Public Construction and Procurement

Dickinson Wright attorneys represent states, municipalities, and other governmental agencies in all aspects of the procurement of labor, materials, and services involved in the design and construction of public projects. We also represent private developers in complying with the procurement requirements applicable to public improvements which may be included in their projects, such as intersections, traffic control, and utilities for which developers may seek reimbursement or other benefits. Our representation involves not only the drafting of solicitations and contracts (both standard and manuscript), but also providing advice on the solicitation process and how to respond when unique situations arise. We also assist in the preparation of procurement rules and guidelines.

Our attorneys regularly represent the procuring agencies or governments, as well as bidders and proposers, involved in protests arising from public procurements. Because we have represented both the government procuring agencies and parties seeking to protest procurement decisions, our attorneys can provide a comprehensive analysis of any protest issue. We have been involved in the administrative resolution of protests, filing and defending protests in lower courts, and through the appeals process. Our attorneys have also served as bid protest hearing officers.

The team also represents government entities, contractors and developers in relation to claims arising from the negotiation and contracting for public construction projects, including claims on performance, payment and subdivision bonds and security.