Lacey D. Corona has been actively involved in the public bid and proposal sector on some of the State’s largest infrastructure, transportation and development projects, including but not limited to:
- Special counsel to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) on its 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Program involving $3.2 billion in infrastructure development, including a new international airport terminal, All Aboard Florida high-speed rail and terminal, related improvements and transportation infrastructure, providing development of procurement plans, contract documents, risk and claims management and preparing GMP agreements.
- Counsel to Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) for its construction-related procurements and contracts, including planning and drafting the construction manager at risk procurement document and contracts for the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center project, a multi-modal hub that integrates Skyway Automated People Mover services, Bus Rapid Transit services, Intercity Bus services, JTA’s administrative offices and potential future commuter rail service.
- General Construction Counsel to GOAA, assisting with its annual expenditure of in excess of $500 million in design, consulting and construction for local, state and federally-funded projects.
- Counsel to St. Lucie County, Florida, on a New York Mets stadium project, on a public-private partnering relationship, drafting agreements and handling procurement of trades.
- Counsel to bidding team on Florida’s proposed, $2.5+ billion high-speed rail project, providing advice and guidance on procurement and contract issues (local, state and federal).
Corona is experienced in handling bid protests and related litigation on major public works projects, including:
- Achieving complete victory on two of the largest federal court bid protest suits in Florida in 2013:
- defending Orlando International Airport in a protest over a $220 million dollar automated people system procurement; and, defending the Osceola County Expressway Authority over a $70 million design-build, public-private works project, which was the lynchpin to a local expressway authority’s ten-year capital improvement program.
- Representing a Private Service Network Medicaid provider in a $1 billion bid protest against Florida’s agency for Health Care Administration, prevailing at the Department of Administrative Hearings and achieving a winning result for the client.
- Successfully defending the winning bidder against a bid protest brought by Motorola involving a $20 million digital public safety radio system contract in Bay County.
Corona works on a range of issues on private and public works projects, including requirements and exemptions to Florida’s open government or “Sunshine” Laws; how the Consultants’ Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA) relates to the procurement of design-build-operate-maintenance contracts; when a project is exempt from the CCNA; limitations on individual design professional liability; FDOT prequalification; and general contractor, architect and engineering licensing requirements and applicability.
Corona is also well-versed in all phases of litigation regarding commercial and partnership disputes, construction litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property and trade secret disputes and general business litigation matters.
She has successfully litigated cases involving federal trademarks and trade dress; the Fair Housing Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and federal and state race, age and gender discrimination claims, including winning rulings from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.