Ed Reddington is Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Government Contracts practice group. His practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, as well as internal and governmental investigations. He has represented clients in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, individuals in Congressional investigations, entities and individuals in significant matters before the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and contractors in debarment proceedings before federal agencies and the World Bank.
Drawing upon his prior experience in the Department of Defense, Ed frequently represents clients in matters that have a national security, aerospace, defense, or government contracting component, including False Claims Act investigations and litigation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, government contract, procurement integrity and government ethics related disputes, bid protests, and debarment.
Ed’s civil experience also includes the representation of large companies and individuals in tort suits in both state and federal court, including products liability actions and causes of action under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the Alien Tort Statute, implied damages (Bivens) claims, and the common law. He also has successfully litigated claims on behalf of individuals and companies alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil fraud.
Ed was recommended in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 in the area of government contracts. The publication described him as having “the courage of his convictions” and “consistently provides ‘clear and unequivocal’ advice.”
Ed also has extensive experience overseeing and conducting complex internal investigations for large corporations involving the analysis of criminal and civil laws including, among others, anticorruption laws, procurement integrity and government ethics requirements, qui tam false claims allegations, wire fraud, and anti-money laundering statutes. These clients have included prominent multinational corporations in the information technology, aerospace, defense, construction and engineering, and commodities industries. Ed’s practice has involved significant overseas experience, including investigations conducted in Germany, Switzerland, India, and multiple countries in Asia and the Middle East. Through his international work, Ed has gained an understanding of the complexities of such issues as the cross-border transfer of information under foreign data privacy and state secrets laws. He has worked closely with foreign counsel in the coordination of regulatory activities and litigation in the U.S. with corresponding activities overseas.
Before joining Williams & Connolly, Ed served on active duty in the U.S. Army for over fifteen years, first as a pilot, flying UH-1 utility helicopters and OH-58 scout helicopters, and later as a judge advocate. As a JAG officer, he gained considerable criminal trial experience as both a prosecutor and a defense counsel, handling serious felony-level cases including homicide investigations, attempted murder, aggravated assault, sexual assaults, child pornography and molestation, armed robbery, and drug distributions. He also served as a civil litigation attorney with the Army’s Litigation Division, where he was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney defending the United States and its employees in wrongful death, negligence, medical malpractice, and Constitutional tort suits in federal court. In these roles, he gained significant litigation experience, first-chairing dozens of bench and jury trials, as well as representing the government and individual clients in numerous administrative hearings.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Ed graduated from West Point in 1991 and received his J.D. in 1998 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. In 2004, before leaving active duty, he earned his LL.M. in Military Law with a specialization in government contracts from the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, where he was an Honor Graduate. Ed is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and has taught federal litigation and advocacy as an adjunct professor at the JAG School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He joined Williams & Connolly in 2006.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Ed’s experience includes:
- Defending a major financial institution in Residential Mortgage Backed Securities-related litigation alleging breach of contract and other claims arising from the institution’s role as an indenture trustee
- Representing a Fortune 100 company in the commodities industry in a global investigation and FCPA proceeding before the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (resolved by a civil settlement and Non Prosecution Agreement without an admission of criminal liability)
- Defending a significant government contractor in the aerospace and defense industry in civil False Claims Act qui tam litigation and related investigations and proceedings (qui tam proceedings won on a motion to dismiss)
- Defending a Fortune 500 company in the defense and aerospace industry in aviation products liability claims in state court (won on summary judgment)
- Defending a large, privately-held government contractor in the engineering and construction industry in state and federal criminal and civil investigations raising allegations of false claims submissions, negligence, and breach of contract (resolved by a civil settlement without an admission of criminal liability)
- Successfully representing prominent government contractors in the management consulting and industrial supply industries in bid protests involving billion dollar procurements
- Representing a former senior DOD official in Congressional investigations and civil Bivens litigation relating to U.S. policy during the global war on terrorism (civil litigation won on a motion to dismiss and successfully defended on appeal including a denial of cert by the U.S. Supreme Court)
- Representing a U.S. defense contractor asserting breach of contract claims arising from an overseas joint venture (resolved successfully for a significant settlement)
- Representing a foreign national in the multi-district In re Terrorist Acts litigation (won on a motion to dismiss and successfully defended on appeal)
- Pursuing affirmative claims alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty on behalf of a privately-held corporation against a former officer and director (won on summary judgment and successfully defended on appeal)
Other Government Service
Special Assistant United States Attorney, Washington, DC United States Attorney's Office, 2005-2006
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army Reserve
Adjunct Vice-Chair (Administrative & Civil Law Department) and Professor (Federal Litigation), The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA, 2006-2012
Litigation Attorney, United States Army, Litigation Division (Torts Branch), 2004-2006
Senior Defense Counsel, United States Army, Trial Defense Service, 2001-2003
Prosecuting Attorney, United States Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1999-2001
Legal Assistance Attorney, United States Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1998-1999
Aviation Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, United States Army, 1991-1995