Robert Nichols

Robert Nichols

Download V-card

Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5328



  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1997
    • With distinction
  • Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 1994
    • cum laude
    • Arizona State Law Journal, Member
    • Order of the Coif
  • Northern Arizona University, B.S., 1991
    • summa cum laude

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Raymond Finch, U.S. District Court, Virgin Islands

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Robert Nichols has more than two decades of experience helping government contractors solve complex legal problems and achieve their desired business solutions -- including several of the highest-profile matters in the industry.

According to Chambers USA (2015): “Clients say: ‘Robert Nichols is an outstanding strategist, good communicator, has an excellent bedside manner with executives and boards under stress, and good and timely follow-through.’ He is praised for his creative and entrepreneurial approach to issues across a broad range of industries.

Representative Matters

  • Lead Counsel for major Middle East contractor in negotiating completion of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as well as navigating investigations and proceedings by the Department of Justice, Inspectors General, the U.S. Army and United Nations debarment offices, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.
  • Lead counsel for Fortune 50 aerospace contractor in seeking a “present responsibility” determination by its military customers following a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department, a consent agreement with the State Department, and special interest from the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Lead counsel for a large international development contractor in resolving bet-the-company litigation over the imprisonment of a subcontractor employee in Cuba for espionage on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Previous Experience

  • Judge Advocate General, Honors Program of the U.S. Army Corps Engineers

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers USA, Government Contracts (2015) 
  • Law360, Government Contracts MVP (2013)
  • Legal 500 US, Government Contracts (2015) and Litigation - International Trade (2013)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Government Contracts (2013-2015)
  • Who's Who Legal, Public Procurement (2014)

Pro Bono

  • Pro bono outside general counsel to the Army Engineer Association.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Ethics Resource Center, Fellow
  • GW Law Government Contracting Industry Advisory Board, Member
  • GW University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, Board Member
  • Founder and former Advisory Board Chair of the publication “International Government Contractor”
  • American Bar Association, International Procurement Committee of the Section of Public Contract Law, former Chair

Publications and Speeches

Print PDF Word Version Print this page