Our procurement and bid protest experience extends to a wide range of industries and virtually every agency of the Florida state government. We are veteran advocates for Fortune 50 companies, cutting edge West Coast technology companies, healthcare corporations, affordable housing developers, pari-mutuel wagering and slot machine operators, the alcoholic beverage industry, medical marijuana treatment centers, and beyond.
Parker Hudson offers seasoned and nuanced legal representation in matters involving all aspects of the public procurement process in Florida for both public- and private-sector clients. We have deep experience navigating and resolving disputes concerning Invitations to Bid (ITBs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Invitations to Negotiate (ITNs), State Terms Contracts, and Single-Source Purchases. Bid protests have very short and strict timelines, so it is crucial to be represented by counsel with a thorough understanding of all potential pitfalls in the process. Our team has broad familiarity on all sides of the procurement system, from experience with the internal workings on the agency-side to defending incumbent vendors and spearheading protest litigation on behalf of protestors. We offer creative approaches for avoiding litigation where possible and, where litigation is unavoidable, resolving it efficiently, cost-effectively, and toward an optimal outcome for your business.
We have successfully represented clients in bid protests involving industries running the gamut from lawn service providers to statewide employee insurance procurements, local government services procurements, and prison services. We have also represented Medicaid managed care entities (both as lead in-house counsel for the agency and outside counsel for the industry) in the Agency for Health Care Administration’s (AHCA) Medicaid managed care procurement which combined is the largest procurement in state history each time it is procured.
The firm’s bid protest and procurement team includes: Seann Frazier who is Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice by The Florida Bar and who has over 25 years of bid protest and administrative litigation experience; Stefan Grow who served as General Counsel at the Agency for Health Care Administration under Governor’s Scott and DeSantis and has extensive contacts throughout state government; Kristen Bond Dobson, a former Staff Attorney at the Florida Supreme Court and fervent litigator in her own right; and Ian Waldick, also a former Staff Attorney at the Florida Supreme Court, who has handled multiple complex administrative disputes.
Leveraging our extensive contacts in state government and deep bench of experience, we are often able to craft negotiated solutions that avoid the need for formal litigation, while remaining prepared to mount administrative litigation whenever necessary, aggressively pursuing an optimal outcome for our clients.