Please join the Federal Real Property Association (FRPA) on December 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. EST for our evening event featuring a Legal Year in Review at the Holland & Knight office in Washington DC.
Following the event, FRPA will hold a Holiday Networking Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m. EST at BLT Steak (1625 I Street N.W., Washington, DC 20006) near the Holland & Knight office. FRPA members will receive a complimentary first drink!
2016 was a busy year for landlords who lease space to the federal government, as U.S. Government agencies and federal courts have made substantial changes to the law and policy governing federal leasing. GSA has made a number of changes to its internal policies and leasing forms. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims set aside a lease award following a bid protest, despite the lack of a termination for convenience clause. For the first time in decades, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a bid protest case, a decision which may impact the government leasing world. Government agencies continue to impose ever-stricter environmental obligations on lessors, and continue to offset rents when they feel the lessors owe them money.
Join Holland & Knight LLP and the FRPA to learn more about the changes in federal leasing law and policy that will affect government lessors. Holland & Knight’s Year in Review for Federal Real Estate will address some of the most important recent developments in federal leasing, to include:
- Changes to GSA leasing policies, procedures, and forms
- Court Decisions affecting bid protests of lease awards
- Recent developments in small business set asides
- Environmental regulations of government leases
- Rental offsets and lessors' rights to appeal
- Outlook for 2017
When: December 5, 2016 from 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. EST
Where: Holland & Knight, 800 17th Street N.W, Washington, DC 20006
Robert C. MacKichan, Jr. is the head of Holland & Knight’s GSA Leasing and Federal Real Estate Practice, and the former General Counsel of the General Services Administration, where he was responsible for overseeing federal leasing policy and administration on behalf of the GSA. Bob has decades of experience in litigation, government contracts, real estate and public policy issues associated with federal government real estate. Clients call on him for his substantive knowledge and extensive relationships in D.C. to handle government real estate disputes, government contract concerns, government lease procurement and administration, real estate acquisition and disposition, and government construction and administration. In addition, he advises clients on holdovers and condemnations, the competitive procurement process and disputes under the Contract Disputes Act. Bob has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America guide as a leader in real estate litigation and law for the past 10 years (2008 – 2017).
Gordon Griffin is an associate in Holland & Knight’s GSA Leasing and Federal Real Estate Practice. Gordon has years of experience in litigating claims and lease disputes at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Boards of Contract Appeals, as well as bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims. Gordon represents building owners, real estate developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and asset managers nationwide in matters relating to GSA lease negotiation and administration, in addition to federal real estate disputes. Gordon also works with government contractors, and he regularly counsels clients on federal acquisition regulations (FAR), defense federal acquisition regulations (DFAR) and government contract compliance. Before becoming an attorney, Gordon spent 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot flying F/A-18 “Hornets,” and his pro bono practice is focused on representing veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Bob and Gordon have recently authored a guide to Federal Government Real Estate Leasing, published by LexisNexis. The 2016 Federal Government Real Estate Leasing Guide provides an overview of lease formation and performance, from federal leasing policy to the elements of a government lease, to addressing disputes in lease administration. It also includes recent developments on government lease administration, new rules and templates, and discussions of some of the more important U.S. Court of Federal Claims decisions addressing federal leasing.