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Jeff H. Eckland, Partner, Eckland & Blando LLP to Speak at the Knowledge Groupís Compliance Programs for Government Contractors in 2015 Explored Live Webcast

New York, NY, January 13, 2015 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Jeff H. Eckland, Partner, Eckland & Blando LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Compliance Programs for Government Contractors in 2015 Explored LIVE Webcast.” This event is scheduled for February 5, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

Event Synopsis:

In a two hour live webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide an over-view of new legislation and acquisition regulations that will affect government contractors. The new regulations will substantially increase the risk to government contractors failing to comply. The speakers will provide insight into the most risky aspects of contracting and explain how to minimize the risk of non-compliance and possible auditing.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

- Government Contracting Legislation and Regulations
- GSA Schedule Changes
- Valuation Criteria, Source Selection, & Solicitations
- Compliance and Auditing Risks
- Compliance with Mandatory and Essential Flow Downs
- Security, Training, & Enforcement
- Quality Control Program Enhancement
- International Standards
- Risk Mitigation Advice
About Jeff H. Eckland

Jeff H. Eckland focuses his practice on government contract and general commercial litigation. He has litigated cases in state and federal trial courts across the country, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and numerous state and federal appellate courts. Before the U.S. Supreme Court, Jeff successfully argued that when the government enters into business deals with the private sector, it must play by the same rules that apply to its citizens. Franconia Assoc. v. United States, 536 U.S. 129 (2002). At the ensuing trial, the government was ordered to pay the plaintiffs over $13 million in damages.

Jeff also has litigated a wide variety of traditional government contract cases at the federal and state level, including bid protests, performance disputes, terminations for default and convenience, defective pricing, and False Claims Act litigation. Among his achievements, he has negotiated at the Pentagon stays of suspension and debarment proceedings, represented contractors in civil and criminal environmental proceedings, and recovered increased costs in equitable adjustment claims. Jeff also counsels government contractors and subcontractors on transactional and compliance issues, including all phases of contract negotiation and administration, cost allowance, intellectual property, and technical data rights.

About Eckland & Blando LLP

Eckland & Blando LLP provides experienced, aggressive, and responsive legal services to businesses throughout the United States. Based in the Twin Cities, Eckland & Blando is especially committed to meeting the unique needs of contractors that provide goods and services to federal, state, and local government agencies. Its government contracts attorneys have achieved a national reputation in this area.

Eckland & Blando lawyers have more than fifty years of experience counseling and representing individuals, partnerships, corporations, and government entities. The firm’s lawyers have appeared before state agencies and courts across the country, Federal Boards of Contract Appeals, U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Supreme Court.

Eckland & Blando has developed a national reputation for trying cases to win. In 2002, Attorneys Jeff Eckland and Mark Blando presented a pivotal case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court held, in a 9-0 decision, that when the Government enters into business deals with the private sector, it must play by the same rules that apply to its citizens. Franconia Associates v. United States, 536 U.S. 129 (2002). At the ensuing trial, the Government was ordered to pay the plaintiffs over $13 million in damages. See id., 61 Fed. Cl. 718 (2004). Subsequent settlements of similar claims across the country have led to additional recoveries well in excess of $300 million.

Because of Eckland & Blando’s experience and dedication to government contracts law, its lawyers understand the complex set of laws, regulations, and polices that apply to doing business with the Government. Whether ensuring that a contract award is fair in an agency bid protest, litigating a claim for just payment for a contract change in the federal courts and boards, or establishing important legal principles before the United States Supreme Court, Eckland & Blando lawyers are committed to understanding your business and are ready to stand for your rights.

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About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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