W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and former Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. He is recognized a 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 health care 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.
Since 2005, Mr. DeVecchio has been named a leading national practitioner in Government Contract Law by Chambers USA. Quoting from a source, Chambers USA 2014 called Jay: “The best litigator in the country on government contracts and related matters.” He similarly has been named a Top Washington Lawyer in Government Contracts by both The Washington Business Journal (2008) and The Washingtonian, most recently for 2017. His 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.
He 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. Mr. DeVecchio also conducts seminars on diverse subjects including claims, disputes, terminations, and data rights.
Jay DeVecchio has received the following rankings and recognitions:
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