Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP provides transactional and litigation expertise in a wide range of government contract matters, including public works, services, information technology, and purchases. Our attorneys represent both public and private entities, and advise on bid preparation, bid protests, requirements unique to government contracts, resolving disputes during performance, changes, terminations, and litigation. The principal areas of our government contracts practice include Bid Protests, Disadvantaged Business Entities, False Claims Act, Information Technology Contracting, Public Works, Purchases, and Services Contracting.
|Bid Protests||Public Works|
|Disadvantaged Business Entities||Purchases|
|False Claims Act||Services Contracting|
|Information Technology Contracting|
Our attorneys regularly represent bidders and owners in pre-bid or initial protests as well as award protests in all types of procurements, whether conducted by federal, state, or local public entities. We appear in bid protests before local public entities and state and federal administrative agencies such as the California Department of General Services, the Victim’s Compensation and Government Claims Board, CalTrans, and the United States Government Accountability Office.
Disadvantaged Business Entities
Our attorneys routinely advise clients in matters involving disadvantaged businesses, such as bid requirements and protests, use or substitution of listed disadvantaged businesses, and performance of a commercially useful function. We also assist and counsel clients before numerous state and federal agencies to obtain and maintain their status as disadvantaged business entities, including Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises, and others. We further represent our clients in judicial review of protest decisions.
False Claims Act
Our attorneys counsel clients in avoiding potential false claims, resolving false claims when discovered, and defending against accusations of false claims. We also represent both public entities and qui tam relators in bringing false claims actions.
Information Technology Contracting
Primary Attorney Contacts: Jennifer L. Dauer
Our attorneys advise clients during the bidding process, including reviewing solicitations, suggesting questions, supporting participation in alternative procurement methodologies such as under Public Contract Code sections 6611 and 12102, commenting on proposals, and assistance with negotiations. We also represent bidders in bid protests, provide advice regarding performance disputes, and litigate over performance disputes and terminations.
Our attorneys are well-versed in the unique aspects of public works contracting, and assist clients in navigating issues such as contracting power, the void contract rule, and false claims. We represent contractors, subcontractors and public owners in a variety of projects. We have broad expertise in competitive bidding requirements and advise clients on matters such as prequalification, solicitation documents, responsiveness, responsibility, bid protests, bonding, and subcontractor issues. Our attorneys also pursue specific public works remedies such as stop payment notices and bond claims.
Our attorneys represent clients seeking to sell goods to State and local governments, including reviewing solicitation documents, assisting in clarifications during the bidding process, representation in bid protests, and representation in litigation over contract disputes and terminations.
Our attorneys represent bidders, contractors, subcontractors and public entities in all types of services contracts. Our representation includes reviewing solicitation documents, assisting in preparing and responding to questions during the bidding process, commenting on proposals, appearing in bid protests, and representation in litigation over contract disputes and terminations.