Center for Verification and Evaluation has “Control” Issues

CVE Verification Quorum Language Regarding CVE verification, 38 CFR 74.3 (b) states: (b) Ownership must be unconditional. Ownership by one or more veterans or service-disabled veterans must be unconditional ownership. Ownership must not be subject to conditions precedent, conditions subsequent, executory agreements, voting trusts, restrictions on assignments of voting rights, or other arrangements causing or potentially […]

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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)