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Nelson Mullins' lawyers and policy advisors represent a variety of clients in the defense industry, including major defense contractors and related service providers. Nelson Mullins' team is experienced in regulatory, transactional, government relations, and complex, multijurisdictional litigation matters.

The Nelson Mullins Defense Sector Industry team is cross-disciplinary. This allows us to assist clients on specific matters with an eye on how that could impact its overall operations. The firm's 15 offices provide clients with the ability to connect with the team's relationships at major defense contractors, military facilities, universities, and organizations tied to the defense sector.

For example, we have represented companies that have acquired other companies and then were subsequently bought by a prime contractor. We handled the sale of arms to the Ministry of Defense of Israel through the Foreign Military Sales program. We helped a Fortune 500 defense contractor develop better relationships with members of Congress whose districts included major facilities for the contractor.

The full range of services from Nelson Mullins has included representing clients in the following matters.

  • Federal sanction programs and export regulations administered by Treasury, State Department, Commerce Department, and Department of Justice;
  • Proceedings in the Court of Federal Claims;
  • Federal acquisition under Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARS, Defense FARS/DFARS, Department of Energy (DOE) FARS/DEARS), and Small Business Administration regulations;
  • Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored work visas for foreign nationals working for U.S. based DoD contractors;
  • DoD/Defense Security Service facilities clearances under National Industrial Security Program:
  • DOE contractor management of Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information and isolation from Foreign Ownership Influence and Control;
  • M&A and Intellectual Property scenarios of foreign acquisition of U.S. defense contractor under FARS and DSS NISPOM;
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy with the substitution of a new contract for an old one with a U.S. government contractor;
  • Comprehensive federal government relations including congressional relations, legislative and procurement strategies, DoD pilot projects, and creating/strengthening industry relationships;
  • Application of Buy America/n Acts to DoD procurement; and
  • Purchase and sale of arms, munitions and military avionics, aircraft and components, software, and computers to foreign governments and private parties.