Administrative Law and Public Policy

Government Contract Procurement and Bid Protests

As Chapter 287, Florida Statutes, establishes strict regulatory procedures for public contract procurements, bid protests and the like involve a complex process in Florida’s regulatory arena. We are uniquely qualified to navigate this process and represent businesses in contract negotiations, bid protest, and related appellate proceedings. Specifically, we represent clients in the health care, highway safety, management consulting, and transportation businesses with all aspects of state purchasing, requests for proposals, invitations to negotiation, invitations to bid, and state term contracts.

We pride ourselves on “outside the box” thinking for complex procurement matters that have obtained successful results based upon ancillary litigation and executive lobbying efforts. These efforts have included administrative rule challenges, non-rule policy challenges, and constitutional litigation resulting in modifications to procurement proceedings. The best part is, we provide these creative and flexible strategies at a reasonable cost, bringing true value to the client.

Administrative Rule Challenges

Administrative rule challenges involve the tedious process of challenges to existing rules, proposed rules, and unadopted rule policy.  Representation at rulemaking proceedings is often crucial in order to influence the final administrative rule and avoid litigation scenarios. In this way, we continually represent businesses in administrative rule challengesbefore the Division of Administrative Hearings and Florida’s District Courts of Appeals. Our knowledge and skill of the practice has lead to successfully representing clients in these rule challenge proceedings including successfully obtaining attorney fee awards against administrative agencies.

Department of Revenue Tax Challenges

The tax challenge practice includes challenging communication services, gross receipts, and sales tax assessments. These proceedings are often complicated and involve a variety of points of entry to challenge the agency’s action. With a keen understanding of these proceedings, we represent businesses before the Florida Department of Revenue in a variety of scenarios including businesses challenging denials of a tax refunds. We are skilled at navigating this process and providing clients with effective representation in order to resolve their tax matters efficiently and effectively.