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Dhananjay (“DJ”) Manthripragada is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and was formerly with the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, resulting in a broad complex litigation practice that is truly national in scope. He is Chair of the firm’s Government Contracts practice, and also, a member of the Litigation, Class Actions, and Aerospace and Related Technologies practice groups. Mr. Manthripragada has first-chair trial experience and has successfully tried to verdict both jury and bench trials, and has served as lead counsel in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution forums. His practice focuses on complex trial and appellate litigation, and he has litigated cases before various United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts, and Federal Government Boards of Contract Appeals.
Mr. Manthripragada’s government contracts practice focuses on a wide range of issues, including civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation, complex claims preparation and litigation, qui tam suits under the False Claims Act, defective pricing, cost allowability, the Cost Accounting Standards, and compliance counseling. He has represented government contractors and their subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and federal appellate and trial courts across the country, and has provided advice to clients on issues involving contract negotiations, claims analysis, and contract performance.
In addition, Mr. Manthripragada has extensive experience in a broad range of business litigation, with a focus on class and mass action litigation. He has served as lead counsel in a wide range of employment, consumer, wage-and-hour, and unfair competition class actions and other complex litigation matters. His practice spans multiple industries, and he has represented some of the world’s leading aerospace and defense, high-technology, consumer products, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and automotive companies in their most significant matters.
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Mr. Manthripragada was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021 Ones to Watch in Commercial Litigation.
Mr. Manthripragada was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for his pro bono work on behalf of human trafficking victims and transition-aged foster youth. He has been recognized by various other organizations, including the Bay Area Legal Aid Foundation, for his pro bono efforts. He was also honored as a winner of Gibson Dunn’s Frank Wheat Memorial Award for his commitment to pro bono work.
Mr. Manthripragada received a law degree in 2007 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as Chief Comments Editor and Articles Editor of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. While in law school, Mr. Manthripragada served as a judicial extern to Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Duke University in 2004.
Mr. Manthripragada is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of California.
University of California - Los Angeles - 2007 Juris Doctor
Duke University - 2004 Bachelor of Science
District of Columbia Bar