Maria Panichelli to Present “Size and Status Protests: Eligibility, Bases, and Processes”

April 29, 2021

Join Maria Panichelli, Chair of the Government Contracting Department, as she presents a Govology webinar, titled “Size and Status Protests: Eligibility, Bases, and Processes” on Thursday, April 29, 2021. In this panel (after a refresher on the eligibility requirements of the various small business programs), Maria will discuss size and status protests, as well as how these protests are made, the common bases supporting them, and the process that contractors go through – whether asserting or defending – after a protest has been filed.

The webinar will also cover the following topics:

  • The differences between bid protests and size and status protests
  • Eligibility criteria for small, 8(a), HUBZone, VOSB/SDVOSB, and WOSB/EDWOSB programs
  • The common bases for size and status protests, including affiliation and control/ownership issues
  • The size and status protest from both a protestor and a defending contractor’s point of view

Target Audience: Companies pursuing contracting opportunities with the federal government

Maria is a partner and the Chair of the Government Contracting practice group at the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. She focuses her practice exclusively on federal government contracting and procurement, guiding her clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their federal contracts. She provides comprehensive legal counseling, which allows her clients to successfully navigate the complicated legal requirements related to federal contracting while still fulfilling their own business goals.

Maria’s practice includes pre-and post-award bid protests, contract interpretation and performance counseling, the preparation and negotiation of Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims, claims appeal litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Circuit, statutory and regulatory compliance counseling, the negotiation of FAR-compliant subcontracts and the resolution of subcontractor disputes (including the negotiation of liquidating agreements and the use of pass-through claims and Miller Act bond claims), and contract terminations. Maria also counsels clients regarding all aspects of small business procurement. She routinely assists clients with eligibility analyses and certifications, has successfully challenged negative agency findings with regard to clients’ SDVOSB, HUBZone and 8(a) eligibility, and has successfully defeated size and status protests brought by clients’ competitors. Maria has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, as well as helping clients navigate the SBA Mentor-Protégé programs. She has represented a wide variety of government prime and subcontractors including construction contractors, information technology and information system contractors, medical staffing contractors, advisory and assistance services contractors, security contractors, dredging contractors, environmental remediation contractors, and suppliers. These clients are located and work, both across the United States and abroad. Maria has represented her clients before numerous federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Contract Boards of Appeals as well as the Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other state and federal courts.

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