Steven Koprince

Steven Koprince is Managing Partner at Koprince Law LLC in Lawrence, KS, with a practice focusing on federal government contracts 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 (smallgovcon.com).  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 starting his own firm, Steven was partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, LLP in Lawrence, KS focusing on federal government contracts and small business law. Before moving to Kansas, 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 and Kansas 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 is still amazed his Chicago Cubs finally broke their 108 year World Series drought.

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • District of Columbia

Education

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

Speaking

  • “Two Is Better Than One: JVs, MPs, and Teaming Agreements.” National 8(a) Conference, Orlando, FL
  • “The Ins and Outs of the Nonmanufacturer Rule.” NVSBE 2016, Minneapolis, MN
  • “SDVOSB Joint Ventures: A Legal Primer.” NVSBE 2016, Minneapolis, MN
  • “SBA Size and Socioeconomic Programs: Myths vs. Realities.” NVSBE 2016, Minneapolis, MN
  • “Effective and Compliant Teaming Agreements.” NVSBE 2016, Minneapolis, MN
  • “SBA Size and Socioeconomic Programs: Myths vs. Realities.” Meet the Buyers Government Contracting Conference, Omaha, NE
  • “Myth vs. Reality: SBA Size & Socioeconomic Programs.”  APTAC Spring Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • “Government Contracts: Key Labor & Employment Rules.”  Kansas PTAC, Overland Park, KS.
  • “The Buy Indian Act: 106 Years (And Counting) of Frustration.” Govology Webinar Series.
  • “SDVOSB JVs, Teaming & Subcontracting.”  National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “The Ins and Outs of the Nonmanufacturer Rule.”  National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “The SBA’s Proposed New “Universal” Mentor-Protege Program.”  National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “The NDAA, SBA’s Proposed Regulations, and Beyond.”  Utah PTAC Procurement Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • “Recent Developments in Government Contracting.”  Indian Country Business Summit, Norman, OK.
  • “Commercial Acquisitions vs. Negotiated Procurements.”  Kansas PTAC Event, Wichita, KS & Overland Park, KS.
  • “The SBA’s Proposed New ‘Universal’ Mentor-Protege Program.”  Federal Contracting: The Next Level Conference, Glen Ellyn, IL.
  • “The NDAA, SBA’s Proposed Regulations, and Beyond.”  APTAC Spring Conference, Denver, CO.
  • “SBA Procurement Regulations: Big Changes are Coming.”  Alliance Northwest Procurement Symposium, Puyallup, WA.
  • “GAO Bid Protests.”  National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Teaming & Joint Venturing on Federal Set-Aside Contracts.”  Holloman AFB Industry Day, Alamogordo, NM.
  • “Communicating With Government Contracting Officials.”  Holloman AFB Industry Day, Alamogordo, NM.
  • “GAO Bid Protests.”  Navy Gold Coast Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • “Joint Venturing & Teaming on HUBZone Contracts.”  National HUBZone Conference, Dulles, VA.
  • “Prime/Subcontractor Teaming Agreements.”  Indian Country Business Summit, Norman, OK.
  • “Government Contracts Legal Update 2014.”  18th Annual Government Procurement Conference, Arlington, TX.
  • “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 & Overland Park, 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.

Publications

  • “Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States.”  ABA Preview Magazine, 2016.
  • “Kingdomware Gets Its Day In Court: Inside the Oral Arguments.”  Law360.com, 2016.
  • “VA Floats Vet-Owned Contractor Program Changes.”  Law360.com, 2016.
  • “Women-Owned Small Business Program Growing Pains.”  Contract Management Magazine, 2015.
  • “The Buy Indian Act: 105 Years (and Counting) of Frustration.”  Law360.com, 2015.
  • “Will the Supreme Court Put ‘Veterans First’ in the Kingdomware Case?”  Law360.com, 2015.
  • “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.
  • “Little-Known Compliance Issues in SDVOSB Joint Ventures.”  Law360.com, 2012.
  • “The Ins and Outs of Filing Size Protests with the Small Business Administration.”  Federal Lawyer Magazine, 2011.
  • “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.” Nolo.com, 2011.
  • “Staying Small and SBA’s New Size Standards.” Set-Aside Alert, 2011.
  • “SBA Small Business Size Protests: How to Prepare and File.” Nolo.com, 2011.
  • “Federal Small Business Contract Eligibility: Is Your Business ‘Small’?” Nolo.com, 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
    • Public Contract Law Section
    • Associate Editor – The Procurement Lawyer
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • National Contract Management Association
  • Lawrence (KS) Traffic Safety Commission
  • Lawrence (KS) Community Development Advisory Committee
  • Lawrence (KS) Chamber of Commerce
    • Leadership Lawrence Class of 2015