Scott M. Heimberg represents companies in government procurement and transportation issues and domestic and international contracts. Mr. Heimberg’s experience includes federal contract formation and administration, as well as contract disputes litigation, including litigation of construction claims. He has successfully resolved, through litigation or settlement, numerous construction claims.

Practice & Background

Mr. Heimberg frequently represents technology and start-up companies seeking to identify potential government markets and evaluate the benefits and liabilities associated with selling to the government. In addition, he counsels clients on issues of fraud, waste and abuse, including suspension and debarment matters. He has successfully defended Fortune 500 technology and healthcare companies, as well as construction companies against civil False Claims Act actions. He also regularly represents government contractors involved in mergers and acquisitions with foreign entities, advising on the CFIUS process and obtaining and maintaining security clearances.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Heimberg was an attorney-advisor to the Honorable E.P. Snyder, chief administrative judge, Board of Contract Appeals, U.S. Department of Transportation, from 1985 to 1987.

Mr. Heimberg was a member of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Public Contract Law and the Section’s Committee on Privatization and Outsourcing, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association and the National Contracts Management Association. Mr. Heimberg is also a member of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

Representative Matters

Mr. Heimberg’s recent engagements include:

  • successfully resolving with the Defense Security Service foreign ownership, control and influence issues on behalf of investment funds acquiring government contractors in the US
  • advising technology and energy clients on compliance with Department of Energy-funded agreements loan and cooperative agreements and Department of Defense renewable energy initiatives
  • successfully defending an owner against a claim for more than $100 million arising out of a termination for default of a construction contract
  • negotiating a favorable settlement on behalf of a general contractor on its claims arising out of a Corps of Engineers contract in Qatar
  • negotiating a favorable settlement on behalf of a government subcontractor performing work in Iraq after filing suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • advising Fortune 500 technology companies on Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act requirements in federal contracts and Buy America requirements on U.S. Department of Transportation-funded contracts.

Awards & Accolades

  • recognized by Super Lawyers in the government contracts practice area (2013 and 2014)
  • recognized by Chambers USA in nationwide government contracts (2014-2017)
  • recommended by The Legal 500 US (2017)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Heimberg frequently conducts seminars for clients on compliance matters.