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 Center, 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


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