Noah Bleicher is a partner in the firm’s Government Contracts Practice where he represents large and small government contractors in a wide array of complex government contracting matters, including all facets of sophisticated bid protest litigation. Mr. Bleicher draws upon his unique and valuable experience as a senior bid protest hearing officer at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to effectively guide these important matters to strategic wins for his clients. His successful representation in multiple recent bid protests earned him recognition as a 2021 Law360 “Government Contracts MVP.”
While at GAO, Mr. Bleicher adjudicated some of the office’s most complicated bid protests involving both defense and civilian agencies and procurements of all sizes and complexities. His protest experience covers the full spectrum of legal issues involving the award of a contract or the terms of a solicitation, such as technical evaluation challenges, cost and price realism concerns, restrictive specifications, sole-source contracting, small business issues, organizational conflicts of interest, and the conduct of discussions. Mr. Bleicher presided over numerous bid protest hearings, frequently conducted alternative dispute resolution sessions, and regularly resolved protective order and document production disputes. During his tenure in GAO’s Procurement Law Division, he resolved more than 600 bid protests and issued more than 125 published legal decisions. He was promoted to Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Law and served as an Acting Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Law. In these roles, he supervised a team of GAO bid protest hearing officers.
Mr. Bleicher is one of a very small group of former GAO bid protest officials in private practice, and his deep familiarity with the inner workings of the protest process at GAO distinguishes him from most protest practitioners. Mr. Bleicher’s unique perspectives and valuable insights from GAO also allow him to successfully represent clients in sophisticated bid protest litigation at the Court of Federal Claims, the agency-level, the FAA’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, and other protest forums. He has led teams in successful protests of strategically important procurements and effectively defended against challenges to multibillion dollar contract awards.
In addition to Mr. Bleicher’s deep knowledge of the nuances and complexities of bid protest practice, his extensive understanding of the federal acquisition framework allows him to guide clients through a wide range of government contracting matters. From small business and domestic preference issues to other transactions and pandemic-related issues, contractors turn to Mr. Bleicher to help them navigate their most pressing concerns and achieve their business objectives. He also has experience representing clients in suspension and debarment proceedings, pursuing contract claims, and challenging performance assessments. In addition, Mr. Bleicher is able to represent clients navigating all levels of Intelligence Community procurements.
As a thought leader in the government contracts sector, Mr. Bleicher frequently provides training and presentations on bid protest matters. Mr. Bleicher sits on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law and is a former co-chair and now vice chair of the Section’s Bid Protest Committee. Embracing the firm’s commitment to service, Mr. Bleicher maintains an active pro bono practice.