Procurement & Government Contracts

Conrad & Scherer’s procurement and government contracts practice provides representation and guidance through the complex procurement/public bid process at the city and county levels, as well as with quasi-governmental entities. Our attorneys are exceedingly well-versed in the state and local rules involved with government contracts, and they are prepared to guide clients through the review and analysis of procurement documents, assist in the drafting of responses to Requests for Proposals/Invitations to Bid, provide presentations to selection committees, and negotiate final contracts. In the event litigation is required to protect a client’s rights, we take a team-oriented, multidisciplinary approach that draws upon our firm’s vast litigation experience.

  • JOHN J. SCHERER
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    JOHN J. SCHERER
    Partner
    JOHN J. SCHERER
    EDUCATION
    • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad law Center, Juris Doctor, 2004
    • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction, Bachelor of Science, 2000
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • Florida Bar, 2004
    BIOGRAPHY:

    John Scherer is a partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Mr. Scherer’s government relations practice focuses on providing clients throughout South Florida with strategic counsel on procurement and government contract issues. Mr. Scherer focuses his litigation practice on construction and land use litigation.

    As a Certified General Contractor with significant experience in construction, Mr. Scherer is able to serve the firm’s clients either as special counsel or as an expert witness on large complex commercial and residential construction cases.

    In addition to his role at Conrad & Scherer, Mr. Scherer is the President and Owner of Gulf Building and Gulf Design Group. Mr. Scherer’s experience at Gulf affords his clients the benefit of his business acumen and his hands-on knowledge of construction, development and government contracts.

    Community Involvement/Affiliations
    • Broward County Enterprise Zone Board, Board Member, 2013 to present
    • City of Fort Lauderdale, Economic Advisory, Board Member, 2013 to present
    • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Council, Board Member, 2013 to present
    • Florida Building Commission, Board Member, Governor Crist Appointee, 2009 to present
    • Construction Association of South Florida, 2006 to present
    • Board of Directors for Associated Builders and Contractors, Southeast FL Division, Director, 2006 to 2012
    • Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Chapter, Member, 2006 to 2012
    • Unsafe Structures Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Board Member, 2006 to 2012
    Awards/Recognitions
    • Named “Top 40 Under 40” by South Florida Business Journal, 2014
    • Named “Top 40 Professionals Under 40 – Broward County Rising Stars” by Gold Coast Magazines, 2009
  • MICHAEL E. DUTKO, JR.
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    MICHAEL E. DUTKO, JR.
    Partner
    MICHAEL E. DUTKO, JR.
    EDUCATION
    • Florida State University, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2009
    • Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, 2006
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • Florida, 2009
    BIOGRAPHY:

    Michael E. Dutko, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Mr. Dutko’s practice focuses on government relations and public policy, procurement and government contracts, zoning, land use and development, land use and real property litigation and general commercial and civil litigation.

    Mr. Dutko has extensive experience in the field of local government law, representing developers and builders in private practice as well as having served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Delray Beach. In addition to providing legal services on a wide range of local government matters, he also served as the City’s board counsel for the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board, Historic Preservation Board, Code Enforcement Board, Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Board and City Commission, guiding each body through the consideration of complex legal and controversial matters.

    In particular, Mr. Dutko worked closely with the City’s Planning and Zoning Department regarding the review and processing of applications for development in the City, which is widely regarded as one of South Florida’s premier locations. In addition to land development and zoning work, Mr. Dutko was a primary attorney responsible for the preparation of government contracts, review and drafting of solicitations for competitive procurements, ethics and Sunshine Law consultation, and labor and collective bargaining negotiations. Mr. Dutko was the City’s chief litigator in lawsuits arising during his tenure, including but not limited to writs of certiorari, negligence actions and ballot challenges.

    Prior to the City of Delray Beach, Mr. Dutko served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office. There, he gained significant and valuable jury trial experience in cases ranging from driving under the influence to first degree murder. While at the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Dutko was selected to join the office’s Public Corruption Unit, leading a team of investigators and prosecuting complex crimes committed by public employees, police officers, and elected officials. In addition to numerous other high profile and highly publicized cases, Mr. Dutko led Palm Beach County’s first successful prosecution to trial verdict of violations of Florida’s Sunshine Law, involving a city commission’s attempt to secretly authorize unlawful payments to a city manager.

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