American Bar Association
Section of Public Contract Law: Bid Protest Committee

Section of Public Contract Law:
Bid Protest Committee


Provides timely information on developments and a forum for discussing significant issues involving the resolution of bid protests within the federal government, including the agencies, the GAO, and judicial forums. Conducts ongoing studies on the efficacy of the system for resolving bid protest of federal agency procurements.

Programs, Meetings & Events

Committee Events

The Process of Pursuing and Defending Bid Protests Involving Classified Procurements: It's No Big Secret

April 18, 2017
Please join the ABA PCLS Bid Protest Committee for its April meeting:

The Process of Pursuing and Defending Bid Protests Involving Classified Procurements: It’s No Big Secret

Classified information is material that the United States government has determined requires protection against unauthorized disclosure for reasons of national security. Bid protest cases involving classified procurements require special handling to avoid unauthorized disclosure of this information. Join our distinguished panel to hear a diverse array of perspectives on handling classified bid protests before the Court of Federal Claims and GAO. The panelists will provide practice tips and perspectives on protest practice from the point of view of the bench, the GAO, DoJ’s Litigation Security Group, the government attorney, and the law firm attorney.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Moderator: Stuart B. Nibley -- Partner, K&L Gates LLP

The Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams - Judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Eric Ransom - Deputy Assistant General Counsel, GAO
Harry Rucker - Classified Information Security Officer, Litigation Security Group,
    U.S. Department of Justice’s Justice Management's Division.
Scott Flesch - Chief Bid Protests, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency
Steven Mager - Senior Trial Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice

Location: K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

Lunch will be served at the price of $10.00 per person. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Please be sure to respond if you plan to attend; this has been a popular event in the past and we need a reasonably accurate headcount for lunch. Please let us know if you wish to participate by telephone; the call in number is below, but we still need to have an approximate count of how many will be calling in. In addition, please invite others who might wish to attend and participate in Committee activities; please ask them to RSVP to us. Thank you. Please RSVP to Amy Geller at or (202) 661-3842.

Dial in: (855) 886-4157
Participant Code: 4489428


Stay Tuned for the Committee’s Special May Meeting and Happy Hour

Program: In-House Counsel’s Perspective On Bid Protests

Thursday, May 18, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET

Venable LLP, 600 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001
*Note new location for Venable

Happy hour to follow immediately on terrace

Bid Protest Committee Co-Chairs

James Boland
C. Peter Dungan
Scott Flesch
Angela Hinton
Doug Mickle
Cherie Owen

Section Events



Boland, James
Dungan, Che
Flesch, Scott
Hinton, Angela
Mickle, Douglas
Owen, Cherie


Bernstein, Alexis
Burd, Jon
Carey, Jason
Chudd, Daniel
Coleman, Michelle
Conant, Amy
Conant, Amy
Doyle, Gerard
Furin, Timothy
Hertz, Michelle
Herzfeld, Daniel
Hommer, J
Humphrey, Thomas
Jorgensen, Brad
Khoury, Paul
Kraycinovich, Michael
Litteken, Michelle
Manhardt, Kirk
Maramba, Linda
Maravilla, Christopher
Mason, Michael
McCarthy, John
Meene, Richard
Meier, Luke
Nibley, Stuart
Pickens, Annejanette
Ries, Mark
Turetzky, Matthew
Walsh, Brian
Ward, Tara
Weiner, Heather
Witwer, Kathryn

Committee Roster  

Modified by Ernestine Leibas on April 7, 2017

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