One contractor, a prominent New York law firm, helped the Treasury Depart­ment develop a plan to restructure U.S. automakers. Another assisted the Justice Department with law enforcement training in hot spots around the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq. A third collected more than two-thirds of a billion dollars over the past five fiscal years to provide legal and other assistance for DOJ’s asset -forfeiture efforts. 

What these contractors, and thousands more like them, have in common is that they engaged in legal work for the U.S. government from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2012. And they’re typically reluctant to answer any questions about the specifics of the work they perform for the government.

The four biggest individual contractors — Forfeiture Support Associates LLC, CACI International Inc., Labat-Anderson Inc. and MPRI Inc. — are examined below, as are several of the top 10 biggest law firm contractors — Hunton & Williams; Leydig, Voit & Mayer; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; the Law Offices of Margaret Dillenburg; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Overall, these 10 contractors were awarded $1.5 billion — almost half of the $3.3 billion the U.S. government awarded for legal work during the past five fiscal years.— Andrew Ramonas

 

CACI INTERNATIONAL INC.
‘Mega’ contract for
IT provider

 
CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT
Riding shotgun during
GM restructuring

 
LAW OFFICES OF
MARGARET DILLENBURG

A record for a
solo practitioner

 
FORFEITURE SUPPORT ASSOCIATES LLC
Assisting the DOJ
since 2004

 
HUNTON & WILLIAMS
Counsel for Yucca
Mountain licensing

 
LABAT-ANDERSON INC.
High profile work includes
Cobell and Gulf oil spill

 
LEYDIG, VOIT & MAYER
Special treatment
for the NIH

 
MPRI INC.
Police training in
challenging environments

 
PAUL WEISS
‘A green leader
in the legal industry’

 
SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT
Lead legal advisers
on bailout plan