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Daniel Graham

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Government Contracts




Dan is the Administrative Partner in Charge of the Government Contracts group. His practice focuses on government contracts, bid protests, Contract Disputes Act appeals, prime/subcontractor disputes, and commercial litigation.

Dan 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.

Additionally, Dan’s practice involves Government cost accounting matters, identifying and resolving organizational and personal conflicts of interest, suspension and debarment proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, business restructures and reorganizations, and internal investigations. Dan also advises clients on compliance with ethics laws and regulations, including post-employment restrictions applicable to government employees.

Dan is committed to pro bono service, and has successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in several Veterans’ benefits cases. He is a certified Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt, and uses the LLSI process and project management approach to deliver increased value.


  • Board of Directors: Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA), 2011-present
  • Council Member: American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law, 2011-2014
  • Co-Chair: American Bar Association Health Care Contracting Committee, 2012-present
  • Associate Editor, Public Contract Law Journal
  • Vice-Chair: American Bar Association Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee, 2005-present
  • Member: ABA Services Contracting Best Practices Task Force, 2011


  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2001 (Order of the Coif)
  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.S., 1996
  • Admitted to practice: Virginia; District of Columbia; Maryland; U.S. Supreme Court; the Federal Circuit; the COFC; Federal District Court for the District of Maryland

United States: Government

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Washington DC-based Vinson & Elkins LLP¬†‚Äėtakes a very practical approach‚Äô when advising clients in the aerospace and defense, healthcare, engineering and construction, professional services and IT industries on its signature areas of bid protests and claims litigation. In a recent win, co-head David Johnson¬†represented Financial Management Systems in a bid protest over debt collection services over the Department of Education‚Äôs $1.4tn student loan portfolio before the Court of Federal Claims. The team also handles cost accounting matters, M&A, subcontract negotiation, False Claim Act matters, as well as suspension and debarment proceedings. Daniel Graham¬†is the other co-head. ‚ÄėSmart, collegial and tireless‚Äô Jamie Tabb, who¬†was promoted to partner in December 2018, handles all work for key client BAE System, including bid protests; Tabb was successful for BAE as an intervenor in a protest filed by PwC concerning the decision of the Department of Homeland Security to award a $46m¬†task order for BAE to provide cybersecurity support services. Other clients include Boeing, KPMG and Johnson Contracts. Senior associate Tyler Robinson¬†is another name to note.

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