If you are a vendor that does business with state agencies or other governmental entities, or a business that would like to secure contracts with state agencies, we can provided legal counsel to help you comply with the myriad procurement statutes, rules and policies. We will also provide counsel to state agencies to help them through important procurements.
Mr. Woodring has significant experience with state procurements and bid protests at many of the state agencies. When he was a counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor, he had primary responsibility for working with the Department of Management Services on all significant competitive procurements at all of the governor's executive agencies. He also worked with the Florida Legislature to revise chapter 287, and in fact drafted the proposed statutory language that created the invitation to negotiate procurement process. Since then he has counseled and litigated on many procurements, ranging from high-profile procurements in the 100s of millions of dollars, to routine procurements in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has worked with procurements at every level of the state's educational system as well.
While we are glad to talk to you about handling a bid protest to either protect or challenge a notice of intent to award, we can often add more value by being involved with a potential bid from the very beginning. Our assitance includes evaluating the bid specifications, and challenging them or requesting clarification as needed; making sure that legal restrictions on contacts with governmental entities are followed and do not disqualify a vendor from even being scored; working with the vendor to make sure the bid package meets all the mandatory requirements. Nothing is more of a waste then to spend in some cases hundreds of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars putting together a bid package, and to then be disqualified at the initial stage and never even be scored. This happens fairly frequently.
There is also value in getting us engaged early in a potential procurement, because deadlines in procurements are short. Some deadlines are as short as 72 hours. We can work with tight turnaround times- some of the cases we have worked on at the Florida Supreme Court have had 24 hour deadlines for completing entire briefs - but you are better served if we have more time to fully understand the dynamics of your bid and your competition.
Please contact us if we can help you with winning business from governmental agencies, or defending or prosecuting a bid protest.