Shane is an Equity Partner atand Editor of SmallGovCon. He has run the SmallGovCon blog since taking it over from Steven Koprince. He recently published the “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook Volume 5: Procedures and Pitfalls of Size Protests and Appeals.”
Shane is here to help businesses in their quest to navigate the thicket of federal government contracting, with a focus on those issues affecting small businesses. Shane excels in drafting both transactional and litigation documents and advising clients on FAR and SBA contracting rules, skills that come in handy in solving the riddles of government contracting.
Shane has achieved positive results for clients in numerous litigation matters including bid protests before GAO; size and status protests (including SDVOSB status) before the SBA area office; size and status appeals before SBA OHA; contract administration issues with contracting officers; and claims appeals. In the transactional world associated with federal government contracts, he has worked on mentor-protégé agreements, joint venture agreements, operating agreements, subcontracts, teaming agreements, and other documents. Shane also provides insights to contractors into important compliance matters in areas such as affiliation and size standard compliance, limitations on subcontracting, and joint venture principles.
In this endeavor, he draws on his years of work with a boutique law firm specializing in debtor-creditor issues. In that position, he advised clients on small business issues, financial matters and how to run through the gauntlet of government-sanctioned review. He has litigated numerous issues of state and federal law before federal courts, with issues ranging from real property law to interpretation of loan documentation and divorce decrees.
While at the University of Kansas School of Law, Shane served on the Kansas Law Review as the Symposium Editor and was a member of the Moot Court Council. Shane also served as judicial intern for Judge Dale L. Somers of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas while in law school.
Prior to law school, Shane served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Jamaica and received a master’s degree and undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas. Shane is a fan of both Lawrence, Kansas, and the University of Kansas Jayhawks sports teams. He is such a fan of Lawrence that he came back from the sunny shores and Blue Mountains of the Caribbean to live in Lawrence. He usually spends his free time with his wife and two kids and can often be found strolling downtown Lawrence, biking, camping, or playing Pokémon.
Shane can be contacted by telephone at (785) 200-8919 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bar & Court Admissions
- Court of Federal Claims
- Missouri (inactive)
- J.D., The University of Kansas School of Law
- M.A., The University of Kansas
- B.A., The University of Kansas
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Kansas Bar Association
- Douglas County Bar Association
- “The Need for GovCon Accounting Advisors”, Panelist, 2021 GovCon Accounting Summit
- “Preparing for Growth”, Panelist & Speaker, Foundation Women Veterans Business Bootcamp 2021
- “Mentor Protégé”, Presenter, 2021 The Catalyst Virtual Workshop
- “Affiliations”, Presenter, 2021 The Catalyst Virtual Workshop
- “Teaming Agreements”, Panelist, Johnson County Community College, 2021 Virtual Encountering Innovation Conference
- “Past Performance in Government Contracting” , Co-Presenter, 2021 Govology Webinar
- “Understanding and Complying with the Non-Manufacturer Rule, Co-Presenter, 2021 Govology Webinar
- “Communicating with Government Contracting Officials: What Can (and Should) Contractors Really Say and Do?” Hawaii PTAC Webcast 2021
- “8(a) Training #1: What Every Government Contractor Should Know!” Panelist, 2021
- “Government Contracts Legal Update 2021.” Presenter. UTSA PTAC Training.
- “Understanding and Obtaining HUBZone Certification.” Co-Presenter. Govology Webinar, 2021
- “Education Committee: SBA and DoD MPPs”, Presenter, 2021 Skunkworks for Competitive Intelligence Innovation in Federal Contracting
- “Ethics in Government Contracting; What Contractors Need to Know”, Co-Presenter, 2021 Govology Webinar
- “Woman owned/Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business Contracting Program (WOSB/ED-WOSB)”, Co-Presenter, 2021 SBA Webinar
- “Unpacking SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Consolidation.” APTAC Spring 2021 Training Conference.
- “Joining Forces for Business Success – Joint Ventures and Partnerships.” Presenter. My Business Journey (MBJ) Series, 2021
- “Communicating with Government Contracting Officials: What Can (and Should) Contractors Really Say and Do?” Co-Presenter. Govology Webinar, 2021
- “SBA: 8(a) Joint Ventures.” 2021 Koprince Law LLC Webinar, 2021
- “The Supreme Court’s Kingdomware SDVOSB Decision: Five Years Later”, Panelist, 2021 Govology Webinar
- “10 Things Every Small Business Should Know About Federal Contracting Law 2020” AFCEA South Florida Presentation
- “Government Contracts Legal Update 2020” The University of Texas San Antonio PTAC Webinar 2020
- “Size Protests: How to Avoid, Bring, and Defend.” 2020 Koprince Law LLC Webinar.
- “Current Issues in Government Contracting.” Congresswoman Hartzler’s Procurement Conference, Warrensburg, MO.
- “Game Changer: An Update on the SBA’s Universal Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program.” Co-Presenter. Govology Webinar.
- GAO Affirms SBA Rule: Only Joint Venture Members, not the JV, Need Facility Clearance, SmallGovCon 2021
- Five Things You Should Know: NAICS Code Appeals, SmallGovCon 2021
- FAR Update: Good Faith in Small Business Subcontracting, SmallGovCon 2021
- CIO-SP4 Amendment 11 Removes a Small Business Requirement, SmallGovCon 2021
- CIO-SP4: Large Mentors Now Get More Credit, SmallGovCon 2021
- COFC Confirms SBA Interpretation of Runway Extension Act, SmallGovCon 2021
- CIO-SP4: Is it Limiting Mentor Experience Too Much?, SmallGovCon 2021
- Five Things You Should Know: GAO Bid Protest Interventions, SmallGovCon 2021
- New HUBZone Program Guidance Sheds Light on Principal Office Long-Term Investment Rules, SmallGovCon 2021
- COFC Examines Small Business Size Recertification After Merger or Sale, SmallGovCon 2021
- Alert: SBA Will Freeze HUBZone Maps Until June 30, 2023, SmallGov on 2021
- Five Things You Should Know: Responding to Size Protests, SmallGovCon 2021
- Are You a Small Business Being Acquired by a Large Business? Check Your Pending Bids, SmallGovCon 2021
- SBA’s Plans For New Rules in 2021 and Beyond, SmallGovCon 2021
- OHA to Area Office: Prime-Subcontractor Teams are Different than Joint Ventures for Size Purposes, SmallGovCon 2021
- Koprince Law Discusses Teaming for Federal Contractors on Contracting Officer Podcast, SmallGovCon 2021
- SBA Answers Questions on 8(a) Program Extension, SmallGovCon 2021
- Update: FAR Final Rule Puts Limits on LPTA Procurements, SmallGovCon 2021
- GAO: Small Business Rule of Two Doesn’t Require Set-Aside for Task Order, SmallGovCon 2021
- 2020 Rewind: The Year’s Biggest Government Contracting News Affecting Small Businesses, SmallGovCon 2021
- Update: SBA Issues 8(a) Program Term Extension Rule, SmallGovCon 2021
- 8(a) Term Extension Questions and Details, SmallGovCon 2020
- IHS (Finally) Proposes Stronger Rules for Buy Indian Act, SmallGovCon 2020
- Congress to Extend 8(a) Terms by One Year, SmallGovCon 2020
- OHA: Multiple Service-Disabled Veterans Control Company, Despite Internal Dispute, SmallGovCon 2020
- SBA Proposes Increasing Size Standards in Professional, Management, and Administrative Industries, SmallGovCon 2020
- SBA Eases Lifetime Limit on Mentors, SmallGovCon 2020
- SBA Confirms Mentor can Own 40% of Protégé and Get 60% of Joint Venture Workshare, SmallGovCon 2020
- SBA Rule Tamps Down Joint Venture Unequivocal Control Requirement, SmallGovCon 2020
- SBA Requires Consideration of Some Subcontractors’ Capabilities, Experience & Past Performance, SmallGovCon 2020
- Alert: SBA Issues Final Rule on Consolidation of Mentor-Protégé Programs and Other Contracting Rules, SmallGovCon 2020
- DoD CMMC Requirements Begin Rollout November 30, SmallGovCon 2020
- GAO Not Buying Agency’s Proposed Online Marketplace Solicitation, SmallGovCon 2020
- AFCEA Small Business Talk September 29, SmallGovCon 2020
- GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Over-Reported Small Business Contracts by $89 Million, SmallGovCon 2020
- In VA Tiered Evaluation, Small Business Couldn’t Protest SDVOSB Discussions, SmallGovCon 2020
- SBA Issues 2019 Small Business Scorecard, Small Business Contracting Over $130 Billion!, SmallGovCon 2020
- Strings Attached? Don’t Put Conditions on SDVOSB Ownership, Cautions OHA, SmallGovCon 2020
- OHA: Second Job Leads to 8(a) Program Termination, SmallGovCon 2020
- Newsflash: 8(a) Income and Net Worth Eligibility Standards Increased, SmallGovCOn 2020
- FAR Final Rule: Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds, SmallGovCon 2020
- Joint Ventures: Is “Unequivocal Control” Required?, SmallGovCon 2020
- “Procedures and Pitfalls of Size Protests and Appeals: Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook Volume 5.” Amazon, 2020.
- “Paycheck Protection Program: Is it Helping Small Businesses?” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “DOD: Sole-Source Contracts up to $100 Million Don’t Need Justification.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “DoD SDVOSB Contracts: OIG Reports Major Problems.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “VA Simplifies SDVOSB Reverification Process.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “GAO Upholds Agency’s Cancellation of LPTA Procurement with only One Acceptable Offer.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “Don’t Forget to Submit Invoices on Time, Says ASBCA.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “SBA Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “GAO Highlights SBA Oversight Issues with WOSB Certification and Lack of Use of WOSB Set-Asides.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “VA CVE, Under New Rules, Closely Examining Franchise and Similar Agreements.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “How to Comply with the Rules on Ownership Changes and Maintain the Business’ Socioeconomic Status and Contracts.” Contract Management Magazine, 2019.
- “SDVOSB Regulations Reveal Typo in Exceptions to Ownership Conditions.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “2018 NDAA: Changes to the HUBZone Program.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “COFC: False Information in SDVOSB Application Proper Grounds for VA Removal.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “Recent SBA OHA Decision Offers NAICS Code Appeal Guidance.” SmallGovCon, 2018.
- “NAICS Code Appeals: Infrequent, but Often Successful.” SmallGovCon, 2018.
- “‘Using’ an Affiliate’s Past Performance: GAO Explains the Test.” SmallGovCon, 2018.
Recent YouTube Videos
- “CMMC: Cybersecurity, Trust but Verify Edition.” YouTube, 2020.
- “SAM.Gov, Beta.SAM.Gov, SAM I Am? Sorting Out the Changes in the System for Award Management.” YouTube, 2019.
- “Why Should You File Bid Protests at GAO?” YouTube, 2019.
- “2018 GAO Bid Protest Report Shows 44% Success Rate, With Little Change Compare to Prior Years.” YouTube, 2019.
- “At CBCA, Small Claims Procedure Nets Winning Claim for Extra Work.” YouTube, 2018.
- Successfully protested evaluation of award at GAO based on failure to properly analyze subcontractor and prime contractor responsibility for past performance and evaluation of contractor qualifications issues.
- Enforced SDVOSB rule-of two for VA procurements via GAO bid protests and letters to contracting officers.
- Defended against bid protest in connection with EPA software services procurement.
- Garnered a corrective action after protesting that an agency must refer matters regarding small-business contractor responsibility to the SBA for a certificate of competency.
- Successfully argued that an agency must maintain its follow-on or renewable procurements under set-aside programs under the “Once 8(a) Always 8(a) Rule”; the agency took corrective action.
- Successfully responded to SBA area office size protests alleging identity of interest affiliation under familial connections and ostensible subcontractor theory.
- Successfully challenged size of awardee under nonmanufacturer rule.
- Defended against SBA OHA CVE protests of SDVOSB status.
- Defended OHA Appeals, including analysis of issues such as ostensible subcontractor affiliation under the primary and vital and unusually reliant tests.
- Drafted joint venture agreements to assist small business concerns in qualifying for certain set-aside contracts for which they cannot qualify on their own.
- Revised LLC operating agreements to ensure compliance with control, negative control unanimity requirements, and affiliation issues under SBA regulations.
- Reviewed reseller agreements to ensure compliance with applicable limitations on subcontracting and the nonmanufacturer rule.
- Reviewed ownership interest purchase agreements to address issues of potential affiliation between buyer and seller.
- Prepared memoranda to advise clients in the following set-aside areas: SDVOSB, 8(a), HUBZone, cost principles, limitation on subcontracting, and affiliation.
- Assisted in review of All-Small Mentor Protégé Agreements to better meet SBA’s goals in light of mentor and protégé assistance and needs.
- Achieved corrective action in agency protest based on failure to evaluate compliance with limitations on subcontracting.
- Prepared analysis of HUBZone clear line of fracture rules for whether to count affiliate employees.
- Analyzed retroactive nature of HUBZone rules covering employees who move out of HUBZones.
- Assisted client in analyzing 8(a) Program certification in light of connection with past program participant.