Public Procurement & Bid Protest Practice Area

Broad experience evaluating public procurement solicitations and bringing and defending against bid protests.

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Overview

Hopping Green & Sams has handled bid protests involving a wide variety of subjects, including road, bridge, and building construction; telecommunications; computer system purchases; juvenile detention programs; food management services; lottery ticket publishing; legal services; and agency leasing.

Working with an experienced lawyer in public procurements and bid protests is important. Careful review and understanding of procurement documents at an early stage can mean the difference between a winning bid and disqualification for non-responsiveness.

Areas of Service

Hopping Green & Sams has experience representing clients in the competitive bidding process at the state and local government level, including competitive procurements, such as invitations to bid, invitations to negotiate, requests for proposals, and requests for qualifications.

Our experience includes:

  • Reviewing bid specifications for contractors to determine whether a challenge should be filed contesting the fairness of the competitive process and criteria established by an agency;
  • Reviewing procurement responses before submittal to ensure responsiveness;
  • Representing contractors in challenging or defending an agency’s contract award; and
  • Advising local government units on bid specifications and the bidding process as well as assisting in defending challenges to bid awards.

Timeliness in bid protests is critical because the Florida Legislature has established an expedited process which must be followed precisely in state agency bid protests. Often, quick action must be taken to preserve the right to challenge an agency’s decision. Initial deadlines are measured in hours, and failure to meet any deadline in the process may result in the contractor losing all rights of challenge.  Using our experience, our lawyers’ objective is to quickly assess a client’s situation and provide advice on the appropriate course of action given the unique facts of a particular case.

Contact one of our lawyers to learn more about how we can help.

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