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Tyler Evans has experience working closely with clients to resolve complex U.S. Government contracting issues in a broad range of industries, with a focus on life sciences and defense.

Mr. Evans’s practice covers multiple subject-matter areas, including research and development, non-traditional contracting, intellectual property, contract negotiations, flow-down requirements, small business issues, sourcing restrictions, costs, and compliance.

Mr. Evans’s practice also regularly involves multiple forms of agreements, extending from procurement contracts and grants to cooperative research and development, other transaction authority, licensing, and clinical trial agreements.

Research and Development Contracting

  • Assisted multiple clients with contract negotiations and ongoing performance considerations relating to work with the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Energy, and Defense in connection with the promotion of public and military health and countermeasures for significant threats like Ebola, Zika, MERS-CoV, Smallpox, pandemic influenza, and radiation events.
  • Negotiated multiple cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) and other transaction authority agreements (OTAs) with various federal agencies and contractor-operated laboratories.
  • Assisted small companies both in and outside the United States in negotiating and performing research and development contracts with various U.S. Government agencies relating to diagnostics and countermeasure resistance.

Intellectual Property Issues

  • Advised numerous companies on intellectual property rights and requirements imposed under the Bayh-Dole Act and similar frameworks in connection with domestic manufacturing, background rights, march-in proceedings, patent infringement, and public disclosures.
  • Advised major defense contractor on data rights, invention, trade secret, and Small Business Innovation Research issues relating to a contract dispute and investigation.

Comprehensive Assistance in Transactional Work Involving U.S. Government Contracts

  • Advised major pharmaceutical company in the sale of multiple businesses involving significant U.S. Government contracts on issues relating to novation, subcontracting, secondment, intellectual property, and reimbursement of costs.

Small Business Issues

  • Successfully represented multiple defense contractors in size protest and NAICS appeals before the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Successfully represented a small life sciences company in fee waiver proceedings before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Other Representative Matters

  • Advised multiple Federal Supply Schedule contractors on establishing internal compliance policies and procedures.
  • Advised a major pharmaceutical company on the classification of a product as a drug or a device in connection with pricing limitations established by the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992.
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in litigation relating to prescription drug purchases from the Federal Supply Schedule.
  • Represented service contractor in a subcontract dispute with small business concern involving work allocation under a contract with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Advised multiple U.S. Government contractors and grant recipients on issues relating to cost and price, including allowability of bid and proposal costs, allowability of costs incurred in connection with size determinations, establishment of indirect cost rates, price negotiation requirements relating to sole-source subawards involving commercial items, paid-cost invoicing, and requirements relating to certified cost or pricing data.
  • Advised multiple U.S. Government contractors on drafting, negotiating, and complying with small business subcontracting plans established under contracts with various federal agencies.
  • Assisted multiple U.S. Government contractors with small business affiliation analyses, as well as assessments of various forms of small business set-asides and acquisitions under the 8(a) Business Development Program.
  • Advised multiple U.S. Government contractors on domestic sourcing restrictions and performance requirements under federal and state grants, contracts, and leases.
  • Advised U.S. Government contractor on multiple solicitations issued by the U.S. Department of Defense involving energy generation systems using photovoltaic devices.
  • Assisted multiple U.S. Government contractors with establishing internal compliance policies relating to gift restrictions and limitations on promotional activities.
  • Provided public policy and regulatory advice to a participant in the AbilityOne procurement program.


Pro Bono

  • Advised pass-through entity on issuing subagreements under grants and cooperative agreements with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Assisted multiple non-profit entities with organizational restructuring and analyses of small business requirements.
  • Represented a public interest group in a payment dispute with a local government.
  • Named to the Super Lawyers 2019 Washington DC Rising Stars List.