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Oftentimes federal contractors try to intervene into a bid protest case but find out that they do not meet the legal intervention definition. This translates into a waste of valuable resources and possibly missing a chance to protect any legal rights that the company may have. To intervene, you must still be an interested party. The successful awardee is the obvious scenario for getting intervenor status. However, bid protest policies and procedures allow for others to close the gap and protect their rights to the award.
With law offices in Washington DC and Colorado, Watson & Associates’ bid protest intervenor law lawyers have successfully handled significant litigation proceedings for clients across the United States and overseas. See some of our representative cases. Given our deep understanding of the various nuances involved in GAO protests, our clients trust our judgment and commitment to advocacy.
Note: If you are a subcontractor as part of a teaming agreement, you might not be an interested party.
Motion to Intervene in Various Bid Protest Topics
As a successful awardee or another interested party, you have to file a motion to intervene into the case. Our bid protest intervenor law lawyers represent government contractors and awardees in GAO protests involving the full range of procurement issues, including: solicitation defects, sole source awards, task and delivery order contracts, late bids, source selection and meaningful discussions, undisclosed government estimates, past performance protests, unbalanced bidding, competitive range determinations, responsibility and integrity issues, federal criminal fraud issues, best value and technical evaluations, price realism and reasonableness protests, and best value and trade-offs, sole source justification, bid protest and corrective action and technical proposal evaluations, best value source selection procurement evaluation mistakes and more.
- Successful awardee with intervenor status normally do not get a debriefing
- Not meeting the required policies and procedures can cause your company to be denied.
As an integral part of the trial team, each bid protest attorney at Watson can handle time-sensitive (and time-consuming) tasks that can arise both before and during intervention litigation. Examples include:
- Attacking a protestor’s protest letter for non-compliance with GAO bid protest rules
- Preparing and responses to motions
- Developing legal strategies and identifying strengths of weaknesses of each case
- Preparing or responding to briefs resulting from the Agency Report
- Preparing or responding to motions for summary dismissal and other dispositive motions
- Preparing and responding protestor’s trial briefs
- Preparing for, and attending hearings requested by GAO.
Note: GAO does not hear contract termination for default or convenience appeal cases
Intervenor Definition & Meaning
What is an intervenor in a court case? In government contract law, intervenor or intervener is defined as a contractor or individual that can join the protest case if they are interested parties. Generally, the awardee will intervene into the case. However, a contractor can gain intervention status by joining the case with permission of the court.
- There are other policies and procedures that you must meet.
- To meet the legal intervenor definition, you must still have legal standing and be an interested party.
Watson & Associates bid protest defense and intervenor attorneys are frequently retained to challenge a protestor’s allegations to common issues such as best value procurements and other awards made by federal government contracting agencies.
As part of our appellate and GAO protest practice, our intervenor law lawyers also focus on preserving our clients’ rights in the event that the case must go to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
- Client’s work closely with our law firm’s bid protest defense lawyers to develop comprehensive strategies to position a case for successful resolution.
- Get help with anticipatory repudiation defenses used by the government
Intervenor Law Advocacy
Our bid protest intervenor lawyers are highly experienced in providing concise and forceful briefs to either GAO or U.S. Court of Federal Claims and delivering persuasive arguments. The law firm is able to identify and argue critical legal issues when closing the gap in light of the applicable standard of review and have a solid track record of getting favorable results. We understand how important a protest can be and the impact on our client’s expected revenues.
- Over 30 years of federal government procurement experience.
- We intervene on behalf both incumbents and new awardees.
- With law offices in Washington DC and Colorado, we are geographically positioned to represent clients in all states.
- Rates at a fraction of what other law firms charge.
We Help Clients in Various Industry Groups and ALL States to Intervene
Watson can file a motion to intervene for clients in various industry groups. Clients range from small businesses to large DOD government contractors. Our firm has handled bid protest intervention cases involving a wide range of subject areas, post-award protests for improper technical proposal evaluations, best value procurement evaluations, neutral past performance evaluation and CPARS Ratings, errors and other common disputes involved in government contract protests.
Our protest intervenor law attorneys understand the GAO bid protest rules about agency corrective action and the legal authority that source selection authorities have when making award decisions. Read Information About the Intervention Process.
COFC & Appellate Bid Protest Intervenor Assistance From Beginning to End: There are significant benefits to having intervenor status and also having a government contract law lawyer available early in the litigation process, especially in situations where error preservation is critical to pursuing an argument on appeal. Our appellate attorneys develop a team of attorneys to find proper legal authority from higher appellate courts that could protect our clients’ interest. See how to intervene in a bid protest.
- The government’s underlying interest may not be the same as yours.
- Intervention’ arguments sometimes win the protest instead of the Agency’s arguments.
Because our defense lawyers and GAO protest intervenor attorneys know the substantive law government contractors and understand the applicable GAO bid protest rules and procedures, they can quickly absorb any specialized aspects of complex cases. They can also ensure that issues are properly preserved and that the trial court record includes all evidence necessary to sustain such arguments.
Visit Our Information Page to read more about the common topics in a bid protest when filing a motion to intervene. Learn more about bid protest procedures and process. Afterward, contact one of our attorneys if you have additional questions. Read our Blog for Helpful GAO Protest Information.
Our government contracts and bid protest intervenor law firm provides legal counsel to contractors throughout the United States and overseas including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands. Call our federal contracting bid protest intervention attorneys today for immediate help. 1-866-601-5518.
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