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Government Contracts

Government procurement is a highly specialized area of the law for several reasons: each public body has a unique set of rules and regulations governing their procurement process which must be followed precisely; and often require extraordinary documentation in very short timeframes to submit, petition or protest an award. We assist clients through the governmental process from initial interest through contract. Our attorneys have extensive experience and unique insights into the Request for Letter of Interest (RLI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) processes used by most state, local and quasi governmental entities in Florida. Our attorneys have provided strategic and political advice.

Services Offered on Procurement
  • Representation in government procurement process, including assistance in review and submittal of bids and responses to requests for proposals, requests for qualifications, requests for letters of interests, and other public solicitations;
  • Monitoring/notification/assistance with review of public advertisements and availability of public project;
  • Placement on public vendor list with purchasing divisions for government agencies;
  • Review of terms and conditions of advertisements for government contracts;
  • Review of submittal requirements set forth in procurement documents;
  • Assistance in preparation and review of bids, proposals, qualifications, and letter of interest in government contracts;
  • Advisement as to applicable statutory and administrative rights and remedies – re: qualification, ranking, award, and protest in government contracts;
  • Intervention in challenging government agency actions, preparation of protest petitions, and representation of clients in all phases of contract awards, including qualifications, rankings, and contract negotiations;
  • Intervention in defense of awards challenged by competitive bidders or third parties;
    Negotiation with government agencies re: resolution of government contract disputes;
  • Representation in negotiating final contracts pursuant to government contract awards, including issues such as terms of payment, contractual liability, or insurance coverage and other mandatory contractual provisions;
  • Assistance with development and maintenance of governmental contract relations.

Representative Matters
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of James A. Cummings, Inc., and successfully defended a challenge to Broward County’s award of a contract for the construction of the new Broward County Courthouse.

The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Dallas 1 Construction & Development, Inc. and successfully protested and assisted with the award of the City of Tampa’s utility maintenance contract.

Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
William J. Cea Shareholder 561.655.5444 West Palm Beach
Steven B. Lesser Shareholder 954.985.4137 Ft. Lauderdale
Mark J. Stempler Shareholder 561.655.5444 West Palm Beach