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Helping you compete for business

If your company is pursuing government contracts and you have decided to file a bid protest or intervene in one, experience matters. You need a team of lawyers with extensive experience bringing and defending pre-award and post-award federal and state bid protests — especially given the complicated and tight deadlines to file a protest.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig knows how to navigate the complexities of the bid protest process. Our team, located in and near Washington, D.C., includes former government lawyers (with the NSA, DoD, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marines), government contractors, and attorneys with decades of experience handling bid protests.

Our experience with bid protests

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s attorneys have advised government contractors and those seeking government contracts on all stages of a bid protest. Our law firm has represented clients before federal and state agencies and in various forums, including the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Because the bid protest process is not one-size-fits-all, we will work with you to make the best determination and advocate aggressively on your behalf. We regularly counsel clients on the advisability of a bid protest. Lodging a protest is not always in your best interest, may not be economically sensible, or may not make sense to file based on other circumstances. Still, even if the basis for the protest is less than favorable, we may be able to file a strategic protest.

Not only have our government contract attorneys brought and defended a variety of bid protests, but we have also defended our clients’ awards in protests brought by unsuccessful offerors. In those instances, we work closely with agency and Department of Justice counsel to defend the award.

What we do

  • Submit questions to a government agency regarding the solicitation
  • Counsel on options after receipt of an unsuccessful notice of award letter
  • Request debriefings/brief explanations for award and submit questions
  • Counsel on protest filing timelines
  • Analyze bid protest viability, explaining the protest process and expectations
  • File bid protests at the agency level
  • File bid protests and requests to intervene with the GAO
  • File bid protests and requests to intervene with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • File appeals with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit



Mary Pat Buckenmeyer


Thomas Dunlap


David Ludwig


Jennifer Morris



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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.