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FEDERAL | Introductory Level

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom D


The Sixty Minute Guide to Government Protests

Richard Rector
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.




Richard Rector 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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