Ralph C. Mayrell

Associate
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Fax: 202.775.4510

Education:

J.D. with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2013

Order of the Coif

Book Review Editor, Texas Law Review

Associate Editor, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

A.B., cum laude, Social Studies, Harvard College, 2009

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

Maryland

Ralph C. Mayrell is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appeals.  He has represented government contractors in False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Act, and government contracts disputes, defended pharmaceutical and plastics manufacturers in civil antitrust litigation, and represented an oil and gas producer in a bankruptcy proceeding. Ralph also has worked on internal investigations and criminal cases, including pro bono criminal cases in D.C. Superior Court, federal courts of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before joining Robbins Russell in 2018, Ralph was an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Relist Statistics OT 2017: The Relist Rest Stop Offers a Golden Ticket to Some, Becomes a Holding Pen and Dead End to Others, Scotusblog (2018)

  • FCA Questions That High Court May Address Next Term, Law360 Expert Analysis (2018)

  • Despite DOJ Memos, Strong False Claims Act Enforcement is Likely Here to Stay, National Law Journal (2018)

  • The Statistics of Relists, OT 2016 Edition: Has the Relist Lost Its Mojo? Not Quite, Scotusblog (2017)

  • DC Circ. and 4th Circ. Strengthen FCA First-To-File Bar, Law360 Expert Analysis (2017)

  • As Virginia Companies Conduct Business Abroad, Arbitration Clauses Ensure They Can Collect When Legal Disputes Occur, Virginia Lawyer (2017)

  • A Dose of ‘Vitamin C’ Boosts International Comity, National Law Journal (2016)

  • The Statistics of Relist Redux: October Term 2015, Scotusblog (2016)

  • Government’s ‘Victory’ in Escobar Is Actually a Win for FCA Defendants, Corporate Counsel (2016)

  • Government Contractors Railroaded Again by the False Claims Act? Railroad Retirement Board Doubles FCA Penalties, Foreshadowing Likely Increase by DOJ, Law360 (2016)

  • From Judgment Day to Payday in International Disputes, Law360 (2016)

  • New York Curtails Seizure of Foreign Assets to Satisfy Awards, Arbitration (2015)

  • 6th Circ. UTC Ruling Provides Support For FCA Defendants, Law360 (2015)

  • Too Complex to Perceive? Drafting Cash Distribution Waterfalls Directly as Code to Reduce Complexity and Legal Risk in Structured Finance, Master Limited Partnership, and Private Equity Transactions, Pace Law Review (2013)

  • Physicians’ Fears of Malpractice Lawsuits Are Not Assuaged By Tort Reforms, Health Affairs (2010)

  • Antitrust Litigation

  • Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC v. Mylan Inc., No. 2:17-cv-02452 (D. Kan.). Representing pharmaceutical manufacturer in Sherman Act case in which competitor alleges that rebate agreements with pharmacy benefit managers and health plans constitute illegal exclusive dealing arrangements.

  • Evergreen Partnering Group v. Dart Container Corp. & Solo Cup Co. LLC, 116 F. Supp. 3d 1 (D. Mass.), 832 F.3d 1 (1st Cir.), 16-1148 (U.S.). Represented manufacturer of plastic foam cups and containers in Sherman Act case in which potential competitor and supplier alleged a boycott.  Part of team that won summary judgment, defended judgment in the First Circuit, and obtained denial of certiorari.

  • False Claims Act Litigation

  • U.S. ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co., 144 F. Supp. 3d 869 (E.D. Va.), 866 F.3d 199 (4th Cir.), 17-1060 (U.S.). Represented wartime logistics contractor in FCA case brought by former truck driver. On remand from Supreme Court, part of team that won motion to dismiss, defended judgment in the Fourth Circuit, and obtained denial of certiorari after Supreme Court requested that Solicitor General weigh in.

  • U.S. ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co., 756 F.3d 75 (D.C. Cir.), 796 F. 3d 137 (D.C. Cir.). Represented wartime logistics contractor in FCA case brought by former subcontract administrator.  Part of team that persuaded the D.C. Circuit to grant two petitions for mandamus reversing district court decisions compelling the production of privileged internal investigations.

  • U.S. ex rel. Miller v. The Public Warehousing Co. KSC, 15-55312 (9th Cir.). Represented Kuwaiti logistics contractor for the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority in FCA case brought by former cost-accounting manager.  Part of team that, on interlocutory appeal, persuaded Ninth Circuit to reverse and remand finding that defendant had been served.

  • U.S. ex rel. Conyers v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., No. 12-cv-4095 (C.D. Ill.), United States v. Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., No. 12-cv-4110 (C.D. Ill.) Represented a wartime logistics contractor in two related FCA cases brought by the government related to cost-contracting and subcontract administration issues.

  • Government Contracts Litigation

  • Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSPC v. Mattis, No. 16-1265 (Fed. Cir.). Represented a wartime prime vendor contractor on appeal from Armed Services Board of Contracts Appeals.  Part of team that persuaded the Federal Circuit to reverse and remand for the ASBCA to assess claim that the government breach implied duty of fair dealing.

  • Appeal of Public Warehousing Co. KSC, Nos. 58088, 59020 (ASBCA). Represented a wartime prime vendor contractor in the ASBCA.  Part of team that persuaded ASBCA to deny government motions to dismiss and limit length of requested stays.

  • Bankruptcy Litigation

  • In re Alta Mesa Holdings, 19-bk-35133 (Bankr. S.D. Tex.), Alta Mesa Holdings LP v. Kingfisher Midstream LLC, 19-ap-3609 (Bankr. S.D. Tex). Represented debtor oil and gas producer in expedited adversary proceeding against sister-subsidiary gatherer that went from complaint to trial in four months, and in an investigation of related-party transactions as part of a Section 363 bankruptcy sale.

  • Pro Bono

  • Elonis v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2001 (U.S.). Represented pro bono a defendant convicted of making threats on social media.  Part of team that persuaded the Supreme Court to reverse conviction and remand.

  • Represented pro bono a university student facing multiple felony charges relating to Constitutionally protected protest activity, resulting in government’s dismissal of all charges.

About

Ralph C. Mayrell is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appeals.  He has represented government contractors in False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Act, and government contracts disputes, defended pharmaceutical and plastics manufacturers in civil antitrust litigation, and represented an oil and gas producer in a bankruptcy proceeding. Ralph also has worked on internal investigations and criminal cases, including pro bono criminal cases in D.C. Superior Court, federal courts of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before joining Robbins Russell in 2018, Ralph was an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Relist Statistics OT 2017: The Relist Rest Stop Offers a Golden Ticket to Some, Becomes a Holding Pen and Dead End to Others, Scotusblog (2018)

  • FCA Questions That High Court May Address Next Term, Law360 Expert Analysis (2018)

  • Despite DOJ Memos, Strong False Claims Act Enforcement is Likely Here to Stay, National Law Journal (2018)

  • The Statistics of Relists, OT 2016 Edition: Has the Relist Lost Its Mojo? Not Quite, Scotusblog (2017)

  • DC Circ. and 4th Circ. Strengthen FCA First-To-File Bar, Law360 Expert Analysis (2017)

  • As Virginia Companies Conduct Business Abroad, Arbitration Clauses Ensure They Can Collect When Legal Disputes Occur, Virginia Lawyer (2017)

  • A Dose of ‘Vitamin C’ Boosts International Comity, National Law Journal (2016)

  • The Statistics of Relist Redux: October Term 2015, Scotusblog (2016)

  • Government’s ‘Victory’ in Escobar Is Actually a Win for FCA Defendants, Corporate Counsel (2016)

  • Government Contractors Railroaded Again by the False Claims Act? Railroad Retirement Board Doubles FCA Penalties, Foreshadowing Likely Increase by DOJ, Law360 (2016)

  • From Judgment Day to Payday in International Disputes, Law360 (2016)

  • New York Curtails Seizure of Foreign Assets to Satisfy Awards, Arbitration (2015)

  • 6th Circ. UTC Ruling Provides Support For FCA Defendants, Law360 (2015)

  • Too Complex to Perceive? Drafting Cash Distribution Waterfalls Directly as Code to Reduce Complexity and Legal Risk in Structured Finance, Master Limited Partnership, and Private Equity Transactions, Pace Law Review (2013)

  • Physicians’ Fears of Malpractice Lawsuits Are Not Assuaged By Tort Reforms, Health Affairs (2010)

Representative Matters
  • Antitrust Litigation

  • Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC v. Mylan Inc., No. 2:17-cv-02452 (D. Kan.). Representing pharmaceutical manufacturer in Sherman Act case in which competitor alleges that rebate agreements with pharmacy benefit managers and health plans constitute illegal exclusive dealing arrangements.

  • Evergreen Partnering Group v. Dart Container Corp. & Solo Cup Co. LLC, 116 F. Supp. 3d 1 (D. Mass.), 832 F.3d 1 (1st Cir.), 16-1148 (U.S.). Represented manufacturer of plastic foam cups and containers in Sherman Act case in which potential competitor and supplier alleged a boycott.  Part of team that won summary judgment, defended judgment in the First Circuit, and obtained denial of certiorari.

  • False Claims Act Litigation

  • U.S. ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co., 144 F. Supp. 3d 869 (E.D. Va.), 866 F.3d 199 (4th Cir.), 17-1060 (U.S.). Represented wartime logistics contractor in FCA case brought by former truck driver. On remand from Supreme Court, part of team that won motion to dismiss, defended judgment in the Fourth Circuit, and obtained denial of certiorari after Supreme Court requested that Solicitor General weigh in.

  • U.S. ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co., 756 F.3d 75 (D.C. Cir.), 796 F. 3d 137 (D.C. Cir.). Represented wartime logistics contractor in FCA case brought by former subcontract administrator.  Part of team that persuaded the D.C. Circuit to grant two petitions for mandamus reversing district court decisions compelling the production of privileged internal investigations.

  • U.S. ex rel. Miller v. The Public Warehousing Co. KSC, 15-55312 (9th Cir.). Represented Kuwaiti logistics contractor for the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority in FCA case brought by former cost-accounting manager.  Part of team that, on interlocutory appeal, persuaded Ninth Circuit to reverse and remand finding that defendant had been served.

  • U.S. ex rel. Conyers v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., No. 12-cv-4095 (C.D. Ill.), United States v. Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., No. 12-cv-4110 (C.D. Ill.) Represented a wartime logistics contractor in two related FCA cases brought by the government related to cost-contracting and subcontract administration issues.

  • Government Contracts Litigation

  • Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSPC v. Mattis, No. 16-1265 (Fed. Cir.). Represented a wartime prime vendor contractor on appeal from Armed Services Board of Contracts Appeals.  Part of team that persuaded the Federal Circuit to reverse and remand for the ASBCA to assess claim that the government breach implied duty of fair dealing.

  • Appeal of Public Warehousing Co. KSC, Nos. 58088, 59020 (ASBCA). Represented a wartime prime vendor contractor in the ASBCA.  Part of team that persuaded ASBCA to deny government motions to dismiss and limit length of requested stays.

  • Bankruptcy Litigation

  • In re Alta Mesa Holdings, 19-bk-35133 (Bankr. S.D. Tex.), Alta Mesa Holdings LP v. Kingfisher Midstream LLC, 19-ap-3609 (Bankr. S.D. Tex). Represented debtor oil and gas producer in expedited adversary proceeding against sister-subsidiary gatherer that went from complaint to trial in four months, and in an investigation of related-party transactions as part of a Section 363 bankruptcy sale.

  • Pro Bono

  • Elonis v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2001 (U.S.). Represented pro bono a defendant convicted of making threats on social media.  Part of team that persuaded the Supreme Court to reverse conviction and remand.

  • Represented pro bono a university student facing multiple felony charges relating to Constitutionally protected protest activity, resulting in government’s dismissal of all charges.