Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom D
Sixty Minute Guide to Government Protests
Counsel, DLA Piper
Deciding whether to file a bid protest can be
difficult. Many companies are
understandably reluctant to fight with a customer over a lost contract, and the
payoff for a successful protest is not necessarily a contract award. On the other hand, losing a strategically
important competition – for reasons that are unclear or unreasonable – may be
unacceptable to the company’s stakeholders, particularly in a shrinking market.
This session will cover the essential issues
that companies should consider before deciding to protest. How often do companies protest and how often
do they win? What effect does a protest
have on future business? What are the
key business considerations and risks of a protest? What are the different protest alternatives,
and when is one better than another?
What are the differences between protests at the federal vs. the state/local
levels? The session will answer these
and other questions from a practical, business-focused perspective.
is an attorney and Chair of the Government Contracts practice at DLA Piper LLP,
one of the largest law firms in the world.
Rich has litigated bid protests at the federal and state/local
government levels for over 25 years, and he is consistently ranked among the
top Government Contracts lawyers in the US.
Prior to entering private practice 1989, Rich worked for eight years as
a Proposal Specialist for a defense contractor, so he also understands the
challenges of preparing complex proposals in a competitive environment.
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