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D. GRAYSON YEARGIN

Grayson Yeargin concentrates his practice on guiding his clients through government investigations and assisting them with compliance with government requirements. He represents government contractors, companies in the private sphere and individuals involved in disputes with the government. He also helps them grow their business by providing regulatory and compliance advice.

What do you focus on?

I focus my work on defending clients in government investigations and counsel them on how to avoid these disputes.

Government Investigations of Government Contractors and Contractor Compliance

A large part of my practice involves helping those who do business with the government navigate through False Claims Act (“FCA”) investigations, fraud investigations or other inquiries launched into bidding practices, contract negotiation, performance or compliance with contracts, statutes or regulations. I work with contractors and grant recipients from a wide variety of fields, including technology, medical devices, defense, national security, research, universities, government relations, lobbying and nonprofit. Much of my work involves advocating for contractors with contracting offices, Inspector General offices, Suspension and Debarment offices and Department of Justice attorneys. I also defend my clients in court, including Federal District Courts and the Court of Federal Claims.

Global Business Compliance

A significant portion of my practice consists of working with companies regarding the many requirements that attach to international business. These include export controls (such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”)), sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (“OFAC”), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”). I advocate for and have assisted companies, universities, research organizations, individuals and many others working through the complex requirements of doing business, exchanging information and transferring technology on a global scale.

Contractors in National Security/Defense Field

My practice also involves advising companies on the legal and regulatory compliance requirements that arise in the National Security and Defense industries. My experience working with the requirements that attach to facility security clearances, classified information and Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (“FOCI”) determinations allows me to help companies ensure that they can take full advantage of the lucrative opportunities in this space.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see the continuation of a drastic increase in the partnership between government and private industry. Entrepreneurial individuals and companies will continue to push our country forward and the government is right to take advantage of developing talent and technology. This space represents a huge opportunity for companies and people with the right drive and skill, but it also carries huge risks. How companies and the government balance the risks, protections and upside of these partnerships will drive the future of not only working with the government, but also of technological advances in general.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented a government contractor in a False Claims Act matter that resulted in dismissal with prejudice prior to any discovery.
    Successfully represented a government contractor in a False Claims Act matter that resulted in dismissal with prejudice prior to any discovery.

  • Successfully represented a government contractor in a False Claims Act matter that resulted in an extremely favorable settlement for a client. The matter settled prior to any discovery.
    Successfully represented a government contractor in a False Claims Act matter that resulted in an extremely favorable settlement for a client. The matter settled prior to any discovery.

  • Currently representing potential grant recipient in litigation against the Department of Treasury in the Court of Federal Claims.
    Currently representing potential grant recipient in litigation against the Department of Treasury in the Court of Federal Claims.

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  • Successfully appealed an adverse decision of the Small Business Administration to sustain a HUBZone protest against our client, securing our client's multi-million dollar contract award.
    Successfully appealed an adverse decision of the Small Business Administration to sustain a HUBZone protest against our client, securing our client's multi-million dollar contract award.

  • Assisted several large, multinational companies in their efforts to enhance their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance policies.
    Assisted several large, multinational companies in their efforts to enhance their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance policies.

  • Successfully negotiated a favorable plea agreement for a client who was indicted by the United States government for exporting sensitive dual-use items.
    Successfully negotiated a favorable plea agreement for a client who was indicted by the United States government for exporting sensitive dual-use items.

  • Successfully coordinated an internal investigation of a public company that discovered that some of its products were transshipped to an embargoed country.
    Successfully coordinated an internal investigation of a public company that discovered that some of its products were transshipped to an embargoed country. This matter involved an investigation into issues handled by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of Treasury.

  • Successfully assisted in the coordination of an internal investigation of a large, public company concerning potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.
    Successfully assisted in the coordination of an internal investigation of a large, public company concerning potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.

  • Provided advice to companies and lobbying firms concerning laws governing lobbying and registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act
    Provided advice to companies and lobbying firms concerning laws governing lobbying and registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Media Clips

  • Court Weighs Procedural Safeguards for Audio Playbacks to Jury
    American Bar Association Litigation News | April 4, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses the impact of a court decision regarding replayed audio recordings.
  • Latest Ukraine-Related Sanctions Likely Won't Be The Last
    Law360 | March 18, 2014
    Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Government Relations counsel Doug Dziak discuss the likely series of government sanctions in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  • Capitalizing on Compliance
    Investigations Quarterly | February 6, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin co-authored this column discussing how private equity firms can prevent exposure and uncover value under government scrutiny.
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  • Changes To License Exceptions Ease Way For Exporters
    Law360 | July 31, 2013
    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys, including Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson and partner Grayson Yeargin, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column focused on changes to license exceptions that will make it easier for companies to export items abroad.
  • Shock to the Heart: Who's To Blame? That ICD Could Mean a False Claim
    Becker's Hospital Review | July 11, 2013

    Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners David Feldman and Grayson Yeargin and associate Emily Harlan authored this column addressing increased scrutiny under the False Claims Act.

  • Export Reform: Understanding License Exception SAT
    Law360 | June 24, 2013

    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys, including Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column discussing the requirements of revised License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization (STA).

  • What Exporters Need To Do Before Oct. 15
    Law360 | May 23, 2013

    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys including Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column discussing the activities exporters need to undertake now in order to ensure they have the proper export classifications, licenses, and policies in place by October, when the first round of the Export Control Reform Initiative takes effect.

  • A New Procedural Trend in Qui Tam FCA Cases
    Law360 | May 17, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Conor Harris authored this article focused on a rising tide of whistleblower claims, which has spawned a new procedural development in qui tam actions under the False Claims Act.

  • A Roadmap for Navigating the Revised USML And CCL
    Law360 | May 17, 2013

    This contributed article authored by Washington, DC, attorneys Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity associate Nick Rosenberg provides a roadmap of how to classify an item under the revised U.S. Munitions List and the revised Commerce Control List when the rules go into effect in October.

  • Export Controls Reform: Understanding the 600 Series
    Law360 | May 2, 2013

    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys, including Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg, co-authored this column discussing the introduction of the “600 series,” which changes the rules applicable to companies that have items listed on the U.S. Munitions List.

  • Export Controls Reform Has Arrived
    Law360 | April 22, 2013

    Washington, DC  government investigations & white collar defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, global business & transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero and private equity & investment funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column discussing the new rules and regulations implementing the multiyear Export Control Reform Initiative.

  • Beyoncé, Jay-Z's Cuba Trip Highlights Embargo Restrictions
    White Collar Law360 | April 9, 2013

    This guest article written by Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson focuses on licensing requirements for travel to Cuba.

  • Can Employers Force Arbitration of FCA Retaliation Claims?
    White Collar Law360 | April 4, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Emily Harlan co-authored this column addressing whether a company can compel arbitration when a former employee brings a retaliation claim against the company under the False Claims Act.

  • GCs Say FCPA Fears Spur More Careful Dealmaking
    Law360 | February 25, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses why corporate buyers need to be on high alert for bribery and corruption in overseas acquisitions as merger activity picks up.

  • A Broad Reading of FCPA's Jurisdiction over Foreign Cos.
    Law360 | February 19, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson authored this column discussing how a recent and rare court ruling regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act could clear the way for increased prosecutions of foreign nationals.

  • Do You Know What Your Sub is Doing? New Legislation Expands Iran Sanctions to Subsidiaries
    Bloomberg BNA's Daily Report for Executives | August 24, 2012

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson authored this article discussing legislation providing sanctions to prohibit foreign subsidiaries with U.S. parent companies from transacting with Iran or Iranian persons.

  • Limiting Availability of Interlocutory Appeals Regarding Privilege
    ABA Litigation News | August 16, 2012

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin provides commentary on a Court of Appeals’ decision narrowly construing the doctrine announced in Perlman v. United States.

  • Record Penalties for Fraud, Few Charges for Executives
    New York Times | August 7, 2012

    Washington, DC, government investigations and white collar defense partner Grayson Yeargin provides third-party legal commentary in this article discussing False Claims Act cases and why charges are more likely to be brought against corporations rather than individuals.

  • The Pitfalls of Parallel Proceedings
    ABA Litigation News | April 1, 2012

    This article, coauthored by Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson, discusses the rise of parallel proceedings in white-collar matters and the key issues.

  • Ninth Circuit Sets Limits on Breaking Jury Deadlock
    American Bar Association Litigation News | September 1, 2011

    This article discusses a Ninth Circuit decision finding that permitting supplemental arguments to the jury on issues identified by the jury as causing a deadlock is an impermissible intrusion on the jury’s role. Co-chair of the Section of Litigation’s Criminal Litigation Committee and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin provides commentary.

  • Pentagon Issues New Rule for Contractor Business Systems
    Washington Post | June 5, 2011
    This feature article discusses the Defense Department’s new rule designed to ensure that contractor business systems comply with government requirements for which they were recently interviewed. Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar partner Grayson Yeargin provides commentary.

Ideas

New "final" OFCCP rules for veterans and the disabled significantly affect existing contractors and their subcontractors
Government Contracts Alert | April 4, 2014

U.S. ramps up sanctions in response to Crimea crisis
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | March 28, 2014

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U.S. sanctions Russian and Ukrainian officials after Crimea vote
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | March 17, 2014

Supreme Court interprets Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection to reach employees of public company's private contractors
Financial Services Alert | March 6, 2014

Court rejects FCA liability theory based on FDA manufacturing standards
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 4, 2014

Expansive False Claims Act Theories Gain Traction in Eighth Circuit Ruling
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | October 22, 2013

Second Circuit ruling narrows double jeopardy protections in honest services prosecutions
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | August 21, 2013

Diving into E-Data, Second Circuit provides guidance regarding searches of computers
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | July 22, 2013

Exceptions to the rules: changes to license exceptions for temporary exports and replacement parts ease way for exporters
Export Controls Alert | July 12, 2013

Strategically narrow: revised export License Exception STA
Export Controls Alert | June 6, 2013

"Special" Delivery: The Export Control Reform Initiative and the creation of a single, regulatory definition of "specially designed"
Export Controls Alert | May 31, 2013

Getting your ducks in a row: exporters should prepare now for changes in export controls set for October
Export Controls Alert | May 16, 2013

A roadmap of how to navigate the recent changes to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List (CCL)
Export Controls Alert | May 10, 2013

The 600 Series: As part of Export Control Reform, the U.S. government shifts former Munitions List items to a new category on the Commerce Control List
Export Controls Alert | May 1, 2013

Hospitals and other providers of medical services and devices may find themselves subject to federal contractor requirements
Health Law Alert | April 25, 2013

Government's increased use of noncommittal intervention filings complicates qui tam proceedings under the False Claims Act
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | April 18, 2013

Spare change and spare parts: U.S. government publishes rules implementing Export Controls Reform Initiative
Export Controls Alert | April 17, 2013

"Can I get a . . ." OFAC license? Beyoncé and Jay-Z's travel to Cuba highlights embargo's restrictions
Export Controls Alert | April 9, 2013

Court affirms extended window for fraud claims during war
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 29, 2013

What gets trebled? Seventh Circuit joins circuit split in deciding whether to use "gross" or "net" trebling
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 27, 2013

Can employers force arbitration of False Claims Act retaliation claims?
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 25, 2013

Step carefully when making campaign contributions: DOJ and FEC continue to prosecute improper contributions
Inside The Beltway | March 20, 2013

U.S. government launches effort to reform and streamline export controls
Export Controls Alert | March 12, 2013

Clear as jade: OFAC's new general license still leaves ambiguity for U.S. companies doing business in Myanmar
Export Controls Alert | March 4, 2013

Baksheesh, Refresco or Podmazyvat: A bribe by any other name can still get you prosecuted in the United States
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | February 15, 2013

D.C. Circuit sharpens definition of honest services fraud
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | February 14, 2013

Interpreting FERA's "claims" as "cases," Sixth Circuit finds retroactivity and deepens circuit split
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | November 26, 2012

Sixth Circuit limits reach of False Claims Act in case involving regulatory ambiguity
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | November 2, 2012

Over a barrel: new sanctions from the president and Congress seek to further isolate Iran and expand extraterritorial reach of embargo
Export Controls Alert | August 7, 2012

Fourth Circuit links "arm-of-the-state" analysis to False Claims Act
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | June 22, 2012

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