Procurement

Procurement

Overview

The Schiff Hardin Construction Law Group works with corporate clients and governmental agencies to streamline their procurement operations from inception to award, helping achieve a high degree of success for the projects involved. We offer advice on procurement and bidding strategies, and provide business and legal counsel to our clients’ in-house purchasing and procurement departments.

Our procurement model is highly regarded in the industry, as a number of the projects on which our attorneys provided counsel received specialized industry awards for project of the year. Over the past decade alone, the Schiff Hardin Construction Law Group has work on major procurement projects across the country providing advice on the RFP process and negotiating contracts totaling more than $15 billion.

Tailor-Made Programs to Suit Each Client’s Business Needs

We offer legal strategies on managing purchasing, procurement and bidding that are truly unique in the construction industry. As a result of decades of “working in the trenches” directly with our clients’ procurement and purchasing departments, the Construction Law Group attorneys understand how crucial the procurement process is to a successful construction project. Combining that knowledge with our legal experience in contract preparation/negotiation and dispute resolution allows our team to provide a specialized procurement plan for each and every client. These tailor-made programs are designed to suit the client’s business needs and to ensure the completion of a successful project.

As counselors and advisers, our role is to provide innovative and creative solutions to the problems our clients encounter in procurement and purchasing. We work directly with the people in the field, in-house counsel and management to learn our client’s needs. From there, we assist in developing a robust procurement strategy addressing the client’s goals, and then help prepare the RFP and related contracts. This is followed by a rigorous vetting process designed to narrow down the field to the best-matched candidates for a given project.  Transparency is also a key element of a successful procurement process, and our attorneys know that corporate clients and governmental agencies often must answer to more than internal selection committees. Finally, when the candidates are selected for the award, our team leads the contract negotiations, bringing the process full circle.

A Team Approach to Ensure Continuity of Service

Our attorneys are driven to get to the bottom of problems and seek out resolutions that meet our client’s overall strategic goals. We also emphasize working in teams, as that approach ensures continuity of service for client matters, from beginning to conclusion. By being involved from the outset of the procurement process through negotiation and award, our lawyers are better able to prevent problems from occurring as the project moves forward. For issues that do arise, the Construction Law Group team is able to quickly provide solutions using the knowledge acquired beginning with the procurement and contract negotiation process. This is a tangible, value-added service that helps avoid the delays and inefficiencies that arise when attorneys are brought in only after problems surface.

Extensive Experience Working with Government Agencies

Our procurement methods and emphasis on transparency as a part of that process is an added bonus for clients in the government sector. Our attorneys have counseled governmental agencies on ways to update or retool their procurement process, how to defend against bid protests, and even how to more thoroughly vet candidates responding to the RFP at hand. Understanding that the public is the final group that must be protected, our construction attorneys work with governmental clients to maximize benefits of the procurement and RFP process, while also protecting against unwanted protests.

As a part of our risk assessment services, we are often asked to serve as independent counsel to review an agency’s procurement process and evaluate whether making an award for a given project could lead to future challenges. This again helps clients avoid conflict in the future through solutions in the present.