Overview Experience Events News Intelligence David T. Ralston Jr Partner dralston foley.com Download vCard David T. Ralston, Jr. is a partner and business lawyer in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP where his practice focuses on government contract litigation and counseling; rail and air transportation; national and homeland security. He chairs Foley’s Government & Public Policy Practice. Mr. Ralston has handled virtually all aspects of government contracts, including bid and small business size protests, claims, defective pricing, intellectual property, qui tam litigation, and Cost Accounting Standards matters. He has successfully brought and defended dozens of bid protests, including obtaining preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, and an award of attorneys' fees, against the FBI in WHR Group, Inc. v. United States, No. 1:13-cv-00515 TCW (Fed. Claims 2013), has defended government contractors against fraud and bribery charges, including coordinating corporate investigations, voluntary disclosures to the Justice and Defense Departments, and represented firms in debarment/suspension proceedings at numerous federal agencies. Mr. Ralston and a Foley team represented International Relief and Development in a successful effort to have a suspension enjoined and declared void ab initio in International Relief and Development v. United States Agency for International Development, 1:15-cv-00854-RCC (D.D.C. 2015). In recent years, besides bid protests, Mr. Ralston has been particularly active in contracts claims resolution, and matters concerning international and U.S. domestic content laws, such as the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement, Buy America/Buy American laws, the Berry Amendment, the Trade Agreements Act, U.S.-Canadian cross-border tax and trade matters, and international trade negotiations. He has presented to European parliamentary and procurement leaders at the EU Parliament in Brussels on U.S. perspectives concerning how government procurement can be employed to spur innovation. In rail transportation, Mr. Ralston represents a leading Class I railroad, a major commuter rail carrier and shortline railroads on federal regulatory, legislative and compliance matters. In aviation, he has represented and advised a number of major U.S. airports on federal regulatory and grant assurance requirements, particularly in the security arena, and previously served as vice chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Transportation and Transportation Security Law Committee. From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Ralston served on active duty with the U.S. Army as a prosecutor and appellate attorney, handling over 100 courts-martial, including more than 30 contested cases. From 1984 to 1994, he served as a military judge in the U.S. Army Reserves. Thought Leadership Mr. Ralston serves as a thought leader with the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Team. Mr. Ralston frequently lectures and writes on government contracts matters, most recently he co-authored a Practice Notes in Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law entitled, "Government Contracts: Agency, GAO, and COFC Bid Protests" (2015). He is the lead author of "The Foley & Lardner Guide to Federal Procurement Protests (second edition)," available in the Intelligence section on Foley.com and published as part of "Inside The Minds: The Impact of Recent Changes in Government Contracts," Aspatore Books, 2011. Recognition Mr. Ralston has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. In 2011 - 2013, he was named one of America’s Leading Lawyers in the area of government contracts by Chambers USA, and in 2010 The Legal 500 cited him for his knowledge of government contracts issues and client availability. In 2013 - 2016, he was selected for inclusion in the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers® lists for his work in government contracts, transportation/maritime and government relations. Affiliations Virginia Governors George Allen and James Gilmore appointed Mr. Ralston to the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He was elected as chairman of the board from 1997-2000, and served as vice chairman and chair of several committees. In 2010, Governor Robert McDonnell appointed him to the board of trustees of the Southern Growth Policies Board, a non-partisan public policy think tank focused on advancing effective economic development policies in 13 Southern states. Education A law graduate of Georgetown University (J.D., 1979, cum laude), Mr. Ralston received his B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service (1976). He is a graduate of the Army War College National Security Seminar (2007). Admissions and Professional Memberships Mr. Ralston is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia and New York, and served from 2008-2011 on the Litigation Section Committee of the D.C. Bar. He serves on the board of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and as liaison to its Government Contracts Committee. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Armed Forces, the Federal, Fourth, Sixth and District of Columbia Circuits. He is also admitted before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Ralston currently chairs the Advisory Committee of the Catholic Charities Legal Network, which provides pro bono legal services to the needy in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and serves on the John Carroll Society’s Red Mass Committee, which sponsors the annual Red Mass in Washington.