Dean Dilley, former chairman of Patton Boggs’ Business Law practice group, advises clients on matters involving international transactions, government contracts, and litigation. His clients include foreign companies and sovereign governments with interests in the United States, US companies with interests abroad, prominent research universities and government contractors.

    Dean represents foreign governments in connection with international commercial transactions, international arbitration and litigation, military procurement matters, and defense cooperation agreements with the US. This work has included multinational litigation on behalf of sovereign states and public officials; contract negotiations for large infrastructure projects, health care, and education facilities, including cross-border university collaborations; negotiating and administering bilateral military access agreements; legal issues concerning the transfer of weapons, US military aid, and the funding of joint-use military infrastructure; US export control issues; renegotiation of foreign military sales debt; legal issues arising under Status of Forces Agreements; and a wide variety of procurement issues related to purchases, leases, and other transfers of goods and services acquired by sovereign states.

    In addition to the representation of foreign governments, Dean represents clients involved in procurement by most federal agencies. He has been extensively involved in the preparation, negotiation, and litigation of contract claims; federal contract compliance investigations and litigation; government contract cost accounting and allowability disputes; subcontract transactions; mergers and acquisitions involving government contractors; privatization of government enterprises; the protection of rights in data and computer software; foreign military sales transactions and related disputes between contractors and foreign sovereigns; and export licensing for armaments, spacecraft, and related intellectual property.

    Previously, Dean was an attorney with the Office of General Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force, where he provided legal counsel in connection with a wide variety of government contracts matters, procurement policy, and Congressional liaison. He advised senior procurement officials concerning pre-award contract planning and source selection procedures; protests and other contract award challenges; post-award contract administration issues; cost accounting and audit matters; application of procurement-specific statutes and regulations; specialized problems arising from procurement of major weapons systems; and international transactions related to Foreign Military Sales and the placement of US military facilities or equipment outside of the United States. He also served as counsel to the Air Force Debarment and Suspension Review Board, and counsel to the Extraordinary Contractual Relief Board.

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    • Counsel to the Qatar Katrina Fund, a US$100 million gift to Hurricane Katrina victims from the People of Qatar.
    • Lead counsel to a sovereign state in the successful identification, freeze and recovery of substantial state assets misappropriated by former government officials. This included simultaneous proceedings in nine foreign jurisdictions, coordination with parallel criminal prosecutions, a worldwide forensic audit, the entry of multiple injunctions in major banking jurisdictions to freeze misappropriated assets, and ultimate recovery for the state. 
    • For a major US research university, and its Federally Funded Research and Development Center, negotiated the spin-off and commercialization of a highly successful technology product.
    • Legal advisor to the Qatar Foundation, a charitable organization in the State of Qatar, in drafting and successfully negotiating agreements that established Qatar branch campuses of the Weill Cornell Medical College, the Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas A&M University, Georgetown University and Carnegie Mellon University. 
    • For a sovereign state, led the competition, award and contract negotiation for a comprehensive national healthcare enhancement project. 
    • On behalf of multiple contractors, successfully resolved numerous US government procurement fraud investigations, and parallel debarment, criminal and civil false claims proceedings. 
    • Legal counsel to the Egyptian Ministry of Defence in handling contract disputes, international arbitration and litigation involving military contractors. 
    • Representing sovereign states in the Middle East, drafted and advised in the negotiation of access agreements and status of forces agreements for US military forces. 
    • Counsel to prominent US research university in protecting rights in technical data and computer software in US Government contracts.
    • Advisor to sovereign wealth funds in US asset acquisitions.
    • For the State of Qatar, negotiated the establishment of the North American College in Qatar (a branch of a Canadian technical college), and the RAND Qatar Policy Institute (a public policy and consulting affiliate of the RAND Corporation).
    • Counsel to Carnegie Mellon University in negotiating the establishment of graduate engineering degree programs in Rwanda and China.
    • Represented Canadian spacecraft manufacturers in successfully pursuing contract claims related to convenience terminations under U.S. military procurements. 


    • Georgetown University, M.B.A., 2015
    • Catholic University of America, J.D., 1980
    • Cornell University, B.A., 1977


    • District of Columbia, 1980


    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. Tax Court

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