Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

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

September 13 @ 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

Continuing Education Credits

8.25 CLE/ 9.5 CPE (Information Technology, Business Law, Regulatory Ethics) / .825 CEU credits may be earned for this course. This course is recommended for 12 CLP credits.

This course has been approved for CLE in CA, PA, VA and TX.  Because this activity has been approved in another CLE jurisdiction, you may also receive credit for participation in AK, AZ, AR, CO, FL, HI, IL, ME, MT, NJ, NY, ND, and WI (additional state requirements may apply). If you are seeking CLE credits for a jurisdiction other than the ones listed above, please contact us for additional information.

This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU.  Upon their approval, it may be worth 8.25 PDU credits.



John Plinke


Nash & Cibinic Center for Excellence in Government Contracting
1725 I (Eye) Street NW, Suite 100 (Farragut Metro)
Washington, DC 20006 United States
+ Google Map

The Public Contracting Institute is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

Upcoming Seminars

Webinars & Virtual Classes