Abram J. Pafford Partner

Abe is an experienced litigator who represents government contractors across the full spectrum of government contract matters, including litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings and investigations. As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar department, Abe prosecutes claims arising under the Contract Disputes Act, defends against False Claims Act lawsuits initiated by the Department of Justice, and represents protestors and intervenors in pre-award and post-award bid protests before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the GAO.

Abe has also represented government contractors in a variety of administrative settings, including matters relating to the protection of proprietary contractor information under the Freedom of Information Act, the disputed status of contractors and subcontractors under the Small Business Administration’s size regulations, and the defense of contractors facing potential exclusion from federal or state contracting pursuant to agency debarment proceedings.

Abe is also an experienced appellate advocate, having argued more than twenty cases in various state and federal courts of appeal, consistently achieving successful results for clients facing difficult odds. He regularly represents clients in high-stakes settings adverse to the federal government, and helps corporations navigate regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings in the financial services, real estate, energy, and healthcare industries. He has successfully represented witnesses, subjects and targets in federal grand jury investigations, including high-profile cases brought by the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section.

Abe has been an attorney at three law firms, including two in the AmLaw 100. He also managed his own litigation boutique based in Virginia and Washington, DC. In addition, he served as a law clerk to Judge Eric G. Bruggink of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and to Judge D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Lead counsel for property development company in connection with bid protest litigation involving GSA leases for multiple government office buildings in Washington, DC.

Lead counsel for national cannabis enterprise in administrative and appellate litigation defending issuance of retail dispensary licenses in Washington, DC.

Represented leading data analytics company in connection with successful presentation to federal agency debarment officials following settlement with SEC concerning alleged FCPA violations.

Counseled Fortune 100 non-traditional government contractor on export control implications of OTA agreements generating more than $150 million in annual revenue.

Successfully represented Fortune 250 government contractor in avoiding performance disruption under intelligence agency support contracts while achieving no-cost resolution of claims by third-party creditor arising from alleged improper subcontract payments in violation of UCC assignment.

Lead counsel for GSA schedule contractor defending against a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act alleging improper sales to federal agency customers in violation of the Trade Agreements Act.

Advised manufacturer engaged in cutting-edge battery R&D efforts concerning rights in intellectual property and government licenses under government contracts and CRADAs.

Lead role representing medical device manufacturer in inspector general audit following voluntary disclosure by client concerning agency overpayments under federal supply schedule contract.

Lead counsel for technology startup in bet-the-company SEC investigation, achieving resolution that involved no financial penalties while maintaining client’s access to capital markets.

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, with High Honors, Order of the Coif, Member, George Washington Law Review, 1999
  • Liberty University, BS, Government, cum laude, 1996
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Multiple Federal District and Appellate Courts
  • Hon. D. Brooks Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 2004-2005
  • Hon. Eric G. Bruggink, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1999-2000
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