Fred Springer possesses comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, public contracts experience. As a private attorney, he has a track record of success at the trial and appellate levels in cases involving contract award and performance issues. Through government service, he understands public sector needs and dynamics. Since joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Springer has represented state and local governments and select private sector clients in complex transactions at all stages (planning, financing, procuring, delivering, litigating). He focuses on all aspects of complex procurements, including administrative challenges, circuit court litigation, and appeals.
Between 2001 and 2006, Mr. Springer served with the Florida Department of Management Services. In the general counsel’s office, he exercised legal oversight of the agency’s contracting divisions and created new methods of contract solicitation and management. He subsequently became Director of State Purchasing, which possesses ultimate authority and accountability for policies and procedures governing executive agency purchasing.
During 2006, he served as interim Deputy Secretary of Operations Support and as interim Executive Director of the Office of Efficient Government, which functioned as a center of excellence for complex outsourcing initiatives. During his tenure with the Department, Mr. Springer worked with leadership across branches of government and across the various knowledge areas necessary to deliver government solutions — budget, legal, procurement, technology, project management, and substantive program areas.
Between 1993 and 2001, Mr. Springer conducted a full range of legal tasks with a private law firm in Florida. His practice focused on public contracts and construction litigation, and included counseling clients, drafting documents and contracts, and prosecuting and defending cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts and specialized tribunals. Between 1991 and 1993, Mr. Springer served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Garrett E. Brown, Jr., in Trenton, New Jersey. He graduated magna cum laude in 1991 from the Villanova University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
College: University of Maryland, College Park – B.S., Business Management, B.A. Philosophy,1987
Law School: Villanova University School of Law – J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, 1991
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
All Florida Courts
The Florida Bar, Administrative Law and Government Lawyer Sections, Member
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law and Litigation Sections, Member
Board of Directors, Emergency Care Help Organization, Inc., Tallahassee, FL
Guest Lecturer, Government Contracts, Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, Summer 2015, 2016
Adjunct Professor, Construction Law, Florida State University School of Law, Tallahassee, FL, Spring 2011
National Association of State Procurement Officials, President’s Award for Outstanding Service, 2006
Mallard v. United States District Court: Attorney May Refuse Federal Judge’s Request to Represent Civil Plaintiff Proceeding In Forma Pauperis, 35 Vill. L. Rev. 1175 (1990).
Technology Contracts (Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, Palm Beach, FL, July 2021)
Procurements (Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Law Certification Review Course, Statewide (virtual), April 2021)
Procurement and Bid Protests (Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section, Advanced Topics Seminar, Tallahassee, FL, May 2019)
Procurement and Bid Protests (Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section, Webinar April 2019)
Florida Ethics Law (Florida League of Cities, various locations, 2016-2019)
Negotiated Procurements in the Public Sector (ABA Section of Public Contract Law, National Webinar, April 2017)
Florida's Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (Florida County and City Managers Association, Marianna, FL, January 2016)
Big Data - Legal Issues (FDOT Data Symposium, Orlando, FL, October 2014)
P3 101- The Basics (Florida Council for Public Private Partnerships, Orlando, FL, May 2014)
Hot Topic – Public Private Partnerships (ABA Section of Public Contract Law, State and Local Procurement Symposium, Asheville, NC, April 2014)
Doing Business and Opportunities with the Government (U.S. Rep. John Mica, Daytona Beach, FL, March 2010)
Best Practices in Procurement Workshop (Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Board of Directors, Miami, FL, February 2010)
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida v. South Florida Water Management District, 48 So. 3d 811 (Fla. 2010)
City of Parker v. State, 992 So. 2d 171 (Fla. 2008) and Bay County v. Town of Cedar Grove, 992 So. 2d 164 (Fla. 2008)
Media General Convergence, Inc. v. Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 840 So. 2d 1008 (Fla. 2003)
Engineering Contractors Ass’n of S. Fla., Inc. v. Broward County, 789 So. 2d 445 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001)
Gore v. Harris, 773 So. 2d 524 (Fla. 2000)
Triple R Paving, Inc. v. Broward County, 774 So. 2d 50 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000)