The Experience of WilmerHale's Bid Protest Practice is Unsurpassed.

In the commercial world, very few companies would ever consider suing a customer for buying a competitor's product. However, due to the overriding Government interest in maintaining a fair and transparent process for awarding contracts, many experienced government contractors have long recognized that bid protests are an integral part of marketing their products to the US Government. Other companies, including smaller companies and companies who view the Government as just one of many important customers, have begun to recognize the importance of protests in the Government market. WilmerHale's government contract lawyers are proven litigators. We have prosecuted and defended dozens of protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and at the Court of Federal Claims, providing aggressive and creative advocacy in these unique forums.

For more than two decades, WilmerHale has initiated and defended bid protests challenging RFP selection criteria and the choice of a contractor. Our team has grown stronger with the addition of seasoned government contract practitioners, including the attorney responsible for defending all US Air Force protests for more than 13 years, and the former General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Having litigated more than 400 protests (with over 200 reported decisions), our bid protest litigators are among the most experienced in the country. In addition, several of our bid protest litigators have security clearances issued by the US Government. This allows us to file and defend protests involving classified contracts.

The Experience of WilmerHale's Bid Protest Practice is Unsurpassed.

In the commercial world, very few companies would ever consider suing a customer for buying a competitor's product. However, due to the overriding Government interest in maintaining a fair and transparent process for awarding contracts, many experienced government contractors have long recognized that bid protests are an integral part of marketing their products to the US Government. Other companies, including smaller companies and companies who view the Government as just one of many important customers, have begun to recognize the importance of protests in the Government market. WilmerHale's government contract lawyers are proven litigators. We have prosecuted and defended dozens of protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and at the Court of Federal Claims, providing aggressive and creative advocacy in these unique forums.

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Stephen W. Preston

Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice

+1 202 663 6900 (t)

stephen.preston@wilmerhale.com

Experience

In 2012:

  • we filed a protest at GAO on a $450 million cybersecurity contract. As a result, the agency took corrective action, granting the relief requested in the protest
  • GAO sustained a protest that we filed on a $150 million information technology contract awarded by the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • the Army took corrective action on a protest of a $35 million information technology contract that we filed with the GAO. When our client lost the recompetition, we filed another protest at GAO –and the Army took corrective action a second time
  • we successfully defended a protest filed against a $180 million contract awarded to our client by the Government Printing Office for e-passport covers
  • we convinced the Department of Defense to take corrective action on several procurements by filing agency-level protests
  • we advised numerous companies on filing bid protests, often recommending against filing protests when the likelihood of success appeared low