Andrew Schwartz is a Partner in the Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee offices of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation and Government Contracts practice groups.
His practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation and government contracts. In addition to representing businesses in traditional commercial disputes, Andrew regularly represents businesses contracting with federal government agencies throughout the country, and with state and local government agencies throughout the state of Florida.
Andrew helps clients comply with set-aside (“small,” “local”, “veteran-owned,” etc.) rules and regulations; review solicitations such as invitations for bids and requests for proposals; and meaningfully participate in the “Q&A” process, drafting and submitting bids and proposals as well as negotiating with government agencies. Andrew also assists clients with joint venture agreements, teaming agreements mentor-protégé agreements, and subcontracts.
Andrew regularly navigates clients through the fast-moving and challenging procurement protest process. He has obtained bid protest relief from local procurement departments for small businesses bidding on city contracts worth less than half a million dollars, and successfully defended Florida state agencies in multi-billion-dollar procurement disputes before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (or “DOAH”). Andrew also represents protestors and intervenors in US Government Accountability Office (or “GAO”) bid protests and US Small Business Administration (or “SBA”) size protests and appeals. Andrew also helps clients with change order and termination disputes, and suspension and debarment proceedings.
In law school, Andrew was an extern at the GAO’s Procurement Law Group, where he worked on numerous bid protest and request for reconsideration decisions. He also was a law clerk in Washington, D.C., where he worked on numerous local, state and federal cases in commercial and regulatory litigation.
- Served on the legal team that represented national restaurant franchisee in state court action to enjoin landlord from interfering with client’s use and enjoyment of commercial premises.
- Assisted in obtaining contract for bid protester client by proving competitor submitted fraudulent documents to local agency to secure award.
- Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for a large engineering firm in state-court action on the separate issues of breach of duty and causation in a multi-million-dollar catastrophic injuries case.
- Served on a legal team that helped a client obtain local government contract for a fleet of battery-electric buses. Representation consisted of countering competitor’s lobbying campaign, navigating client through agency’s responsibility review process, assisting client with negotiations with agency, and defending award to client before bid protest hearing officer.
- The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2011
- Brandeis University, B.A., with honors, History, 2008
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- United States Court of Federal Claims
News & Insights
News & Speaking Engagements
- Recognition, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, 9.28.20
- Joseph M. Goldstein and Andrew Schwartz Present "Advanced Florida Bid Protests: The Law and Practical Tips"Event, 9.17.20
- Article, 3.19.20
- Article, 1.28.19
- Article, 5.8.18
- Article, 7.13.17
- Author, “Teaching Doctors to Be Government Contractors: The New Reality at Public Hospitals,” FHI Communications (March 19, 2020)
- Author, Chapter on Florida Procurement Law, American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, "Guide to State Procurement, a 50-State Primer on Purchasing Laws, Processes and Procedures."
- Apparently, You Can’t Have “Too Much” Competition: Florida’s First District Court of Appeals Holds “Multiple Award Procurement” Winner Cannot Protest Awards to OthersFlorida Government Contracts Blog, 12.2.20
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 7.14.20
- Risky Business: Florida’s Government Contractors Should Make Sure Their Contract Modifications Are Valid (a/k/a Don’t Inadvertently Donate Millions of Dollars’ Worth of Work to the Government)Construction Blog, 4.16.20
- Risky Business: Florida’s Government Contractors Should Make Sure Their Contract Modifications Are Valid (a/k/a Don’t Inadvertently Donate Millions of Dollars’ Worth of Work to the Government)Florida Government Contracts Blog, 4.16.20
- How to Keep the Government from Shutting Down Your Jobsite During Coronavirus: Know the Rules and Follow ThemConstruction Blog, 4.14.20
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 2.4.20
- Rock the Boat, Baby – They’ll Get Over It. Contractors Should Use the Q&A Process Strategically and Seriously Consider Spec Challenges.Florida Government Contracts Blog, 1.21.20
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 4.3.19
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 3.4.19
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 10.24.18
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 10.4.17
- That’s Blackmail! Why the Government Cannot Terminate a Contractor for Refusing to Settle a Dispute on Its TermsFlorida Government Contracts Blog, 9.6.17
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 8.8.17
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 11.15.16
- Take Your Shot – Florida Firms Should File Protests When Agencies Deviate from Material RFP RequirementsFlorida Government Contracts Blog, 9.29.16
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 9.15.16
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 9.9.16
- Florida Government Contracts Blog, 9.1.16