Tim Heffernan’s practice concentrates on construction, government contracts, compliance, suretyship law and litigation on a national and international level. He has been a member of Watt Tieder’s Board of Directors since 2011 and has been an integral part of the management of the firm and its growth in various sectors of the United States.
For over 30 years, Tim has assisted government contractors in competing for, profitably performing, and successfully completing supply, services and construction contracts; in preparing, litigating, and resolving claims; and in facing the potential for audit, procurement integrity, and compliance issues. Tim’s broad range of experience in government contracts also includes bid protests, protecting intellectual property rights of Government contractors, cost and accounting issues, internal investigations, teaming agreements, prime/subcontractor disputes, small business matters, False Claims Act litigation, as well as suspension and debarment proceedings. Tim has extensive experience at the United States Court of Federal Claims. He has written and lectured extensively on various subjects relating to the federal procurement process.
Tim also concentrates his practice on the preparation, defense and litigation of major construction cases, including both national and international projects on behalf of large construction companies and engineering firms in the energy, infrastructure and transportation industries. He regularly practices before arbitration tribunals including panels constituted by the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce. Tim also represents the largest sureties in the country in handling payment and performance bond disputes for both private and public contracts, including defending default terminations and prosecuting affirmative claims.
Before joining Watt Tieder in 1994, Tim practiced at a government contracts boutique firm in Washington, D.C. Between 1987 and 1994, he also practiced federal legislative and administrative law and represented clients before Congress and various governmental administrative agencies. In November 1990, he was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General of the State of Illinois by the Illinois Attorney General to represent the Illinois Commerce Commission in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
From 1983-84, before practicing law, Tim served as Special Assistant to former United States Senator Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), former Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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