Peter Ford heads the firm’s Boulder, Colorado office. Since joining PilieroMazza in 2011, Mr. Ford has become one of the firm’s most experienced attorneys for SDVOSB-related matters for both the VA and SBA. In this regard, he regularly assists clients with submitting applications to the VA’s VetBiz VIP program, filing reconsideration requests of VA VetBiz VIP program denials, and filing and defending SDVOSB status protests.

Mr. Ford advises clients on small business procurement matters, particularly issues related to eligibility for, and continued participation in, small business federal procurement programs, such as the SBA’s 8(a) BD, SDVOSB, WOSB and HUBZone programs and the VA’s VetBiz VIP program.  He represents clients in actions before OHA, GAO and ODRA.  He also counsels clients on maintaining compliance with the FAR and the small business regulations, which includes auditing clients for potential size and affiliation issues. 

Additionally, Mr. Ford provides general corporate and business assistance, with a focus on company start-up and corporate restructuring matters and purchase and sale transactions. 

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., 2008, magna cum laude Articles Editor, Nova Law Review
  • Washington & Lee University, B.S., 2005

Admissions

Representative Experience

Government contracting experience:

  • Successful reconsideration requests in connection with VA VetBiz VIP program and SBA 8(a) BD program denials
  • Successful appeals of erroneous determinations of affiliation to OHA
  • Successful appeals of erroneous NAICS code designations to OHA
  • Pursuit and defense of both size and status protests before the SBA and ODRA
  • Corrective action in multiple cases before GAO

General corporate and business experience:

  • Representing numerous clients in connection with the negotiation and preparation of operating agreements, bylaws, shareholders agreements, teaming agreements and joint venture agreements, including those involving 8(a), SDVOSB, and other small business government contracting companies
  • Representing clients as buyers and sellers in company-related acquisitions, including due diligence and preparation of all sale and purchase documents and instruments
  • Advising clients on corporate restructuring transactions, including preparation of merger documents
  • Preparing and implementing employee incentive compensation plans, including stock appreciation rights

Representative Cases

  • Successfully defended our client’s small business size and EDWOSB statuses before the FAA’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition.  See Protest of Pal Technologies, Inc., 15-ODRA-00720 (Mar. 12, 2015)
  • Successfully defended our client’s small business size status before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals.  See Size Appeal of MCH Corporation, SBA No. SIZ-5622 (2014)
  • Overturned NAICS code designation resulting in a reclassification of contract into a smaller size standard.  See NAICS Appeal of eScience & Technology Solutions, Inc., SBA No. NAICS-5586 (2014) 
  • Successfully appealed the SBA’s suspension of a tribally-owned firm from the 8(a) Program. See Federal Program Integrators, LLC, SBA No. BDPS-538 (2014)
  • Successfully appealed the SBA’s suspension of a tribally-owned firm from the 8(a) Program.  See Wichita Tribal Enterprises, LLC, SBA No. BDP-523 (2014) 
  • Successfully appealed a size determination concluding that the protested firm was an eligible small business for the procurement. See Crosstown Courier Service Incorporated, SBA No. SIZ-5571 (2014)
  • Successfully appealed the SBA’s decision to deny a Native American-owned firm entry to the 8(a) Program.  See Gearhart Construction Services, SBA No. BDPE-473 (2013) 
  • Overturned NAICS code designation resulting in a reclassification of contract into a larger size standard. See NAICS Appeal of Dial General Engineering, SBA No. NAICS-5375 (2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "New Tools for SDVOSBs/VOSBs in the Federal Marketplace ," HEROZONA Conference, Nov. 9, 2017 (with Scott Denniston)
  • Trainer, "SBA's New Mentor-Protégé Program for All Small Businesses," Colorado PTAC, May 2, 2017 (with Meghan Leemon)
  • Presenter, "Hot Issues in Federal Contracting 2017," 7th Annual SBA Southern California Small Business & 8(a) Conference, Apr. 12, 2017 (with John Shoraka)
  • Presenter, "SBA’s New Mentor-Protégé Program for All Small Businesses, Including SDVOSBs," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 3, 2016 (with Tony Franco)
  • Presenter, "Shape Your Bidding Strategy: Five Things Every Contractor Should Know for FY 2017," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 2, 2016 (with Tony Franco)
  • Presenter, "SBA’s New Subcontracting Limitations Rules," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 2, 2016 (with Tony Franco)
  • Speaker, "Growth Strategies Through Teaming, Subcontracting and Joint Venturing," Colorado PTAC, May 19, 2016
  • Speaker, "To Protest or Not to Protest – That is the Question," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 19, 2015 (with Tony Franco)
  • Speaker, "The New SBA Mentor-Protégé Program and Joint Venture Rules," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 18, 2015 (with Tony Franco)
  • Presenter, "Legislative and Regulatory Update for Small Businesses," Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration, Mar. 11, 2015
  • Presenter, "Exiting the 8(a) Program: an Overview of Terminations, Suspensions, and Early Graduations in the Current Environment," National 8(a) Conference, Feb. 3, 2015 (with Tony Franco)
  • Presenter, "Comprehensive Joint Venture Agreements," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Dec. 9, 2014 (with Tony Franco)

Publications

Blogs

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