William F. Ferreira

William F. Ferreira

Washington, D.C.

Email william.ferreira@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5596

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

As a leader in the international education and research sector, Bill helps universities, hospitals, academic medical centers, foundations, humanitarian organizations, and companies doing business with the U.S. government and abroad.

Drawing on deep experience with global operations, Bill's team has handled campuses in Asia, clinical research in Africa, collaborative degrees in the Middle East, online education in Latin America, and telemedicine in Europe. On-the-ground practical experience across dozens of countries informs Bill's solutions to the challenges of global regulation, international employment, foreign expansion, and transnational contracts. Bill has guided some of the most innovative federally funded sites and programs around the world.

Plugged into the federal grants and research compliance landscape, Bill works extensively on audits, investigations, and sponsored research matters. He guides organizations in cost accounting and administration of grants and cooperative agreements under the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Uniform Guidance, research misconduct matters, human subjects and animal research, intellectual property, and False Claims Act actions. In addition to clinical trial agreements and commercialization initiatives, Bill has handled groundbreaking scientific research collaborations nationally and internationally.

Bill serves on the firm's Africa leadership team and speaks regularly about strategic issues at the forefront of globalization of higher education, scientific research, and government grants.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude

B.A., University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude


Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

Member, Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Representative experience

Guiding the establishment of foreign offices and branch sites in Africa, the Middle East, and South America, for education and humanitarian programs.

Serving on the International Operations Steering Committee of a major academic institution with student and research programs in 50 countries.

Serving as lead international counsel to one of the largest public universities in the United States.

Defending an organization in a DHHS Office of Inspector General audit of salary and non-salary transactions submitted for reimbursement under grants.

Guiding a multistate medical institution to investigate and disclose whistleblower allegations of unallowable costs under federal awards.

Leading a compliance team that reviewed an organization's operations across Africa and the Middle East.

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