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Webinar: Hands Off My (Public) Contract!

July 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

1 Hour MCLE

In public contracting, public entities must comply with bidding requirements in awarding contracts. Failure to strictly comply with requirements, including criteria stated in the bid solicitation, may allow a bidder that is not selected for contract award to “protest.”  A successful protest may result in the protesting party obtaining the contract itself or may cause the public entity to reject all bids and rebid, often after the bidders’ prices are disclosed.

Being aware of potential grounds of protest, including those grounds most likely to be successful, can help contractors and their counsel to address the issues before bidding, and protect an intended award of a lucrative contract.  When bidders are not initially selected, knowing which grounds of protest are more likely to be successful is critical in advising clients whether to challenge an award.

Speaker: Jennifer Dauer


Jennifer Dauer is a partner at Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless, focusing on government contract law.  She has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent Lawyer and is a Northern California Super Lawyer. 

Her practice involves the representation of prime contractors, subcontractors, disadvantaged business entities, and other public and private entities.  She represents clients in all types of government contracts, including public works (construction) contracts, services contracts, purchases, and information technology contracts. She assists her clients with drafting contract documents, preparing bids and proposals, pursuing federal and state bid protests, resolving contract performance disputes, making contract claims, addressing contract termination issues, and pursuing False Claims Act litigation. Ms. Dauer regularly represents her clients in writs of mandate and appeals in both state and federal courts.

She is actively involved in the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law, including serving as an officer of that Section; the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry; and the Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee and Legislative Committee.  She is pleased to be on the inaugural Steering Committee of the Construction Law Practice Area Committee.

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