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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.

Representative Experience

  • Drafts pleadings and motions in federal and state courts.
  • Conducts legal research addressing a wide variety of procedural and substantive issues for clients involved in complex litigation.
  • Experience representing relators in cases brought under the False Claims Act.
  • 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.
  • Part of a team that successfully defended the Republican National Committee in a copyright infringement case involving fair use in political ads. 
  • Experience defending lawsuits alleging offenses such as Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, fraud, defamation, breach of contract, and bribery.
  • Pro bono counsel in an ongoing discrimination lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act that has been described by The Wall Street Journal as “a bellwether for all colleges and universities.”
  • 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 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 Congresswoman Kay Granger (2008-2009)
  • Staff Assistant, Office of 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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