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Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

B.A., cum laude, Davidson College

Law Journals

Editorial Board, Virginia Environmental Law Journal

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia

Nick represents clients on a wide range of litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters with a particular focus on government contractors, nonprofit organizations, and companies operating in the environmental, aviation, and consumer product sectors. He specializes in conducting internal investigations and counseling individual and corporate clients facing government inquiries, investigations, and/or civil enforcement actions.

Representative Experience

  • Advised defense contractor regarding alleged violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising from work in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
  • Represented facility operations and maintenance contractor in FCA litigation involving allegations of fraud stemming from work performed following Hurricane Katrina. 
  • Counseled executive of global logistics agency in criminal and civil investigations regarding alleged violations of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations.
  • Represented multiple consumer product retailers before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the shipment of hazardous materials. 
  • Advised international retailer of food and consumer products regarding regulatory, legal, and strategic issues arising from its operations in the U.S. 
  • Advised nonprofit entity regarding allegations of fraud involving its executive director.
  • Advised nonprofit entities regarding potential responses to actions taken by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Advised multiple trade associations regarding litigation options involving foreign entities.
  • Counseled domestic manufacturer regarding an investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
  • Represented major pesticide manufacturers with respect to regulatory issues and litigation involving the EPA and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Professional Experience

  • Hazardous Materials Specialist, Special Agent, Federal Aviation Administration (2002-2004)
  • Civil Aviation Security Specialist, Special Agent, Transportation Security Administration (2002)

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA), White Collar Crime Committee, Business Law Section
  • DC Regional Board Member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (2017-Present)
  • Virginia Bar Association (VBA) 

Recognitions

  • Received 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

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