Government Contracts Attorney Steven Koprince

Steven Koprince is a partner with Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, LLP in Lawrence, KS, with a practice focusing on federal government contracts and small business law.

Steven has successfully represented small government contractors in GAO bid protests, SBA OHA size protests and appeals, 8(a) and service-disabled veteran-owned small business eligibility challenges, and many other government contracting matters. In addition to helping small businesses resolve legal disputes, Steven helps clients address compliance issues arising under the FAR, SBA size and affiliation regulations, and others laws.

Steven is the author of The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts (AMACOM Books, 2012), and has published a number of articles on government contracting, which have appeared in leading legal and industry publications. Steven has spoken to audiences across the country on government contracting and small business matters, and blogs regularly on similar topics at SmallGovCon (  Steven has discussed federal government contracting issues on Federal News Radio, and has been quoted in publications such as the Washington PostLaw360Federal Computer Week, and others.

Prior to joining Petefish, Steven practiced government contracts law in and around Washington, DC. Steven, a graduate of Duke University and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, is a member of the District of Columbia, Kansas and Virginia Bars.

When he is not practicing law, Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, travel, and reading a good legal thriller. He is an avid fan of the Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks basketball teams (and sees nothing inconsistent with cheering for both), and holds out hope that his Chicago Cubs will one day return to the World Series.

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • District of Columbia


  • J.D., College of William & Mary
  • B.A., Duke University


  • “Government Contracts Legal Update 2014.”  Mid-America Government Industry Coalition, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • “Government Contracts Legal Update 2014.”  Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium, Moline, IL.
  • “Communicating With Government Contracting Officials.”  Kansas PTAC/SBDC, Wichita, KS.
  • “Government Contracts Legal Update 2014 (and Breakfast Keynote).  Alliance Northwest Procurement Conference, Puyallup, WA.
  • “Ethics in Government Contracting”  Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers National Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • “The Legal Benefits and Pitfalls of Teaming.”  Fort Bliss Regional Contracting Industry Day, Fort Bliss, TX.
  • “Joint Ventures vs. Prime/Sub Teaming.” 10th Annual Veterans Economic & Business Development Summit, Riverside, CA.
  • “Legal Aspects of Teaming and Joint Venturing.”  Powering Up! Small Business Teams, Portland, OR & Seattle, WA.
  • “The NDAA and Beyond: 2013 GovCon Legal Update.”  Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium, Moline, IL.
  • “Prime/Subcontractor Teaming for Small Businesses.”  Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium, Moline, IL.
  • “The NDAA and Beyond: Recent Legal Developments in Government Contracting.”  Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers National Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Federal Mentor-Protege Programs: A Bird’s Eye View.”  Region 6 Town Hall, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • “Best Practices for Remaining HUBZone Compliant.”  National HUBZone Conference, Washington, DC.
  • “SDVOSB Joint Venturing, Teaming, and Subcontracting.”  7th Annual Veterans Business Conference, El Paso, TX.
  • “Complying with Key Federal Rules & Regulations.”  American Legion National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • “Joint Venturing, Teaming and Subcontracting on Federal Government Contracts.”  NC SBTDC Seminar, Charlotte, NC & Greensboro, NC.
  • “The Concept of Responsibility in Federal Government Contracting.” Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Spring Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • “Go, Team! Creating Compliant Prime/Subcontracting Teams on Small Business Set-Aside Procurements.” Industry Day, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • “The Ins and Outs of Joint Venture Agreements.” DoD Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, Annapolis, MD.
  • “The HUBZone Program: Six Myths Debunked.” DoD Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, Annapolis, MD.
  • “Government Contracts Legal Update: What’s New, What’s on the Horizon, and What It Means for Your Small Business.” Idaho Business Opportunity Conference, Boise, ID.
  • “Joint Venturing, Teaming and Subcontracting” Midwest Small Business Procurement Symposium, Moline, IL.
  • “Are You a Small, Women-Owned, 8(a)/SDB, SDVO or HUBZone Firm? Prepare for Change in 2011.” Alliance Northwest Procurement Conference, Puyallup, WA.
  • “Ethics in Government Contracting.” NCMA, Central Virginia Chapter.


  • “New Mentor-Protege Programs a ‘Priority’ for SBA.”  Set-Aside Alert, 2014.
  • “Small Government Contractors: 2012 Legal Year in Review.”  The Procurement Lawyer, 2013.
  • The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts. AMACOM Books, 2012.
  • “Go, Team! Creating Compliant Prime/Subcontractor Teams on Small Business Set-Aside Contracts.” Contract Management Magazine, 2011.
  • “The HUBZone Program: Six Myths Debunked.” Set-Aside Alert, 2011.
  • “Restrictions on Gifts to Federal Employees from Government Contractors.”, 2011.
  • “Staying Small and SBA’s New Size Standards.” Set-Aside Alert, 2011.
  • “SBA Small Business Size Protests: How to Prepare and File.”, 2011.
  • “Federal Small Business Contract Eligibility: Is Your Business ‘Small’?”, 2011.
  • “Past Performance: Three Ways for New Businesses to Improve Their Scores.” Set-Aside Alert, 2009. Reprinted by the Naval Sea Systems Command’s small business office.
  • “As Agencies’ Use of IDIQ Contracts Expands, Will Increased Contractor Protest Rights Follow?” The Procurement Lawyer, 2009.
  • “Beating Rich: Three Ways to Recover Attorneys’ Fees Under the Miller Act.” The Federal Lawyer, 2009. Republished in The Clause, the quarterly publication of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association.
  • “Bonding Assistance for Construction Contracts: The Affiliation Problem.” Set-Aside Alert, 2009.
  • The Slow Erosion of Suretyship Principles: An Uncertain Future for Pay-When-Paid and Pay-if-Paid Clauses in Public Construction Subcontracts.” Public Contract Law Journal, 2008. Cited by the Court of Appeals of Ohio in JJO Construction, Inc. v. Penrod, No. 93230 (Ohio Ct. App. 2010).
  • “Fighting Back: Contractors Can Use Tort Law to Challenge Claims of Fraud, Deceit, and Dishonesty.” Construction Risk Report, 2008.
  • “Is Your Pay When Paid Clause Worthless?” Constructor Magazine, 2008.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court
  • National Contract Management Association
  • The Procurement Lawyer – Associate Editor
  • Lawrence (KS) Traffic Safety Commission
  • Lawrence (KS) Community Development Advisory Committee
  • Lawrence (KS) Chamber of Commerce