In the business world, problems come in all shapes and sizes. Not every problem can be solved by litigation; in fact, with the high cost of litigating matters today, it is prudent to look for other solutions. In addition, many of the issues facing modern day businesses arise from government and the need to deal with government. There again, litigation is not an option.
The business client that does not understand the value of governmental consultants is at an extreme disadvantage. The law firm that does not understand the importance of government solutions and doesn’t offer consulting services leaves its clients without an important arrow in their quiver of resources.
Steven Anderson has practiced law for almost 4 decades. Much of that time has been spent in government service, representing many governmental units and agencies. For instance, he has served as general counsel to the Tampa Port Authority, The Tampa Sports Authority, The Hillsborough County Property Appraiser and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority, in addition to serving as special counsel to many other governmental units. Through that representation, he has developed unique and keen insights into governmental operations, personnel and thought processes. Today, this serves his corporate and industrial clientle well.
When a government procures services or products, a failure to fully understand what the governmental unit needs and wants can be fatal. A failure to fully comply with bid requirements and local ordinances can turn a winning bid or response into a loser. Mr. Anderson consults with business and industry regularly on large and complex RFPs, ITBs, RFNs and other procurements. His knowledge of the Florida Sunshine Law, Public Records Law and Ethics Laws give him immediate credibility. In high value, highly competitive situations, his advice has often made the difference.
PROTESTS AND APPEALS
Sometimes winning the procurement at the staff level is just the beginning. Governing boards can and do re-order short lists, reject staff recommendations and make their own decisions. Mr. Anderson has worked with almost every board in the West Central Florida area, as well as with agencies at the state and regional levels.
He has also handled many procurement protests. In this arena, his knowledge and skills as a lawyer and consultant places him in a uniquely qualified position among his peers.
Businesses often are frustrated with the process of negotiating a deal with governmental units. Here again, Steve Anderson has been on both sides of that table and understands what it takes to bring a deal all the way home. He has negotiated many complex and sensitive transactions involving city, county, state, agency and regional units. His abilities in this and other governmental arenas have undoubtedly been factors in his being named by his peers as a Governmental Super Lawyer and among America’s Best Lawyers in Government matters several times.
STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES
Mr. Anderson’s experience in government extends far beyond the local level. He frequently deals with issues before State and Federal agencies, such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Management Services, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Revenue, the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corp. of Engineers and others.
AN IMPORTANT TEAM MEMBER
Mr. Anderson has worked as a team member frequently with engineers, architects, media consultants, lobbyists and other lawyers. He and his staff are available to serve as a valuable member of your team today.