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February 18, 2021

Successful Strategies for Filing Requests for Equitable Adjustments (REAs) and Claims

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Successful Strategies for Filing Requests for Equitable Adjustments (REAs) and Claims


Federal government contracts are not perfect when awarded.  During performance, contract changes may be required to fix inaccurate or defective specifications, react to newly encountered circumstances, or modify the work to ensure the contract meets government requirements.  Any changes made to a government contract can force a contractor to perform more work, or to perform work in a manner that increases a contractor’s costs. Unfortunately, the parties do not always agree on the scope, value, or even the existence of a contract change. As such, contract changes account for a significant portion of contract litigation. This class will provide an overview of the contract disputes process and outline strategies that contractors can use to successfully file REAs and Claims.


Ryan C. Bradel leads Ward & Berry’s government contracts practice as a Partner at the firm. Ryan has over a decade of experience in all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement law including representing and counseling some of the foremost companies in the defense, intelligence, contingency operations, private security/private military, base operations support (BOS), weapons manufacturing, construction, information technology, cybersecurity, healthcare, veterans’ affairs/administration, linguist/translation, and energy sectors.

Timothy A. Furin, Partner at Ward & Berry,  served in the U.S. Army for 22 years and garnered experience across the full spectrum of government contract law matters, primarily as an acquisition law specialist within the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mr. Furin is an experienced litigator who counsels and represents contractors of all sizes across all industry sectors in a wide range of government procurement law matters, including contract formation and administration, ethics and compliance, bid protest litigation, and requests for equitable adjustment, contract claims and appeals. Mr. Furin also has extensive experience with rapid acquisition (SBIR, STTR, and OTAs), stability operations, and contingency contracting. Mr. Furin graduated from Temple University and earned his LLM with a specialty in federal procurement law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

Alan M. Apple, Partner at Ward & Berry, is a Government acquisition law expert who served in the U.S. Military for over 23 years dividing his tenure between the United States Navy and U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). As an Army JAG, Mr. Apple was designated as an acquisition law specialist who gathered experience in all phases of the Defense Acquisition System with an emphasis on contract formation issues such as requirement development, acquisition planning, market research, request for proposal development, sole sourcing, source selection, and contract award.

Ward & Berry PLLC is a small law firm based out of Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas that offers depth and breadth of knowledge at the intersection of government and technology, particularly within the Defense Industrial Base and the Intelligence Community. Their lawyers are admitted to practice in courts and before administrative boards throughout the country.  They serve clients in both advisory and litigation roles by bringing know-how, experience, and personal relationships to bear in solving clients’ tough problems.

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February 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm