BlueLaw International LLP has been offering subject matter expertise and support services to Government customers since 2004. We have worked in more than thirty-five countries with our projects supporting the development goals of governments, organizations, and communities across five continents.
We have also transformed over the years: we have been through a merger; we have progressed from being a 100% sub-contract dependent small business to a stable small business with its own prime contracts; and we have added new capabilities and services to our portfolio catering to the evolving needs of our customers. Our capacity to adapt to the dynamic nature of our business environment has resulted in the improvement of our substantive technical capabilities, financial system and internal controls, project management, and the overall quality and reliability of the services we deliver to our clients.
Humble Beginnings: May 1, 2004 to December 31, 2007
BlueLaw LLP was founded on May 1, 2004 and registered as a Law Firm in the District of Columbia. Mr. Jeffery K. Walker, a retired US Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorney and highly regarded international law expert, was BlueLaw’s first Managing Partner. The company’s mission, then as now, has been to promote meaningful institutional change around the world, to help governments build institutional capacity, and enable them to assist marginalized persons to fully participate in their communities. At the time, the company specialized in providing expertise in the areas of democracy, good governance, and the rule of law. We also provided legal services related to Guantanamo detainees and supported the largest rule of law project ever funded by the U.S. Government in Bagdad, Iraq, which represented the company’s first major contracts.
During the same period, in January 1, 2005, BlueForce International LLC was formed as a Virginia-registered small business. Mr. Sudhir Mahara, current CEO of BlueLaw International LLP, was its first Managing Partner.
With a background in international security & development, UN peacekeeping, and civil-military relations, Mr. Mahara recognized the importance of the emerging concepts of integrated security and development in the US foreign policy. He promoted the expansion of BlueForce International LLC’s practice to cater to the needs of the recently developed USG National Security Strategy of Defense, Development and Diplomacy. In response to growing USG interagency programs, BlueForce International LLC supported large prime contractors in integrated security and development areas, particularly Security Sector Reform for Chemonics International under USAID’s Building Recovery Through Democratic Governance (BRDG) IQC program; Customs and Border Patrol Capacity Development under the Millennium Challenge Corporation/USAID’s anti-corruption threshold country program (TCP) in Paraguay; and Security Assistance and Training Management (SATMO) support for General Dynamics Information Technology.
Merger, Successful Growth and Performance: January 1, 2008 to April 31, 2013
On January 1, 2008, BlueLaw International LLP was formed as result of a merger of BlueLaw LLP and BlueForce International LLC. With time, the crossover and complementarity capabilities of BlueForce International LLC and BlueLaw LLP were combined to offer clients subject matter expertise in security and justice, law enforcement capacity development, and rule of law and human rights projects.
The company implemented programs in anti-corruption, procurement reform, human rights, security sector reform, and rule of law contracts supporting US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Affairs (DOS-INL) in a number of countries and territories around the world including Albania, Paraguay, Mexico, West Bank, Iraq, Egypt, Burundi, Zambia, and Indonesia. This extensive portfolio earned BlueLaw International LLP well-deserved respect as a small business offering professional services to the Federal Government. During this period, our project activities spanned over thirty-five countries.
In August 2011, BlueLaw was awarded the DOS/International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) small business set aside contract under USG’s Criminal Justice Program Support (CJPS) IDIQ, a $10 billion contracting mechanism. The award of a small business set aside contract in such an important DOS-INL IDIQ represented the recognition of BlueLaw as one of the top small businesses in its practice area and size.
Changes in Ownership: May 1, 2013 and Sept 1, 2015
On May 1, 2013, Mr. Sudhir Mahara, a principal since the company’s inception, acquired 100% of BlueLaw International LLP shares and assumed the role of its President and CEO. On September 1, 2015 BlueLaw International LLP became a women owned small business, after Ms. Sarla Mahara acquired its majority shares. Ms. Mahara is BlueLaw’s Chairperson of the Board and Mr. Sudhir Mahara continues to serve as BlueLaw’s CEO.
Continuous Improvement and Performance: May 1, 2013 to Present
BlueLaw’s success is defined by its steady growth over the last ten years, professional excellence in core practice areas, and transition from a sub-contract dependent company to a stable small business with active prime contracts.
Like many small businesses in government contracting, its initial portfolio mainly consisted of subcontracts to larger firms; however, in the last few years BlueLaw has successfully transitioned to managing small business set aside prime contracts. Responding to the needs of its clients, BlueLaw has added portfolios in Research, Analysis, Studies and Performance Management, and Background Investigations and Polygraph Examination Services to its service offerings.
The company has a Top Secret facility clearance, DelTek GCS premier accounting system, and a solid reputation as a premium small business. A leader in its field and size, BlueLaw has a well-deserved reputation for its capacity, reliability, and impact.
Notable successes include providing the senior management staff on USAID’s largest ever rule of law project in Iraq ($104 million); authoring the first-ever participatory disability rights curriculum on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); and initiating, managing, and undertaking a formal process of capturing and defining the doctrine (management and policy) of a major USG agency.
BlueLaw has led and supported national referendums in a number of countries to promote increased access to justice; built the capacity of governments and law enforcement organizations in transparency, anticorruption, and administrative law reform; and promoted human rights and access to justice through public awareness, law enforcement training, drafting legislation, and developing legal analysis tools based on recognized international standards.
Since 2012, BlueLaw has implemented Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Affairs International Law Enforcement Academy’s training contract and under it offers graduate-level criminal justice academic instruction to more than 500 senior foreign law enforcement and criminal justice officials from over forty countries. Now in the fourth year, our work has received excellent Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) evaluation.
Bluelaw has been consulted by DOS-INL on the development of other regional law enforcement training centers around the world. Between 2013 and 2015, BlueLaw implemented the program Enabling Legal Advocacy: Strengthening Civil Society to Advance International Disability Rights Organizations (ELA) under Cooperative Agreement with USAID and US Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (DOS-NEA).