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Craig Margolis Named to Law360’s 2017 MVP List

Published: 12-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Craig Margolis has been named one of Law360’s 2017 MVPs of the Year, for his successful representation of two major U.S. defense contractors accused of defrauding the federal government.

In a profile appearing in Law360, Margolis, who serves as co-head of V&E’s Government Investigation and White Collar Criminal Defense practice, was commended for his recent defenses of KBR, Inc. and BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle Systems, LP against False Claims Act litigation.

In March 2017, Margolis led the V&E team that secured dismissal of a qui tam suit filed by a former KBR subcontract administrator, Harry Barko, who alleged that KBR passed on to the federal government fraudulently-incurred charges as a result of kickbacks a subcontract administrator allegedly accepted relating to Iraq War contracts.

And in June 2017, Margolis successfully resolved FCA litigation the federal government was pursuing against BAE concerning its work on a contract to manufacture armored tactical vehicles for the Army, which were used in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Iraq war.

“Because these are fraud matters, we address these the way we would essentially criminal matters,” Margolis told Law360. “We have taken a very aggressive defense in these matters, and we’ve been pleased that we’ve been able to achieve some favorable results.”

Law360’s MVP award honors lawyers who have distinguished themselves from their peers over the past year through high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters. Winners were selected by a committee of Law360 editors, who reviewed more than 1,000 nominations. Read Margolis’ Law360 profile here.

Margolis joins V&E corporate partner Steve Gill among this year’s honorees. This is the fifth consecutive year a V&E attorney has been named to Law360’s MVP list. V&E partners Michael Holmes, John Elwood, Keith Fullenweider and David Cohen were selected in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 respectively.

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