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Education

J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Maryland Bar

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Certifications

Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt

Nicole is an associate primarily practicing in the firm’s Litigation and Election Law & Government Ethics groups. She also has significant experience representing clients in complex insurance matters.

Nicole maintains an active pro bono docket, which has included family law, immigration, and anti-discrimination matters. She was recently recognized by the firm as a 2019 Pro Bono Champion for her work in reaching a favorable settlement in a long-running discrimination case against a major university.

Representative Experience

  • Experience representing relators in cases brought under the False Claims Act, and defending lawsuits alleging offenses such as Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, fraud, defamation, breach of contract, misappropriation, and bribery.
  • Part of a team that successfully defended the Republican National Committee in a copyright infringement case involving fair use in political ads.
  • Successfully represented a plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit, brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, that was described by The Wall Street Journal as “a bellwether for all colleges and universities.”
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurer in a coverage action in Maryland federal court involving both D&O and Employment Practices Liability coverage issues.
  • Member of the litigation team representing Professor Alan Dershowitz in a highly publicized defamation case in state court in Florida, which was resolved in April 2016 with the parties issuing a Joint Statement in which the opposing parties withdrew the allegations against Professor Dershowitz.
  • Represented general liability carriers in litigation involving coverage disputes and allegations of bad faith.
  • Represented professional liability insurer in coverage disputes involving claims against directors and officers, lawyers, and accountants.
  • Represented government contractors in commercial disputes and complex litigations.
  • Represented an insurance trade association participating as amicus curiae in a case before the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Arceneaux, et al. v. Amstar Corp., et al., No. 2015-C-0588 (La. Sept. 7, 2016).

Professional Experience

  • Director of Government Affairs Operations, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc. (2009-2012)
  • Legal Intern, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Criminal Division, Fraud & Public Corruption Section (2013)
  • Judicial Intern, The Honorable Gregory E. Jackson, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (2012)
  • Scheduler and Executive Assistant, Office of U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger (2008-2009)
  • Staff Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (2007-2008)

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Member, Litigation Practice Group Executive Committee, The Federalist Society
  • Member, Washington Area Women Trial Attorneys
  • Member, Junior League of Washington

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