Kyle Jefcoat is a litigator who advises clients on all facets of government contracts and grants, particularly relating to bid protests, False Claims Act litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and national security clearances.

Mr. Jefcoat combines his business-focused approach and extensive experience to guide clients, including global private equity firms and their portfolio companies, on complex compliance issues relating to:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, including novations 
  • Domestic preference requirements, including the Buy American Act; Build America, Buy America; and Trade Agreements Act
  • Foreign Ownership Control and Influence (FOCI) disclosure and mitigation
  • Small business size-status and affiliation
  • Mandatory disclosure and code of business ethics
  • Organizational conflicts of interest (OCI)
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responses and requests
  • Requirements to provide cost or pricing data
  • The suspension and debarment process
  • False Claims Act liability
  • The intersection of intellectual property and government contracts
  • Subcontracts, subrecipient agreements, teaming agreements, and licensing agreements, with particular attention to contract and grant flow-down requirements

In bid protest litigation, Mr. Jefcoat has handled a wide range of protests, from those with a few million dollars at stake to ones with billions of dollars at issue.

Mr. Jefcoat has assisted multiple clients with internal investigations into potential issues that raise both False Claims Act and mandatory disclosure concerns, including reviewing sales practices under clients’ GSA Schedule contracts and Price Reduction Clause compliance, as well as compliance with certifications and representations made in the process of contract award.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Jefcoat was a Captain in the US Air Force Judge-Advocate General (JAG) Corps from 2000 through 2004. He is also a member, and past global leader, of the firm’s US Military & Veterans Network.

Mr. Jefcoat maintains an active pro bono practice, including veteran benefits appeals cases and advising nonprofit organizations on compliance with government grant obligations.

Mr. Jefcoat has represented clients from the information technology, defense and aviation, and health care industries in protests and claims before:

  • Individual agencies 
  • Small Business Administration
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Boards of Contract Appeals
  • US district courts
  • Court of Federal Claims
  • Federal Circuit

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 1999
  • BA, Yale University, 1996
Jefcoat, Kyle R.
October 12, 2023 Recognition

Government Contracts MVP: Latham’s Kyle Jefcoat

Partner Kyle Jefcoat has made the most of his transition to the government contracts field from serving in the Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps, helping secure big results for clients like a US$5 billion Navy construction deal protest win for SLS Federal Services LLC.