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
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
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.
- 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).
- 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)
- 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
News & Insights
- October 29, 2019 | PRESS RELEASE
- March 21, 2019 | ARTICLEThe Federalist SocietyNicole Audet Richardson
- January 1, 2019 | NEWSLETTER“Capacity” Exclusion Bars Coverage for Two Directors for Claims of Wrongdoing and Fiduciary Breaches Outside Their Insured Capacity
- November 1, 2018 | NEWSLETTERSecurities Suits Alleging Misstatements About Financial Performance Over Same Time Period Constitute A Single Claim
- October 1, 2018 | NEWSLETTERNo Coverage for Lawsuit Where SEC Notices Issued Prior to Policy Period Alleged Related Investment Misconduct
- September 1, 2018 | NEWSLETTERNo Duty to Defend Under Claims-Made-and-Reported Policy Where Notice of Claim Given Nine Months After Cancellation
- December 1, 2017 | NEWSLETTERInsurer Obligated to Pay Full Policy Limits on Loss Despite Potentially Concurrent Policies With Competing “Other Insurance” Clauses
- November 1, 2017 | NEWSLETTERSecond Circuit Affirms Judgment That Insured v. Insured Exclusion Bars Coverage After Jury Finds Plaintiff Was Duly Elected or Appointed as a Director
- November 1, 2017 | NEWSLETTERNo Indemnification for Insured’s “Restitutionary In Nature” Settlement Payments, Even Without Admission of Guilt or a Final Adjudication
- September 1, 2017 | NEWSLETTER
- August 2017 | NEWSLETTEREleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal Where Professional Services Exclusion Unambiguously Created Joint, Not Several, Obligations
- June 2017 | NEWSLETTEREighth Circuit Affirms That Notice Given During Policy Period but Seven Months After Complaint Filed is Not “As Soon As Practicable”
- May 2017 | NEWSLETTER
- April 2017 | NEWSLETTER
- February 2017 | NEWSLETTERTemp Nurse Deemed an “Employee” Under Hospital Insurance Policy Despite Staffing Agreement Stating Otherwise
- January 2017 | NEWSLETTER
- December 2016 | NEWSLETTER
- November 2016 | NEWSLETTERInsured Lawyers’ Material Misrepresentations Warrant Rescission and Coverage also Barred by Prior Knowledge Exclusion
- October 2016 | ARTICLEEmployee Stock Ownership Plan Participant Cannot Pursue Fiduciary Breach and Bad Faith Claim Against Insurer of Plan’s FiduciariesPLUS Journal Vol. XXIX, No. 10Nicole Audet Richardson
- October 11, 2016 | NEWSLETTER
- September 2016 | NEWSLETTEREmployee Stock Ownership Plan Participant Cannot Pursue Fiduciary Breach and Bad Faith Claim Against Insurer of Plan’s Fiduciaries
- July 2016 | NEWSLETTERDue to Lack of Notice, E&O Carrier Has No Duty to Indemnify Insured Auto Insurer’s Settlement Payment Stemming from Bad Faith Claim
- July 2016 | NEWSLETTER
- June 2016 | NEWSLETTERCompetitor’s Claims That Broker Engaged in Unfair Business Practices Involve Professional Services and Are Not Precluded by the “Unfair Competition of Any Type” Exclusion
- April 19, 2016 | SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTStrafford Webinar
- April 2016 | NEWSLETTERCoverage Barred For Hedge Fund’s Suit Against Insured Because Related to Prior Securities Class Action
- April 2016 | NEWSLETTERClaimant Without a Judgment Has No Standing to Bring Declaratory Judgment Action Against Alleged Tortfeasor’s Insurer
- February 2016 | NEWSLETTERNinth Circuit Finds “Related Wrongful Acts” Term is Unambiguous and Encompasses a Broad Range of Acts
- February 2016 | NEWSLETTERPolicy Rescinded And Voided Ab Initio For Failure to Disclose Professional Responsibility Grievance Investigation of Insured Officer
- January 2016 | NEWSLETTER
- December 23, 2015 | ARTICLELaw360Nicole Audet Richardson
- November 2015 | NEWSLETTERTenth Circuit Holds that Implied Duty to Investigate and Initiate Settlement Negotiations Does Not Extend to Excess Insurer
- November 2015 | NEWSLETTERInsurer’s Suit for Declaration that Multiple Claims Constitute a Single Claim Must Await Resolution of Insured’s Liability
- November 4, 2015 | PRESS RELEASE
- October 28, 2015 | ARTICLELaw360Nicole Audet Richardson, Marc E. Rindner
- October 2015 | NEWSLETTERInsurer’s Declaratory Judgment Action Stays in Federal Court Despite Parallel State Court Proceeding Initiated by Insured
- September 2015 | NEWSLETTERNotice Outside Policy’s 30 Day Reporting Requirement Untimely As a Matter of Texas Law Notwithstanding Lack of Prejudice
- August 2015 | NEWSLETTER
- July 2015 | NEWSLETTER
- May 2015 | NEWSLETTER
- May 2015 | NEWSLETTERInsurer Has Duty to Defend under Claims-Made Policy Where Insured Potentially Received Notice of the Claim During the Policy Period
- March 2015 | NEWSLETTERInsurer Not Liable for Bad Faith in Absence of Special Relationship with Insured or Unreasonable Denial of Coverage