Maria Panichelli Presents at Celesq Webinar “Bid Protests 101”

May 15, 2020

Join Obermayer Chair of the Government Contracting department, Maria Panichelli, on May 15, 2020 at a Celesq webinar titled, “Bid Protests 101.”

Today’s federal marketplace is extremely competitive. It is not surprising, then, that protests have become an almost inevitable feature of many procurements. Successful contractors know that they need to understand both sides of the protest process to succeed. They must learn how to use protests to go after the contracts they deserve, when improperly awarded to someone else. At the same time, contractors must be able to defend baseless protests challenging their own awards, brought by disgruntled competitors. Assisting clients with these processes requires a thorough understanding of the complex web of regulations and requirements governing the protest process. In this session, government contracts lawyer Maria Panichelli walks you through the protest process, explaining how to successfully assert and defend bid protests.

Learning objectives:

  • ​Differentiate between bid protests, size protests, and status protests, and understand when to use which
  • Study the procurement timeline, and recognize protest or debrief “trigger” events
  • Learn how to use a debriefing, what types of questions to prepare, and what can, and cannot be covered during the debriefing
  • Recognize common bases for bid protests
  • Understand the who, what, when, where, and how of filing a protest
  • Identify potential defenses to bid protests.


Maria Panichelli focuses her practice exclusively on federal contracts, assisting clients through every stage of the procurement process.  Her approach is to provide comprehensive legal counseling that allows her clients to successfully navigate the complicated legal requirements related to federal contracting while fulfilling their own business goals.  An active member of several federal contracting associations, Maria is a frequent lecturer at agency, government contracting and small business conferences, and works closely with several Procurement Technical Assistance Centers to provide educational content for contractors.