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Vinson & Elkins LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-1701
United States
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Work Department

Government Contracts, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, and National Security Reviews (CFIUS)




Dave Johnson leads the Government Contracts/Export Controls and Economic Sanctions practice. He works with companies of all sizes and in all industries to resolve contract disputes with the government and to manage legal complications that may arise from exports as well as inbound foreign investment.

Dave has served as lead counsel on matters involving an array of government agencies. He prepared one of the largest claims ever prosecuted against the U.S. Air Force and has handled matters listed in the Government Accountability Office’s “Significant GAO Bid Protest Decisions” guide. His extensive government contracts experience also includes counseling on compliance and financial assistance agreements.

Dave’s work on export controls, economic sanctions, and national security matters over many years has involved the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the sanctions regimes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He has substantial experience in licensing, internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, and resolving allegations of export and sanctions violations. Dave has defended clients in major enforcement actions involving the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and OFAC.

Dave has also handled numerous transactions involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and mitigation of foreign ownership, control and influence (FOCI) under the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) with the Defense Security Service (DSS).

Dave’s wealth of experience across the federal government contracting and regulatory framework involving critical technologies and national security issues enables him to provide practical advice in difficult circumstances.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Government > Government contracts

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s government contracts group has extensive experience in high-stakes bid protests and claims litigation for a impressive blue-chip client base across the IT, healthcare, construction, aerospace and defence, and professional services industries. Alongside this strong practice, the group is adept at handling complex cost accounting matters, M&A, contract litigation, suspension and debarment proceedings, export control and economic sanctions, False Claims Act suits, and investigations. Offering a multidisciplinary approach across the overall firm’s complementary practices, the public procurement practice is headed by David Johnson, who maintains a focus on litigation. Jamie Tabb is notable in the team, covering all contracting matters and particularly strong in federal contracts. Tyler Robinson is a key name in the group for bid protests and compliance issues. Elizabeth McIntyre is notable for economic sanctions and export controls. Former practice co-head Daniel Graham  left the practice in 2021. All practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Comparative Guides

United States: Public Procurement January 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Public Procurement laws and regulations that may occur in United States.