David T. Ralston, Jr.

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.

Advisory Council Committee: 
Bid Protest / Contracts