Robert Graham

Washington, DC Office

Robert A. Graham is a Member of Reno & Cavanaugh and the leader of R&C’s Litigation Practice. Robert has a broad range of litigation experience including trial, appellate, and administrative representation. Robert specializes in representing a wide variety of mission driven organizations including affordable housing providers, community health centers, and other organizations providing services to populations in need. Robert was previously an associate at R&C from 1998 through 2003. He returned to the firm after practicing for twelve years at a boutique specializing in federal grants law. Earlier in his career, Robert served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Eugene E. Siler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was a staff attorney at the Center for Auto Safety. 

Selected Recent Transactions

  • Numerous engagements as counsel for federal grantees in audits, investigations, appeals, and suspensions/debarments
  • Representation of housing authority  receivers in Washington, DC, Chester, PA, and Kansas City, MO
  • Successfully represented clients in Administrative Procedure Act litigation against the United States
  • Obtaining a multi-million dollar recovery from a State Medicaid program for community health centers
  • Successfully defended against a fair housing challenge to a $160 million public housing revitalization project
  • Concilio de Salud Integral de Loiza, Inc., et al., v. Perdomo, 625 F.3d 15 (1st Cir. 2010)
  • Concilio de Salud Inegral de Loiza, Inc., et al., v. Perdomo, 551 F.3d 10 (1st Cir. 2008)
  • Dr. Jose S. Belaval, Inc. v. Perez-Perdomo, 488 F.3d 11 (1st Cir. 2007)
  • Dr. Jose S. Belaval, Inc. v. Perez-Perdomo, 465 F.3d 33 (1st Cir. 2006)
  • Darst-Webbe Tenant Ass’n Bd. v. St. Louis Housing Auth., 417 F.3d 898 (8th Cir. 2005)
  • El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. v. HHS, 396 F.3d 1265 (D.C.Cir. 2005)
  • Counsel of record for HAI Group as amicus curiae in U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Hicks, 539 U.S. 113 (2003)

Speaking Engagements/Publications

  • Presenter, RAD Issues on the HUD Inspector General’s Radar, HDLI Spring Conference, Arlington, VA, May 2018.
  • Front Burner Fair Housing Issues – Legal Treatment of Transgendered Persons & Gender Identity, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, National Origin and Disparate Impact Liability, and More!  – Housing and Development Law Institute 2017 Spring Legal Conference, Washington, DC, May 2017
  • Regular presenter on federal grants issues for Lorman Education Services
  • Clinical Research Compliance Manual (co-author), Chapter 5 “Overview of Federal Grants Administration,” Aspen Publishers, 2006
  • Clinical Research Compliance Manual (co-author), Chapter 7 “Key Grants Management and Accounting Issues,” Aspen Publishers, 2006
  • Federally-Qualified Health Centers: From Safety Net Provider to Cornerstone of Health Reform? (co-author), 8 J. Health & Life Sci. L. 29 (Oct. 2014)
  • Note, “The Constitution, The Legislature, and Unfair Surprise: Toward a Reliance-Based Approach to the Contract Clause,” 92 Mich. L. Rev. 398 (1993)


  • University of Michigan School of Law, J.D.

o    Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, A.B in Political Science (cum laude) and French

Bar Admission

  • Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Federal trial and appellate courts nationwide