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J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

B.A., cum laude, Davidson College

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Editorial Board, Virginia Environmental Law Journal

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District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

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 the government contracting, franchising, environmental, and consumer product industries. He specializes in counseling individual and corporate clients facing government inquiries, investigations, and/or civil enforcement actions. 

Representative Experience

  • Represented multiple consumer product retailers before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the shipment of hazardous materials. 
  • Counseled executive of global logistics agency in criminal and civil investigations regarding alleged violations of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations.
  • Represented defense contractors in class action litigation alleging violations of domestic and foreign labor laws.
  • Represented facility operations and maintenance contractor in False Claims Act (FCA) litigation involving allegations of fraud in certain Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. 
  • Represented IT contractor in criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding violations of the FCA. 
  • Drafted development and license agreements on behalf of a major quick service restaurant franchisor for territories located in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Advised global consumer product manufacturer on compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and requirements.
  • Counseled cosmetic manufacturer and distributor in connection with franchising operations. 
  • Represented major pesticide manufacturers with respect to regulatory issues before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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)


  • 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) 


  • Received 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

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