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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London and 9 more

Donald Featherstun

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Litigation Department; Construction Practice Group; Government Contracts Practice Group; Commercial Litigation Practice Group; White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Team


National Co-Chair, Seyfarth Shaw LLP White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Team


Mr. Featherstun is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has served as the chair of that office’s Litigation Department. For 35 years his practice has focused on commercial litigation with an emphasis on government contract law. As a result, he has extensive trial and claims preparation experience. He has tried cases in a variety of forums including federal courts, state courts, boards of contract appeals, state administrative bodies, and private arbitrations.


American Bar Association; ABA Section of Public Contract Law; National Contract Management Association


J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1979), International Moot Court Team, Moot Court Board; B.A., Columbia College (1975); Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP 'consistently demonstrates its expertise and value for money' when handling a wide variety of white-collar matters. Based in Chicago, 'efficient' practice co-head Andrew Boutros serves as lead national counsel to an international telecoms company in offensive trade secrets litigation, suing a former employee and his company for matters including stealing trade secrets, conspiracy and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act (RICO). In another matter, the team led an internal investigation for a publicly traded company into an embezzlement scheme, worth approximately $17m, perpetrated by a senior executive. Karen Bitar in New York and San Francisco's Donald Featherstun lead the team alongside Boutros.

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United States: Government

Government contracts

Within: Government contracts

Operating from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC and Atlanta, the ‘extremely skilled’ government contracts team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP has ‘superior knowledge of the government contracting space’, particularly in litigation. In an example from 2017, the team assisted Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which is responsible for the development of a $4.5bn transit center in the middle of San Francisco, in the settlement of claims arising from it. The team is also defending Environmental Chemical Corporation against claims pertaining to the construction of the Military’s first thermal rocket motor treatment facility, which will be used to demilitarize or destroy rocket engines. Other areas of activity including prevailing wage disputes and non-contentious matters such as counseling and transactions. ‘Efficient’ practice head Joseph Dyer provides ‘high-quality support’. San Francisco-based Donald Featherstun acts for a subcontractor in the aerospace sector, which is involved in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning a unique thruster system used on satellites. Associate Edward Arnold is ‘beyond responsive’, ‘knowledgeable’ and communicates ‘in a way that everyone can understand’. Anita Ponder joined Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA in May 2018.

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