Michael J. Vernick

Michael J. Vernick

Washington, D.C.

Email michael.vernick@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5878

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Mike Vernick heads the firm's Government Contracts practice group and leads the Education industry sector team, which provides a full spectrum of legal services to colleges and universities.

Mike has handled many of the most significant False Claims Act and qui tam cases involving federal research funds, several of which have involved potential exposure in excess of US$1 billion. His False Claims Act experience extends into all aspects of U.S. government contracts, including among others, cost allowability, GSA contracting, and commercial item determinations.

He works with institutions on Uniform Guidance enforcement and compliance matters and other sponsor regulations and policies addressing the financial, administrative, and scientific management of grants and cooperative agreements. Mike has also advised many of the nation's leading institutions on conducting international sponsored projects.

He has handled bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, suspension and debarment proceedings, and contract claims and disputes. Mike has worked with numerous clients on complex government cost accounting matters, including Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) audits and disputes, claims, and audits.

Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), Mike clerked for the Honorable Christine Miller at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In law school, Mike was a member of the board of editors for the George Mason Law Review.

Awards and recognitions


Government: Government Contracts
Legal 500 US


BTI Client Service All-Star
BTI Consulting Group

Education and admissions


J.D., George Mason University School of Law, with high honors, 1997

B.A., Tufts University, cum laude, 1991


Member, Government Contracts and Litigation Sections, Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Related knowledge

3D Printing

Representative experience

Successfully defended a leading university in a False Claims Act investigation involving multiple federal agencies and over US$1bn of funding.

Obtained the first reported False Claims Act decision ruling that the Justice Department may not sue state universities.

Handled all cost accounting compliance aspects of a federal practice re-organization of a large government contractor.

Advised a Fortune 500 corporation on government contracts aspects of a restructuring of a US$1bn federal practice into a corporate subsidiary.

Successfully defended a public health research center in a False Claims Act qui tam investigation involving US$900m of HHS grant funding.

Assisted a major U.S. university with establishing global operations to facilitate sponsored projects, educational initiatives, and fundraising.

Persuaded the Justice Department to decline intervention in a qui tam suit filed against a public university alleging effort-reporting irregularities.

Successfully resolved a False Claims Act case involving GSA Schedule contract compliance.

Advised DLH Holdings, a health care services contractor, on its US$70m acquisition of Social & Scientific Systems, a public health research organization.

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