Vincent J. Colatriano




Vincent J. Colatriano
Partner |
1523 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 220-9656 | Fax: (202) 220-9601


VINCENT J. COLATRIANO has extensive civil litigation experience representing a wide range of clients before a number of administrative agencies and federal and state trial and appellate courts on a variety of constitutional, statutory, administrative, contractual, tort, intellectual property, and commercial matters.

Mr. Colatriano has appeared regularly in cases brought against the federal government. He has represented numerous financial institutions and other companies in so-called “Winstar” cases against the United States. Mr. Colatriano has helped the plaintiffs in those cases recover hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Mr. Colatriano served as one of the trial counsel for AmBase Corporation and its subsidiary Carteret Bancorp in a Winstar lawsuit against the United States for breach of contract arising from an agreement entered by the Government in an effort to address the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. Following trial, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims awarded the plaintiffs more than $200 million in damages. Mr. Colatriano has also successfully represented other companies in government contract cases against the United States.

Mr. Colatriano has also represented property owners in litigation brought against the United States under the Fifth Amendment’s “takings” clause, which prohibits the taking by the government of property for a public use without the payment of just compensation.

Mr. Colatriano has also represented plaintiffs in litigation, before both the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, seeking compensation from the federal government as a result of the Government’s unauthorized use of inventions covered by valid patents. He has also helped to analyze whether provisions of federal patent reform legislation run afoul of various provisions of the United States constitution.

Mr. Colatriano has also represented state governments in numerous constitutional, statutory, administrative law, and commercial matters involving such complex issues as the disposal of nuclear waste, compliance with oil and gas leases, and the commerce clause. For example, Mr. Colatriano participated in the representation of the State of Alabama in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Alabama in a matter involving fraud and breach of contract claims arising out of oil and gas leases entered by the State. This representation raised numerous complex issues involving such matters as the law of fraud, the proper construction of royalty clauses in oil and gas leases, and the constitutionality of punitive damages awards. Mr. Colatriano also represented the State of Nevada in complex litigation concerning the federal government’s proposal to dispose of nuclear waste at a facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada; that matter involved numerous complex questions concerning constitutional, statutory, and administrative law issues.

Mr. Colatriano also has extensive experience representing clients in proceedings before administrative agencies and has worked on cases before such agencies as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (in matters involving the Atomic Energy Act and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (in matters involving the Animal Welfare Act).

Mr. Colatriano was awarded his B.A. degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from George Washington University in 1987, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1990, he received his J.D. degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University, with highest honors. He was a member of the George Washington Law Review, the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, and the Order of the Coif. Mr. Colatriano is a member of the Bars of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The Legal Authority of the Department of the Treasury to Promulgate a Regulation Providing for Indexation of Capital Gains, 12 VIRGINIA TAX REVIEW 631 (1993) (co-authored with Charles J. Cooper and Michael A. Carvin)

The Regulatory Authority of the Treasury Department to Index Capital Gains for Inflation:  A Sequel, 35 HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW & PUBLIC POLICY 487 (2012) (co-authored with Charles J. Cooper)

An Attack on Separation of Powers and Federal Judicial Power? An Analysis of the Constitutionality of Section 18 of the America Invents Act, ENGAGE (Volume 13, Issue 2 (2012)) (co-authored with Charles J. Cooper)

Determining Climate Responsibility: Government Liability for Hurricane Katrina?, 49 ELR NEWS & ANALYSIS 10005 (2019) (dialogue with Teresa Chan, Michael Burger, and John Echeverria)

Practice Focus
Administrative Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Constitutional Litigation
Government Contracts
Intellectual Property
State Representation
Trial Practice

J.D., The George Washington University, National Law Center in 1990 (with highest honors)
B.A., The George Washington University in 1987 (Summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia

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