The source selection process is extremely competitive in today’s federal contracting market. As a result, many solicitations ultimately involve bid protests. These protests require complex legal analyses, under extremely short deadlines. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the protest process, including the legal issues commonly involved in that process, are vital to success. And a successful protest can mean the difference between getting a contract or losing that contract to a competitor.
In this session, all aspects of the protest process will be covered including when and where to file your protest, as well as strategies for maximizing your chances for a positive outcome. Learn how a contractor can use debriefings and protests as an affirmative tool to get the contract it wants. This session will also cover how contractors can defend against protests brought by their competitors.
AMY M. KIRBY is an Associate in the Federal Construction Group and focuses her practice on government construction litigation. Amy’s practice includes a wide variety of federal construction matters. She provides support to clients during all stages of contract management from assisting with the preparation of contract proposals through negotiating final contract closeout and beyond. Specifically, Amy assists clients with preparation of proposals and bids, as well as representing their interests related to pre and post award bid protests. She advises clients on various issues that arise during contract performance such as differing site conditions, changes, and defective specifications. Amy works with clients on all manner of contract concerns including payment issues, requests for equitable adjustments, claims, and terminations for both convenience and default. She represents clients in dispute resolution at the contractor level, as well as appeals before the various Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims and various state and federal courts.
Prior to joining Cohen Seglias, Amy was an Assistant Public Defender in Portsmouth, VA. During her time with the Public Defender’s Office, Amy tried numerous jury trials gaining extensive litigation experience. Prior to her time in the Public Defender’s Office, Amy worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Winchester, VA. Litigation was Amy’s primary focus while with the Corps of Engineers, where she worked on numerous appeals before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals as well as protests with the Government Accountability Office.
MARIA L. PANICHELLI is a Partner in the Firm’s Construction and Federal Contracting Groups. As a member of the Federal Group, Maria represents a national client base of prime and subcontractors, with a focus on federal construction contracting, and small business procurement issues.
Maria's practice spans a variety of federal contracting matters, including bid protests, REAs, contract claims, and appeals. She has represented clients before numerous Federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office, and various Federal and state courts, and has litigated cases covering a wide range of construction-related issues such as defective designs, defective specifications, differing site conditions, changes, suspensions, delays, and contract terminations. Maria frequently counsels clients with regards to compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Prompt Payment Act, and False Claims Act.
Maria also counsels clients in all aspects of small business procurement. Having acquired substantial experience with the government's 8(a), SDVOSB, WOSB and HUBZone small business programs, Maria provides effective assistance to clients applying for small business status, or competing for small business program setaside contracts. Maria further specializes in small business eligibility issues. She has successfully challenged negative agency findings with regard to clients’ SDVOSB and 8(a) eligibility, and successfully defeated size and status related bid protests brought by competitors. Maria has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, and advising small business clients with regard to potential affiliation problems and subcontracting requirements. Her small business practice also involves drafting corporate governance documents that will comply with small business program eligibility requirements.
Prior to joining Cohen Seglias, Maria handled complex commercial and corporate litigation before the Delaware Chancery Court.
Maria is active in a number of federal contracting and/or construction-related professional associations, and is a frequent contributor to the Firm's Federal Construction Contracting Blog. She works closely with several Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, providing educational content for a variety of government contractors. Maria is also a community partner at Govology, a legal content contributor to VetLikeMe, Targetgov, and Onvia, and a faculty member at the Government Contracting Institute.
Very good instructors
Exceptional! Amazing CLE!
Thank you. Very professional and informative..
Good practical info
Excellent presentation, very easy to understand to a non-government contracts attorney.
Young professionals who knew their subject cold
Perhaps the best program I have seen n Lawline and I have seen many
The lecturers packed a lot of technical and practical content into a very well organized presentation
nice to see women instructors
Wow, a lot to digest.
In my opinion the speakers were very informative. Thank you.
lots of great detail!!
Very knowledgeable presenters.
Speedy but thorough coverage of a complex topic. Very well presented by two knowledgeable attorneys.
Incredible presentation. Very knowledgeable and expert practitioners.
Excellent: full of information. Thanks!
Very detailed and useful material. I was much impressed by Ms. Panichelli and Ms. Kirby - excellent presentation!
Another informative government contracting CLE. Well done!
Great to have something intellectually-stimulating to do during my commute!
Overall this program was very informative and helpful.
Presenters were well versed in their content area.
This was a helpful overview of the framework for these types of cases.
Very knowledgeable practitioners
Not anywhere near my practice area, but interesting nonetheless.
The course offered good procedural information and legal advice related to the topic.
Highly informative and interesting presentation.
very good information!
lecturers were knowlegable and interesting
A lot of information packed into an hour and one-half.
Very informative. Super knowledgeable attorneys.
Good presentation. Thorough and detailed.
liked two presenters-- especially in a slightly longer program
Amy & Maria gave a great presentation. Would love to see a presentation on state government contracting - which those in the field know is not as centralized and orderly as fed govt contracting
very well prepared and presented
Very practical training.
Absolutely super presenters. Wish they were doing the entire series.
Very good seminar. Presenters knew the subject matter.
Lots of good reference information. Thanks.
Very good program
nice job - difficult material
Very informative presentation.
Great presentation - very informative!
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