|Abram J. Pafford|
Abram Pafford is a litigator whose practice spans a number of substantive areas, and he has particular expertise in the areas of government contracts, insurance coverage, and appeals. Prior to participating in the formation of Pafford Lawrence & Childress, Mr. Pafford practiced commercial litigation for nearly ten years with Fried Frank LLP and Covington & Burling LLP, two of the nation’s largest and most well-respected law firms.
Mr. Pafford has extensive experience in representing companies that do business with federal, state and local governments. He has represented some of America’s largest government contractors on a wide range of litigation and advisory matters. Mr. Pafford’s government contracts litigation experience encompasses the prosecution of claims arising under the Contract Disputes Act, the defense of lawsuits initiated by the Department of Justice under the False Claims Act, and the successful representation of protesters as well as intervenors in pre-award and post-award bid protests before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the GAO. Mr. Pafford 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 contracting pursuant to agency debarment proceedings.
Mr. Pafford’s advisory practice has allowed him to assist government contractor clients on a wide range of issues arising under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Defense Contract Audit Agency’s cost accounting regulations, and export control and industrial security regulations administered by the State Department and the Department of Defense. This advisory work has often functioned as a complement to Mr. Pafford’s leading role in complex and sensitive internal investigations relating to alleged violations of various federal statutes and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, and the Truth in Negotiations Act.
Mr. Pafford also has considerable experience in litigating high-stakes insurance coverage disputes, and he practiced for nearly five years as part of a national insurance coverage litigation group that Chambers USA called “the obvious first choice in difficult situations.” Mr. Pafford’s insurance litigation experience encompasses the representation of corporate policyholders in complex coverage disputes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in underlying environmental and product-related liabilities. In connection with his insurance coverage work on behalf of policyholders, Mr. Pafford served as a Special Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, developing and litigating claims by the State against commercial insurers pursuant to Minnesota laws governing landfill cleanup and remediation.
Mr. Pafford’s commercial litigation experience and his experience representing clients on a pro bono basis has involved a leading role in written and oral advocacy at both the trial and appellate levels. He served as a lead attorney for the appellate team that successfully represented Mississippi resident Cory Maye in connection with the high-profile appeal of Mr. Maye’s capital murder conviction, achieving appellate victories in the Mississippi Court of Appeals and the Mississippi Supreme Court. Mr. Pafford has also had a significant role in appellate matters before many other federal and state appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Virginia Court of Appeals, and the Virginia Supreme Court.
In addition to his prior law firm experience, Mr. Pafford served as a law clerk to Judge Eric G. Bruggink of the United States Court of Federal Claims and Judge D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Pafford obtained his undergraduate degree from Liberty University, and his J.D., with high honors, from the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Pafford is admitted to practice in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.