William F. Ferreira

William F. Ferreira

Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5596

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Recommended for advising universities on expansion into international markets

Legal 500

Bill Ferreira heads the firm's global Public Procurement and Education Practice. 

As a leader on government grants, contracts, and international projects, Bill helps companies, universities, hospitals, academic medical centers, and organizations doing business with the U.S. government and abroad.

Drawing on deep experience with global operations, Bill's team has guided campuses in Asia, clinical research in Africa, and collaborative degrees in the Middle East. His work extends to innovative online education and telemedicine programs around the world. 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 many of the most dynamic research, development, and academic sites across the globe.

Plugged into federal grants and contracts, Bill works extensively on federal award compliance, investigations, and research compliance. He guides organizations across the scientific, financial, and operational compliance landscape, advising on research integrity, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, foreign influence, human subjects, False Claims Act enforcement, and compliance with the OMB Uniform Guidance. 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 offices and branch sites across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.

Launching international telemedicine and patient care programs in more than 50 countries.

Appointed as lead international counsel to several large universities and hospitals in the United States.

Serving on the International Operations Steering Committee of a major academic institution with student programs, research activity, and remote employment operations in dozens of countries.

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

Leading a compliance team to review an organization's global collaborations and affiliations, making recommendations to leadership, and implementing enhancements to advance regulatory compliance.

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