Diana C. Mendez

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Area of Focus: Public-Private Partnerships, Government Contracting
Diana C. Mendez

As a member of Bilzin Sumberg's Public-Private Partnerships (P3) & Government Contracting team, Diana C. Mendez counsels real estate developers, infrastructure companies, transportation companies, design and engineering firms, and diverse concessionaires on matters involving public administrative, procurement, and transactional law. She advises clients through all phases of the government procurement process, including teaming arrangements, proposal preparation, responsiveness and responsibility review, minority and disadvantaged business enterprise certifications, contract negotiations, administrative bid protests, and bid protest litigation. 

Diana’s experience covers some of South Florida’s most complex developments and public-private transactions, including major infrastructure projects, mass transit systems and transportation-related assets, and transit-oriented development. She also represents government contractors (in addition to real estate companies) in bid protest matters.

Q & A
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for government contracting in South Florida?
Certainly, both investment in transportation infrastructure and P3-based transit-oriented developments are going to soar in the years ahead. The urban corridor connecting Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties is growing rapidly demographically and economically. Like many other major metropolitan areas, this corner of Florida will turn to mass transit and greater transit-oriented development to meet the demands of this growth. Whether it’s constructing new rail lines, expanding ports and airports, or developing the residential and commercial nodes that complement them, the industry players pursuing the related procurement opportunities will need a sophisticated understanding of the local business, legal, and political issues involved to achieve success. 
What most excites you about working on P3 projects?
Public-private partnerships are typically complex transactions that have many moving parts to manage and navigate, but because of that complexity, they lend themselves to collaborative approaches at all levels to bring the project to fruition. These transactions require collaboration between the private and public sectors to provide a public good, between numerous stakeholders who reap the long-term benefits of the transaction, and between the multidisciplinary teams that make the project a reality. I find the coordination of the various policy, legal and political issues inherent in every P3 project exciting, but their challenging nature also means that experienced counsel is critical to navigating the nuances of each one. 
  • American University, J.D., cum laude, 2010
    American University, M.A., International Relations, 2010
    Florida International University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, President, 2022-2023
    American Bar Association

    Public Contracts Law Section
      State and Local Procurement Committee, Co-Chair, 2023 - present
      Public Procurement Symposium, Co-Chair, 2023

    The Florida Bar
    Administrative Law Section
    Miami-Dade County
    Commission for Women, Former Board Member
    New Leaders Council
    Miami Chapter, Fellow, 2017
    PACE Center for Girls
    Board of Directors, Member, 2023 - present
    The Florida Bar
    City, County and Local Government Law Section, 2016 - present
    Young Professionals in Infrastructure
    Board Member, 2023
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Government Contracts, 2018 - 2023
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), Leaders in the Law, 2019 - 2020
  • Spanish