Partner and Co-Chair of the Federal Contracting Group, Cohen Seglias
Edward T. DesLisle is Co-Chair of the Federal Contracting Group at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of federal contracting, construction law, construction litigation and small business procurement and litigation. He has drafted and negotiated construction contracts, teaming agreements and joint venture agreements for subcontractors, contractors, developers and owners. Ed also actively monitors the progress of his client's construction projects in order to safeguard those rights and remedies to which they are entitled. He has litigated, arbitrated and mediated complex construction and procurement cases in various jurisdictions and forums throughout the area.
Ed counsels clients in all aspects of small business procurement. He has assisted clients in obtaining certification as small, and small disadvantaged, businesses at the municipal, state and federal level. He has participated in bid protests involving Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned, HUBZone and 8(a) set-aside contracts and regularly assists with responding to best-value procurements at the state and federal level. Ed also assists companies, both foreign and domestic, in international disputes involving the United States Government. He is currently representing clients in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and other areas around the world.
Ed has been a frequent lecturer and author on issues of concern to the construction and federal contracting industries. He has presented at the National 8(a) Association Conferences in Anchorage, Alaska and in Orlando, FL as well as at the AGC Federal Contractors Conference in Washington, DC. Last year, Ed spoke at AGC of America's national conference in Las Vegas, where he discussed hot topics in federal government contracts. Ed has also lectured on how to appropriately team on federal projects, the SDVOSB verification process, changes in the SBA's small business programs, effective project documentation, strategies to obtain payment on construction projects and the legal protections provided by the bond and lien laws. He has addressed the issue of teaming as part of seminars in Orlando, Florida, Savannah, Georgia and Hartford, Connecticut.
Ed is a frequent author for the Firm’s Federal Construction Contracting Blog and is a legal content contributor to both VetLikeMe andOnvia.