Daniel Graham Joins V&E's Government Contracts Practice As Partner

Aug 24, 2015, 09:00 ET from Vinson & Elkins LLP

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Veteran Government Contracts litigator Daniel P. Graham has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where he will help lead V&E's Government Contracts team.

Graham comes to V&E from Wiley Rein LLP, where he handled bid protests, claims by and against the Government, prime/subcontractor disputes, and commercial litigation for clients from a broad cross-section of industry, including the health care, information technology, aerospace and defense, and construction sectors.

"Dan is a well-respected and talented attorney who brings a wealth of experience and insight to our Government Contracts practice," said Jim Thompson, head of V&E's Global Litigation Department. "His ability to handle complex bid protests and cost accounting issues will add depth to our impressive Government Contracts practice where we have every confidence he will continue to succeed."

Graham, who is ranked in Chambers USA, Government Contracts (Nationwide) 2010-2015, has litigated cases before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Boards of Contract Appeals, as well as before Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals across the country.

In addition to his litigation practice, Graham counsels clients on potential contract disputes and protest challenges, mergers and acquisitions, business restructures and reorganizations, accounting practice changes, and internal investigations. He also advises clients on compliance with ethics laws and regulations, including post-employment restrictions applicable to government employees.

"V&E has an established and highly-regarded Government Contracts group that is part of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary complex commercial litigation practice," said Graham. "I'm eager to begin this next chapter of my career with the V&E Government Contracts team and to work with such a deep and talented bench of commercial litigators."

Graham's more notable matters include serving as lead counsel in a series of proceedings involving the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange; the successful defense of a half dozen protests before GAO and the COFC regarding Medicare administrative services contracts collectively worth over $1 billion; and the defense of an award to AECOM Services Inc. of one of four contracts awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a combined value of up to $2 billion.  Graham has also litigated multiple appeals before the Boards of Contract Appeals involving complex cost accounting disputes.

"Dan embodies the qualities of a V&E partner. He is a real leader, a team player and very ambitious," said Michael Charness, Managing Partner of V&E's Washington, D.C. office. "Several of our partners have had the opportunity to work with Dan in the past and can't say enough about his character and work ethic. We couldn't be happier that he's joining the firm."

Graham currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law's Health Care Contracting Committee. He is also an Associate Editor for the ABA's Public Contract Law Journal.

Before embarking into private practice, Graham served as a law clerk for Judge D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2003 to 2004, and for U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Christine Odell Cook Miller from 2001 to 2002.

Graham earned his law degree from William & Mary Law School and holds a bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

With more than 250 trial lawyers located in offices across the globe, V&E's Litigation Department has experience litigating major disputes covering multiple jurisdictions and devising innovative methods to resolve those disputes. Recognized as an "awesome opponent" in litigation by BTI's Litigation Outlook 2015, the team's seasoned attorneys have substantial experience in jury and bench trials in the federal and state courts when litigation is necessary, as well as before administrative agencies and in arbitration.

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