Attorneys

Eduardo S. Lombard

Shareholderelombard@vlplaw.com

A firm Shareholder resident in the Tallahassee office, Ed is a complex commercial litigator with extensive experience in administrative tribunals and federal and state courts. His practice primarily encompasses the representation of companies transacting business with state and local governments, as well as companies in private commercial disputes. With significant experience across a wide variety of industries in government procurement and regulatory matters, Ed counsels clients in all aspects of public procurements from responses to bid solicitations, to bid protests, to performance of public contracts. He also regularly advises clients on regulatory issues affecting their businesses. With experience also in construction law, he has represented owners, contractors, and subcontractors throughout Florida.

During the first seven years of his career, he practiced complex commercial litigation at the Orlando and Miami offices of some of the country’s largest law firms. In 2005, he relocated his practice from Miami (his hometown) to Tallahassee to be at the heart of Florida’s state government. From Tallahassee, Ed serves clients from the Panhandle to Miami, and all places in between.

Ed was born and raised Miami, Florida. He and his wife, Melissa Reboso-Lombard (also a Miami native), have two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid FSU sports fan.


Relevant Experience and Representative Cases

  • Represented one of the nation’s leading computer manufacturers in various public procurement matters
  • Represented national health insurance company in multi-billion dollar protest of Medicaid privatization procurement by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration
  • Represented a Florida state agency in protest of the procurement of multi-billion dollar HMO insurance contracts
  • Represented venture capital firm in breach of contract action against publicly traded banking institution
  • Defended contract award to telecommunications company in bid protest proceeding by competitor for multiyear, multi-million dollar telecom contract with one of Florida’s largest budget agencies
  • Represented construction contractors in bid protest proceedings challenging government contract award decisions
  • Represented Fortune 250 companies from various industries, including IT, health care, and third party administration, in bid protest proceedings — both defending contract awards and challenging awards by local and state government entities
  • Represented individuals and companies in administrative proceedings against state agencies under Florida’s Administrative Procedure Act
  • Represented construction contractor in prosecuting claims for delay against material suppliers and against subcontractors
  • Represented construction contractors in prosecuting claims against local governments for damages resulting from differing site conditions and defective plans
  • Represented paving subcontractor in claims for unpaid contract balance.
  • Represented engineer against professional malpractice claim by owner
  • Defended sureties on payment and performance bonds in a variety of public and private construction projects
  • Represented technology company in prosecuting claims of unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duties, and conspiracy against a competitor and former management-level employees
  • Defended multinational financial institution in action for tortious interference with contract and conspiracy
  • Prosecuted Lanham Act claim for leading insurance company
  • Defended leading securities firms against customer claims for breach of contract, fraud, and securities laws violations
  • Represented litigation committee of Board of Directors of Fortune 500 company in shareholder derivative action
  • Represented investigation committee of publicly traded company regarding internal investigation of whistleblower allegations
  • Represented biotech pharmaceutical company in product licensing dispute
  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in a variety of contract and business disputes

Education

  • Florida State University (J.D., with honors, 1998)
    • Associate Editor, Florida State University Law Review
    • Officer, Florida State University Moot Court Board
  • Florida International University (B.S., 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1998

Court Admissions

  • U. S. District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Publications

  • Author, Bid Dispute Resolution, Florida Administrative Law Manual, 10th Ed. (2015)
  • Author, Bid Dispute Resolution, Florida Administrative Law Manual, 9th Ed. (2012)
  • Co-Author, Bid Protests, Florida Administrative Law Manual, 8th Ed. (2009)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Enforcement of Public Contracts,” Public Contract and Procurement Regulations Seminar, January 2009, Tallahassee, Florida

Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
    • Administrative Law Section
    • Appellate Law Section
    • Member, Florida Bar Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee (2004-2006)

Prior Employment Experience

  • Holland & Knight
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Hunton & Williams

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish