At The Law Offices of P. Andrew Torrez, we have extensive experience handling the wide range of issues that our clients face when they do business with federal, state, and local governments. We work closely with our clients in every stage of the process, including:
- Review of Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
- Drafting agreements, including joint venture agreements and non-disclosure agreements
- Representing clients in agency debriefings
- Bid Protests
- Third-party Intervention in Protests
If you solicit business with the federal government, or a state or local government agency, you may find yourself facing a bid protest whether or not you were ultimately awarded the contract. To file a bid protest, a protestor must demonstrate that it has standing as an interested party, meaning the protestor must be an actual or prospective offeror whose direct economic interest would be affected by the award of a contract or by the failure to award a contract. Thus, a company that submits a losing bid may determine, after debriefing, that it should have received the contract or that the contract was awarded in an improper manner or under inappropriate terms.
On the other hand, a winning offeror may be forced to defend its award by intervening in a bid protest filed by a losing bidder. Intervention is almost always advisable to protect your current contractual rights and solidify your relationship with the awarding agency. A bid protest may be filed at the procuring state agency, with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, or at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
At The Law Offices of P. Andrew Torrez, we have successfully handled both of these kinds of bid protest cases, working to protect existing contractual rights on behalf of our clients, as well as getting improperly-awarded government contracts overturned and the contracts re-bid under a new RFP. Our experience covers all aspects of the bid protest process, from preparing the initial protest, to securing an effective administrative record, to representing a client at debriefings, administrative hearings, and at trial.
We advise our clients and help them distinguish between protests that have merit and those that are unlikely to succeed. Some clients are afraid that if they protest a losing award it will destroy their relationship with the agency and adversely impact their consideration in future RFPs. This fear is typically unfounded. Where a bid protest is appropriate, we aggressively litigate on behalf of our clients at all levels, while working to protect the relationship between the client and the agency.
Mr. Torrez has successfully represented contractors before administrative agencies in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and has also litigated contract appeals before the Board of Contract Appeals (DC) and the Maryland State Board of Education. Mr. Torrez has also defended intervenors and litigated on behalf of protestors in court once those administrative remedies have been exhausted.
Please be advised that bid protests are typically subject to very short filing deadlines and you may lose some or all of your legal rights if you miss the deadline. Moreover, the filing of a protest can often stay the award of the contract while your protest is pending, allowing the protestor to obtain meaningful relief if the protest is successful. If you do business with a government agency and believe that Mr. Torrez can be of assistance, please contact the Law Offices of P. Andrew Torrez at (240) 230-7309 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.