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Craig LaChance has 16 years of experience helping clients navigate complex regulations and litigate business, regulatory, and government contract disputes. His clients — which have ranged from the nation’s largest defense contractors to nonprofits, neighborhood businesses, and individuals — praise his ability to craft well-reasoned arguments and communicate them in a compelling way. He excels in complicated cases that involve highly technical concepts and difficult legal questions. Clients appreciate Mr. LaChance’s ability to maintain perspective and a sense of humor even in the midst of heated litigation.
Mr. LaChance has litigated a wide range of cases on behalf of government contractors and recipients of federal grants, cooperative agreements, and other government funding. He has represented clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition to bid protests, he represents clients in private disputes arising out of government contracts, and he helps government contractors navigate contract compliance issues and internal investigations.
Mr. LaChance also has extensive experience in other kinds of appellate and civil litigation. He has served as lead counsel in several appeals on behalf of businesses and individuals in commercial, personal injury, and white collar criminal appeals before both state and federal appellate courts. Additionally, Mr. LaChance has broad experience in complex commercial litigation involving contract disputes, fraud, intellectual property, securities, and antitrust.
Government Contract Litigation
Successfully defended a multi-million dollar award of a radar development contract to Northrop Grumman in a protest brought by the incumbent contractor, Raytheon, before the Government Accountability Office. (Raytheon Co., Space & Airborne Sys., B-411631, 2015 CPD ¶ 361)
Successfully defended the award of a large Air Force acquisition support contract to a small business in protest before Government Accountability Office. (Odyssey Sys. Consulting Grp. Ltd., B-412519, 2016 CPD ¶ 86)
Defended an academic publisher in a prime/subcontractor dispute involving a Department of Defense Education Administration contract.
Compliance and Internal Investigations
Investigated and advised former military officer on compliance with the Ethics in Government Act and the Procurement Integrity Act.
Advised government contractor on compliance with regulations governing the transportation of government supplies.
Investigated transaction and guided a trade association of medical professionals through the tax and business issues implicated in the sale of the association’s major asset.
Appellate and Civil Litigation
Authored amicus brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case on behalf of businesses and trade association opposed to Arizona’s controversial immigration law (Arizona v. U.S., 132 S. Ct. 2492)
Authored briefs for prevailing party in landmark Arizona Supreme Court case, which applied comparative fault principles to products liability cases. (State Farm Ins. Co. v. Premier Manufactured Sys., 72 P.3d 410)
Obtained reversal in appeal before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for plaintiff who had sued an insurance company for bad faith and abuse of process. (Grabinski. v. Nat. Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, 265 Fed.Appx 63).
Successfully represented Orkin, a national pest-control company, in an appeal alleging that pest-control companies owe customers a fiduciary duty. (Cook v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 258 P.3d 149).
Successfully represented an art dealer in federal district court, obtaining summary judgment, in a copyright infringement case. (Giddings v. Vision House Prod. Co., 548 F.Supp.2d 1222).
Application of Antitrust Law to Distributors of Electronic Books, 18 A.LR. Fed. 3d Art. 10 (2016)
Claims and Counterclaims against Creditors for Discrimination against Credit Applicant on Basis of Marital Status under Equal Credit Opportunity Act (15 U.S.C.A § 1691 et seq.), 16 A.LR. Fed. 3d Art. 9 (2016)
Major Event Litigation: Madoff Securities Fraud Litigation under the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) 15 U.S.C.A. § 78aaa et seq. 6 A.LR. Fed. 3d Art. 4 (2015)
Exceptions from Discharge in Bankruptcy for Debts Arising out of Violation of Securities Laws or Common-Law Fraud, Deceit, or Manipulation in Connection with Purchase or Sale of Securities Under 11 U.S.C.A. § 523(a)(19), 91 A.L.R. Fed. 2d 505 (2015)
Third Circuit Holds Chapter 15 Relief Extends to Assets Controlled by Australian Receivership, 32 Am Bankr. Inst. Jrnl. 50 (Nov. 2013)
Flagstaff Affordable Housing v. Design Alliance Inc. and the Dogmas of Arizona’s Economic Loss Rule, 47 Ariz. Attorney 28 (Mar. 2011)
Mr. LaChance serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also contributes as a legal writer to Thomson Reuters’ American Law Reports. Mr. LaChance is a member of the American Bar Association and active in the Public Contracts and Appellate Practice sections.