With decades of experience in the public sector, Gunster advises on all aspects of Florida government procurement law and procedure. Our team works with business clients to review, analyze and respond to government agency solicitations such as IFBs, RFPs and RFQs. Our firm advises on federal, state and local laws pertaining to the competitive public procurement process and publicly funded improvement projects, as well as on the full array of concession agreements and public/private partnership arrangements involved in such initiatives. Whether our client is a large defense or IT company, or a small, minority-owned business, our attorneys seek to deliver the best possible advice when balancing each client’s rights with preserving hard-earned customer relationships.
Our procurement experience can aid us in assisting our clients in doing business with the government. Notably, members of our team served as state CIO, general counsel, and interim secretary for the Florida Department of Management Services, the agency responsible for significant procurement on behalf of state government and for defining the procurement rules and procedures that all agencies follow. Our collective team’s experience in working directly in procurement can help us to offer insight into government agency decision-making.
Our firm represents businesses challenging or defending procurement procedures and contract awards in bid protests. Our clients include protesters and awardees alike involved in protests pertaining to solicitation defects, sole source awards, and task and delivery order contracting. Our attorneys also have experience with the challenges associated with submitting late bids, as well as responsibility, integrity and fraud issues. Moreover, we have advised on technical evaluations and cost, pricing and best value determinations. Our firm is committed to maintaining the resources to handle even the most complex and large protests, which can invariably involve multiple parties, forums and classified proceedings.
Our firm has represented clients before an array of state and federal agencies. Our experience includes advocacy before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the Florida Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH); trial and appellate courts throughout Florida and state agencies including the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA); Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO); Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); and the Florida Department of Health (DOH), to name a few. Whether our client is an awardee or bidder, our attorneys remain focused on delivering comprehensive legal counsel about the bid protest process and each party’s right to open competition.
There are times when litigation cannot be avoided in the pursuit of vindication and defense. On such occasions, Gunster litigators consistently strive to serve as formidable advocates in litigation and, if necessary, at trial.