Course DescriptionBefore any business can hold itself out as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), it must satisfy all of the regulatory requirements. In this program, Gunjan Talati, government contracting attorney with Thompson Hine, covers each of those requirements and highlights eligibility issues that could affect a clients' business. Mr. Talati will also help attorneys understand how to bring and survive various challenges to eligibility status.
Meet the Lecturer(s)
Gunjan, an experienced government contracts practitioner, regularly represents contractors in a variety of sectors including aerospace and defense, health care and IT. His practice is a mix of counseling, litigation and transactional work. On the counseling side, he has particular experience advising clients on complying with various Federal Acquisition Regulations, navigating small business regulations and matters, addressing GSA and Federal Supply Schedule issues, and meeting ethics and compliance requirements. Gunjan’s litigation work includes representing contractors in suspension and debarment proceedings. As part of his practice, he has helped contractors of all sizes through contentious suspension and debarment proceedings before multiple agencies including the U.S. Air Force, General Services Administration, U.S. Army and U.S. Agency for International Development. He was recognized in 2014 by the National Law Journal’s Legal Times as a 40 under 40 D.C. Rising Star for his suspension and debarment successes. His litigation practice also focuses on bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims. In addition to counseling and litigation, Gunjan has transactional experience that includes serving as lead government contracts counsel in contractor mergers and acquisitions. His transactional experience also encompasses drafting and negotiating joint venture and teaming agreements. Gunjan also possesses a practical understanding of how contractors work. In 2014, he completed a three-month secondment to a leading aerospace manufacturer, during which he advised the company on negotiating aerospace long-term agreements, intellectual property disputes and general litigation. In 2010 and 2011, he was seconded to the compliance department of the U.S. division of a Fortune Global 500 engineering company for three months, where he developed comprehensive compliance policies and procedures. Finally, Gunjan also understands the government perspective. While he was in law school, he was a law clerk for the U.S. Army Office of the Chief Attorney, where he provided guidance on government contracts administration and bid protests.