A founder of the firm and one of its senior partners, James L. Feldesman has been a champion of the rights of health and human service grantees for over 50 years. He is the primary author of the seminal work on federal grants law, better known as The Federal Grants Management Handbook (Thompson Publishing).

Over the course of his career, he has advocated upon behalf of Head Start programs, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Community Action Agencies to ensure that these organizations are in the best position to carry out their missions.

A veteran litigator, Mr. Feldesman has successfully represented federal grantees in some of the most important court decisions in the areas of federal grants and health law, including Nat’l Family Planning v. Sullivan (1992) and Action, Inc. v. Donovan (1986).

He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representative Matters

  • National Family Planning v. Sullivan, 979 F. 2d 227 (D.C. Cir. 1992).
  • Sullivan v. Massachusetts, 111 S. Ct. 2252 (U.S. 1991).
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Secretary of Health and Human Services., 899 F. 2d 53 (1st Cir. 1990).
  • West Virginia, Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. v. Sullivan, 737 F. Supp. 929 (S.D. W. Va. 1990).
  • Action, Inc. v. Donovan, 789 F. 2d 1453 (10th Cir. 1986).

Published Works

  • James L. Feldesman, The Federal Grants Management Handbook, National Association of College and University Business Officers (1992)
  • James L. Feldesman, The Federal Grants Management Handbook, The Fed. Audit Info. Service (1992)
  • James L. Feldesman, The Federal Grants Management Handbook, Thompson Publishing Co. (1983)
James "Jim" Feldesman, Founder, Senior Partner


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (1965)
  • B.S., University of Pennsylvania (1961)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims