W. Jay DeVecchio

W. Jay DeVecchio

Education

Duke University (B.A., 1974)
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1978)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Jay is a litigator and former Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. He is a recognized leader in the field of intellectual property rights in government contracts, a subject on which he has testified as an expert and teaches nationwide. More broadly, clients from the aerospace, technology, and healthcare sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law—from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and debarment. He also represents clients in related issues, such as criminal and civil fraud, qui tam actions, and internal investigations.

Jay’s litigation successes include defeating a major qui tam action in a jury trial, prevailing in one of the largest defective pricing appeals tried to date, enjoining the Department of Defense for an improper debarment, winning the leading case on latent defects in government contracts, and achieving victory in the Eleventh Circuit’s decision on false claims immunity for Medicare contractors.

Jay has been a guest instructor at the University of Virginia, the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program, and the American University Washington College of Law. He also conducts seminars on diverse subjects including claims, disputes, terminations, and data rights.

Jay DeVecchio has received the following rankings and recognitions:

  • Chambers USA 2005–2018: Government Contracts
  • Legal 500 US 2018: Government Contracts
  • Who’s Who Legal 2015–2017: Public Procurement
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers 2013-2015: Government Contracts
  • The Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer 2009-2018
  • The Washington Business Journal 2008: A Top Washington Lawyer in Government Contracts

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