GC Outsource Plus

Dempsey Fontana offers our clients a special service called GC Outsource Plus™.  This service is designed for organizations focused on providing services, solutions and products to federal, state and local government agencies that seek the benefit of utilizing “in-house” counsel on an on-demand basis without the high costs of employing a full-time lawyer. This service is also ideal for organizations that already have in-house counsel, but need experienced corporate and government contract counsel that can step in on a short-term basis or provide support in surge situations.  

GC Outsource Plus is led by Jim Fontana, who has spent almost half of his 30 plus year legal career as an in-house general counsel for some of the most recognized government contractors.  Jim works with David Dempsey and other lawyers associated with the Firm to provide consistent, professional, responsive and practical advice at a low and predictable cost.

This innovative approach to legal services is an alternative to hiring a full-time executive general counsel and staff level associate counsels at a fraction of the cost.  We start by gaining an overall knowledge of your business and its unique needs in the government contracting market.  We will then provide a detailed assessment of your legal needs and a plan for both the short and long term.  This is followed by providing options for our services and alternative billing structures to fit your budget.  These preliminary services and ramp-up activities are provided at no cost to your organization.  Once retained, we immediately jump in to become a supportive part of your business team.

Our billing rates for GC Outsource Plus are either on a discounted hourly basis or on a monthly retainer.   Either way, the cost of GC Outsource Plus is substantially lower than similar services provided by other large or even small law firms.

Why Use GC Outsource Plus:

  • Your organization is in need of an experienced attorney on an as-needed basis.
  • Your general counsel requires support on special projects or is experiencing an unusual surge in legal issues.
  • Your budget does not call for a full-time counsel but legal issues arise on a regular or even periodic basis forcing you to spend high amounts on pricy outside law firms.
  • You are looking for an alternative resource to provide greater value and services than provided by traditional law firms and solo practitioners. 
  • Only part of your business involves government contracts and you need specialized services from a qualified attorney.
  • You need a lawyer who knows your business and understands your industry.

GC Outsource Plus Services

Whether you use GC Outsource Plus as your outsourced in-house counsel or as an extension of your existing in-house group, we are uniquely qualified to offer the following services:

  • Reviews of prime contracts and subcontracts, teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements and other government contract-related agreements;
  • General legal advice on all government contracting-related issues;
  • Protection of intellectual property and company trade secrets;
  • Management of company ethics compliance programs;
  • Advice on employment and HR-related issues;
  • Mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and pre-transaction legal and strategic advice, as well as advice at the letter of intent stage of the transaction process;
  • Responses to subpoenas and other formal requests by third parties;
  • Pre-litigation/arbitration dispute resolution advice and counseling; 
  • Internal and government investigations; and
  • Selection, retention and management of other outside counsels (both nationally and internationally) having specialized experience as well as advice on the best and most economical approaches to retaining outside counsels.


Jim Fontana acted as an outsourced interim general counsel until our needs and growth required the appointment of a full-time general counsel. During that time Jim had been an integral part of our senior leadership team, and we relied on him not only for his outstanding abilities as a lawyer and corporate secretary, but also for his keen business and strategic sense and ability to work with us on longer-term goals. Jim still acts as outside counsel and continues to be part of the company’s legal team. His many years of experience both as an in-house general counsel and a law firm attorney was critical, and he undoubtedly has the depth, experience and practical wisdom that we needed in the highly regulated business of government contracting.
— Lance Lerman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Iron Bow Technologies, LLC
We have used Jim Fontana of Dempsey Fontana essentially as an outsourced general counsel for a number of years. As the President and CEO, I can say with certainty that Jim had made a tremendous contribution to the company’s success from the inception of his services through the sale of the company. Jim’s knowledge, experience and common sense approach to complex legal issues have been nothing less than outstanding, and we have had the benefit of Jim’s services for multiple legal and business issues without the need to hire a full-time general counsel. I can wholeheartedly recommend Jim.
— Eric P. Whittleton, former President & CEO, Allied Technology Group, Inc.
Our non-profit organization is too small to employ an in-house attorney. We rely on Jim Fontana to assist us with our federal government contracting issues, among other matters. We are extremely pleased with the quality, attentiveness and responsiveness of Jim’s services despite that his services are provided on a pro bono basis. We consider Jim to be a great asset to Easter Seals.
— Lisa Reeves, President & CEO, Easter Seals Serving DC/MD/VA
Our company has been working with Jim for the last few years. We have come to rely and depend on Jim whenever a legal issue is at hand. We have found his experience in federal procurement to be extremely valuable. His response time on action items is excellent as is his knowledge of various issues we have brought to him. He is able to advise us in a manner that puts us at ease and breaks down all options in plain English without trying to impress us with ‘lawyer’ talk. Simply put, we could not be more satisfied with the experiences we have had working with Jim and would highly recommend him.
— Confidential Client

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