Carl Nichols is a litigator who represents corporations and individuals in sensitive, high-profile, and high-stakes matters. He presently serves as lead counsel in a broad range of complex matters pending in different courts and before various government agencies. Mr. Nichols has tried several cases and arbitrations and has argued appeals in the US Courts of Appeals for the DC, Second, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.
Mr. Nichols joined the firm in 2010, after having served from 2005 until 2009 in the United States Department of Justice, first as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, and later as the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General.
Mr. Nichols focuses his practice on advising and representing clients before federal agencies and in state and federal courts, including in actions brought by governments, lawsuits against governments, and in congressional investigations. He has handled complex, high-stakes litigation in areas including the False Claims Act, government and commercial contracts, international tax, trade secrets, administrative law, constitutional law, antitrust, and international law and arbitration, on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries. Mr. Nichols also has an active pro bono practice.