Michael Guiffré is a skilled trial lawyer and litigator. He routinely tries cases as lead counsel in international and domestic arbitrations and federal and state courts throughout the US. Michael has more than 25 years of litigation experience and is the chair of the Litigation Practice in Washington DC.

    Michael represents clients in a wide variety of disputes involving commercial and government contracts, construction claims, intellectual property rights, business torts and fraud. He is also adept in litigating contract disputes, bid protests and other claims against the government and has defended companies against procurement fraud allegations (including qui tam actions) and terminations for default. Michael has managed a variety of government and internal corporate investigations.

    Michael served for six years as an officer and lawyer in the US Army, where he obtained considerable trial and appellate experience. He managed complex contract litigation and fraud investigations in the Office of the Chief Trial Attorney, was lead counsel in dozens of appeals and prosecuted numerous criminal offenses.

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    • Following a two-week arbitration, secured global IP licensing rights, a US$12 million royalty payment and other relief in a complicated patent and biotechnology dispute.
    • Obtained summary judgment for a government software services provider defending an US$18 million claim involving disputed RFP terms, multiple bid protests, an ASBCA termination for convenience claim and allegations of tortious interference and conspiracy.
    • Secured a US$4.4 million arbitration award against a competitor of an electronic recycler company, for malicious prosecution of a lawsuit alleging US$25 million in damages based on knowingly unsupportable RICO, fraud and breach claims.
    • After a week-long arbitration, secured a US$3 million award against a wind tower supplier for manufacturing defects and delays; recovered wind towers worth approximately US$5 million; and defeated a US$6.6 million counterclaim.
    • Successfully defended a US$140 million lawsuit alleging that a research and development company had unlawfully converted sulfur removal technology. After a two-week trial, the court denied the plaintiff’s claims of theft of a corporate opportunity, breach of contract, fraud and civil conspiracy.
    • After a month-long trial, successfully defended the General Services Administration (GSA) against claims that it improperly took more than US$300 million in volume discounts under the Federal Telecommunications Service contract.
    • Representation of the New Doha International Airport on a variety of contract matters. This multibillion-dollar project is Qatar’s largest transportation infrastructure project to date.
    • Obtained summary judgment against a former governor and White House chief of staff who alleged a major airline had committed breaches of contract and fraud in connection with renegotiated aircraft leases.
    • Conducted a jury trial in the “Rocket Docket” (E.D.Va.) concerning breaches of a military transportation contract in Afghanistan, mitigating damages alleged by the opposing party.
    • Obtained a US$2.1 million judgment against a foreign embassy’s former counsel who embezzled the embassy’s funds.
    • After 10 days of testimony on a TRO/preliminary injunction, succeeded in dismissing claims to expel more than 20 priests, deacons and parishioners from an Ethiopian church, leading to a tripling of the church’s parishioners.
    • Obtained favorable settlement defending intellectual property and executive compensation indemnification claims valued in excess of US$30 million.
    • Secured a trial verdict for predatory lending.
    • During jury deliberations, negotiated a favorable settlement for the plaintiff, a government contractor whose former employees started a competing business.
    • Negotiated a multimillion-dollar settlement against the US government to recover costs of remediating organochlorine pesticides at the former Naval Air Station Alameda.
    • Successfully defended multiple agency-level and judicial bid protests against the awardee of a US$126 million construction contract based on alleged investment activities in Iran.
    • Obtained a declaratory judgment within two weeks of instituting a suit against the government for wrongfully proceeding with contract performance while a bid protest was pending.
    • Represented a public company in its voluntary disclosure of billing irregularities to the Department of Defense Inspector General. Successfully negotiated a compliance agreement precluding disbarment from government contracting.
    • Persuaded the Air Force to set aside a termination for default in a bet-the-company appeal and secured a major award against the company’s subcontractor for breach of contract.
    • Successfully prosecuted a TRO action blocking a prime contractor in Afghanistan from usurping a subcontractor’s essential personnel.
    • Conducted an internal investigation for a major oilfield services provider and negotiated a favorable confirmatory order with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission resulting from displaced radioactive material.
    • Persuaded the Department of Justice not to intervene in a False Claims Act case alleging delivery of nonconforming encrypted communications equipment, after which the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his retaliation claims.
    • Obtained summary judgment for a former White House Special Counsel in a defamation lawsuit concerning “Travelgate” and “Filegate.”
    • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a major insurance broker in connection with an investigation by the DC Attorney General of alleged antitrust and other violations.
    • Negotiated a favorable settlement in a novel insurance coverage claim based on reduced convention attendance due to the H1N1 virus.
    • Successfully defended a company against its former CEO’s claims for wrongful termination based on misappropriation of company assets.

    Education

    • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1993
    • New Mexico State University, B.A., 1990

    Admissions

    • Maryland, 2011
    • New York, 2007
    • District of Columbia, 2000
    • Virginia

    Courts

    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Circuits
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Federal Circuits
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces and Veterans Claims

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    • Co-Author, "Exculpatory Polygraphs in the Courtroom: How the Truth May Not Set You Free," 28 Cumberland Law Review 77 (1998)

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