State and Local Government Contracting

While state and local government procurement requirements can present unique challenges for commercial companies, contracts with state and local government agencies can represent a substantial business opportunity . The attorneys in Holland & Hart's Government Contracts Group help clients navigate through the many facets of state and local procurement laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Our attorneys have handled significant procurement law matters in most states, including many of the states with the largest purchasing budgets, such as Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington . Our attorneys have extensive experience at both the state and local government level in California , where we have developed a working knowledge of the state's procurement law and associated processes.

We have created 50 state surveys of the laws and regulations applicable to issues of greatest interest to state and local government contractors, e.g., intellectual property, data rights, indemnity, limitation of liability, audits and public ethics rules. These surveys help our attorneys provide efficient service to clients doing business in any of the 50 states.

Our attorneys advise clients doing business at the state and local level on a broad range procurement-related issues, including the following:

  • ethics and procurement integrity rules
  • responding to requests for proposals and invitations for bids
  • negotiation and counseling on contract terms and conditions
  • equal employment opportunity and other socio-economic laws and unique requirements
  • small and minority business programs
  • filing and defending against bid protests
  • pursuing and defending against public records act (FOIA) requests
  • contract claim litigation and dispute resolution
  • state preference laws for local contractors

Representative Matters Include:

  • Assisted a large software and consulting services firm to successfully bid and negotiate terms for a contract with the centralized state procurement agency in California and Florida
  • Counseled the successful bidder during the competition for award of one of California's strategic sourcing initiative (SSI) contracts, which consolidate the state's contracts for certain types of commodity items
  • Assisted a client in successfully bidding and negotiating the terms and conditions of a contract to supply information technology products and associated services through with the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) program
  • Successfully defended against a bid protest challenging the largest computer hardware contract ever awarded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Represented a software development firm in a $6 million claim against the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare (IDHW) under a contract to develop a new comprehensive claims processing system
  • Succeeded in bid protest of state award to insurance provider for state-wide Medicaid program

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