Tony Franco is a senior partner with over 30 years of legal experience representing clients on business, corporate and government contracting matters. He oversees the Government Contracts Group, covering all aspects of federal government contracting, while working with the Business and Corporate Law Group on transactions in the highly regulated government contracting market.

Mr. Franco represents clients on a wide range of legal and complex regulatory matters, including (i) protests and claims against the federal government; (ii) commercial and contractual disputes; (iii) investigations and compliance audits; (iv) suspension and debarment proceedings; and (v) entity formation, including joint ventures, operating agreements and shareholder agreements.

Mr. Franco primarily focuses on representing government contractors interested in pursuing set aside opportunities under the small business, 8(a), HUBZone, SDV and WOSB programs. In representing these firms or their teaming partners, Mr. Franco provides guidance on how to team, joint venture and position their company to successfully defend awards from size, status, and bid protests. His practice extends to assisting firms with compliance with the FAR and rules applicable to all small business contracting programs. Mr. Franco’s practice also encompasses the representation of Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, including their government contracting subsidiaries.

Mr. Franco represents entrepreneurs in negotiations with potential equity partners seeking to structure transactions in a highly regulated market.  Working closely with a client’s management team, or their in-house or outside counsel, Mr. Franco offers a unique and nuanced perspective based upon his many years of experience.


Fluent in Spanish


  • Georgetown University Law School, J.D., 1986
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1983, cum laude
  • University of Madrid, Junior Year Abroad Honors Program, 1982


Representative Experience

  • Represents firms of all sizes looking to structure business and teaming arrangements, joint ventures, mentor protégé agreements and other contractual relations to compete on small business and related set-asides
  • Represents contractors in bid protests before the Court of Federal Claims, GAO and procuring agencies and size protests before the SBA
  • Represents clients in suspension and debarment proceedings and the development of compliance programs
  • Handles internal investigations and voluntary and mandatory disclosures
  • Assists in-house and outside counsel who need help representing their clients in navigating the complex, highly regulated government contracting market
  • Assists in the negotiation and preparation of shareholders agreements, operating agreements and partnership arrangements to qualify under different set-aside programs
  • Assists contractors with equitable adjustment claims, disputes, and appeals
  • Works closely with the firm’s Corporate Practice Group to structure transactions to facilitate the acquisition of government contractors from the due diligence stage through the contract novation process

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Franco is a frequent speaker on various aspects of federal contracting issues:

  • Webinar Presenter, "Strategies for Growth After Graduation: The End of the Line?" National 8(a) Association Webinar Series, Apr. 17, 2019
  • Webinar Presenter, "SBA Proposes Significant Changes to Small Business Procurement: Will You Be Impacted?" Jan. 16, 2019; also Veteran Institute for Procurement, Feb. 21, 2019 (with Sam Finnerty)
  • Webinar Presenter, "Understanding OCI Mitigation Plans," Nov. 7, 2018 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • Presenter, "Size (Re)Certifications: Tripwires for Small Businesses," Federal Small Business Conference for the A/E/C Industry, Nov. 2, 2018 (with Peter Ford)
  • Presenter, "Update on Legal Developments for Small Business Contractors," SEBAC Speaker Session at the Federal Small Business Conference, Nov. 1, 2018 (with Megan Connor)
  • Webinar Presenter, "Strategies for Teaming Partners," National 8(a) Webinar Series Powered by TargetGov, Jul. 24, 2018
  • Panelist, "The SBA 8(a) Program A-Z the Legal Details," National 8(a) Association Small Business Conference, Jan. 31, 2018
  • Speaker, "Women-Owned Small Business Luncheon," SAME Federall Small Business Conference for the Architecture, Engiineering, and Contstruction Industry, Nov. 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "The DOT’s DBE Program & Special Rules for Tribes," NACA’s Federal Contracting Policy & Advocacy Conference, Nov. 6, 2017 (with Jackie Unger)
  • Webinar Presenter, "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense – Proactive Preparation for Size Protests." Jul. 26, 2017 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • Presenter, "M&A Considerations For Government Contractors," Jun. 20, 2017 (with Kimi Murakami and Ginny Heine of Xenith Bank)
  • Webinar Presenter, "Taking Advantage of the DBE Program in Today’s Environment." May 24, 2017 (with Jackie Unger)
  • Presenter, "Developments Impacting Small Businesses in 2017." Centre Law Annual Review, Mar. 2, 2017 and Mar. 23, 2017 (with John Shoraka)
  • Panelist, "8(a) Program: How to Maximize Success (Before, During and After)" National RES Conference, Mar. 14, 2017
  • Webinar presenter, "Five Things All Veteran Owned Businesses Need to Know for 2017," Jan. 26, 2017 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • Presenter, "Shape Your Bidding Strategy: Five Things Every Contractor Should Know for FY 2017," Society of Military Engineers, Small Business Conference, Nov. 17, 2016 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • Presenter, "SBA’s New Mentor-Protégé Program for All Small Businesses, Including SDVOSBs," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 3, 2016 (with Peter Ford)
  • Presenter, "Shape Your Bidding Strategy: Five Things Every Contractor Should Know for FY 2017," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 2, 2016 (with Peter Ford)
  • Presenter, "SBA’s New Subcontracting Limitations Rules," National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Nov. 2, 2016 (with Peter Ford)
  • Webinar presenter, "SBA's 8(a) Annual Reporting Requirements," Oct. 5, 2016 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • Webinar presenter, "Understanding SBA's New Government-Wide Small Business Mentor-Protege Program," Aug. 23, 2016 (with Katie Flood)
  • Presenter, "The Most Important Legal and Accounting Issues Joint Venturers Need to Consider," National 8(a) Association 2016 Summer Conference, Jun. 15, 2016 (with Bill Walter, Dixon Hughes Goodman)
  • Presenter, "ChallengeHER, The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program," for Women Impacting Public Policy at the National 8(a) Association 2016 Summer Conference, Jun. 14, 2016
  • Webinar presenter, "Do's and Don'ts for Teaming Agreements & Subcontracts for 8(a) Contracts," Mar. 16 2016 (with Michelle Litteken)



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