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HOW: The Mechanics of Bid Protests – A Hands-On Workshop to help you Decide How, When, and Where to Prosecute (or Defend Against) Protests Successfully

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


If your company does business with the federal government, the chances are pretty high that you’ve heard the phrase “bid protest” before. But what exactly is a bid protest, and what must every contractor understand about the process? In this course, veteran government contracts attorneys Franklin Turner and Alexander Major – Co-Leaders of McCarter & English’s Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group – will give companies critical insight in order to maximize their chances of success in prosecuting and defending against bid protests.


  • Introduction to the Protest Process
  • Why Protest?
  • Types of Protests
    • Pre-award
    • Post-award
  • Preparing to Protest
    • Legal Considerations
    • Business Considerations
  • Choosing the Forum
    • Agency
    • General Accountability Office (“GAO”)
    • Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”)


  • Protesting at the Agency
    • Overview
  • Protesting at the GAO
    • Timeliness Requirements
    • Debriefings
    • Automatic Stay
    • Filings
    • Protective Orders
    • Document Production
    • Supplemental Protests
    • Hearings
    • Remedies
    • Key Statistics
  • Protest at the COFC
    • Differences From the GAO Protest Process
  • Pre-award Protests
    • Successful Arguments
    • Unsuccessful Arguments
  • Viable Post-award Protests
    • Successful Arguments
    • Unsuccessful Arguments
  • Defending Against Protests
    • Effectively Assisting the Agency
      • What To Do
      • What Not To Do
  • Conclusion


March 14
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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In-Person Seminar