Daniel P. Graham - McDermott Will & Emery


Dan Graham leads the Government Contracts practice. Highly regarded in Government Contracts litigation, Dan Graham has over two decades of experience assisting clients across industry sectors on bid protests, Contract Dispute Act appeals, prime and subcontractor disputes and commercial litigation.

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  • Successfully challenged the award of a $268 million contract by the Department of Defense in a protest at GAO, resulting in the disqualification of the awardee and the award of the contract to the client; successfully defended separate GAO, then COFC protests by the disqualified awardee; and successfully defended the disqualified awardee’s appeal of the COFC decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit*
  • In an agency level protest, persuaded the contracting officer to remove an organizational conflict of interest provision that effectively excluded the client from the competition, and then successfully defended a GAO protest filed by a competitor seeking to reinstate the restrictive provision*
  • Led a team that successfully challenged the award of a $60 million task order by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; after defeating the awardee’s motion to dismiss, the agency took corrective action, allowed the client to submit a revised proposal, and ultimately awarded the client the contract*

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  • Chambers USA, Band 1, Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide), 2021 to 2023; Ranked, 2013 to 2020; “Up and Coming”, 2010 to 2012
  • Legal 500 US, Government: Government Contracts, 2016 to 2021 and 2023
  • Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Top Rated Government Contracts Attorney in Washington, DC, 2013 to 2022


  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Council Member, 2011 to 2014; Co-Chair/Vice-Chair, various committees, 2005 to present
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2011 to 2018
  • George Mason University School of Law, adjunct professor in Government Contracts, 2008 to 2015

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William & Mary Law School, JD, Order of the Coif, 2001
The Johns Hopkins University, BA, 1996

District of Columbia

US Court of Federal Claims
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Supreme Court
US District Court for the District of Columbia
Federal District Court for the District of Maryland
Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia