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Mike Wagner
Mike Wagner
Washington +1 202 662 5496 mwagner@cov.com Download V-card

Mike Wagner helps government contractors navigate high-stakes enforcement matters and complex regulatory regimes.

Combining deep regulatory knowledge with extensive investigations experience, Mr. Wagner works closely with contractors across a range of industries to achieve the efficient resolution of regulatory enforcement actions and government investigations, including False Claims Act cases. He has particular expertise representing individuals and companies in suspension and debarment proceedings, and he has successfully resolved numerous such matters at both the agency and district court level. He also regularly conducts internal investigations of potential compliance issues and advises clients on voluntary and mandatory disclosures to federal agencies.

  • Debarment Litigation - Successfully litigated federal lawsuit to overturn agency debarment, resulting in grant of summary judgment to Covington client and termination of unlawful debarment.
  • False Claims Act Investigation - Represented subsidiary of multinational firm in False Claims Act investigation involving alleged violations of the Buy American Act (BAA) and Trade Agreements Act (TAA); secured DOJ declination.
  • Bribery and Gratuity Investigation - Represented leading government contractor in fast-moving internal investigation, with parallel criminal proceedings, involving federal bribery and gratuity laws, the Procurement Integrity Act, and Organizational Conflicts of Interest regulations; achieved favorable resolution of investigation with DOJ and agency Suspension & Debarment Official (SDO).
  • Suspension and Debarment Challenge - Successfully challenged federal agency’s suspension and proposed debarment of construction contractor, resulting in termination of suspension and complete restoration of eligibility within one week of filing submission.
  • Inverted Domestic Corporations - Counseled several large contractors on rules governing federal contracting with “inverted domestic corporations,” including advice on structuring business and operations to maximize contracting opportunities and engagement with relevant agency officials.
  • Contractor Termination and Claim - Represented a large construction company during its successful resolution of multiple contract claims and terminations related to construction work in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, resulting in $12.8MM settlement for client.   
  • MAS Contract Counseling - Guided large technology reseller through revision of pricing practices under GSA schedule contract, including overhauling its CSP-1 disclosure and persuading GSA to authorize alternative pricing model.   

Pro Bono

  • Represented Army veteran in successful appeal from denial-of-benefits decision before the Board of Veterans Appeals.
  • Successfully represented NGO providing public health services in the developing world in commercial dispute with credit card payment processing company.