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Robert Nichols
Robert Nichols
Washington +1 202 662 5328 Download V-card

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.

  • 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.
  • Co-lead counsel for a global development company in bringing a bid protest, at GAO and the Court of Federal Claims, over a $10 billion contract for providing HIV, malaria, and other vaccines worldwide.
  • Lead counsel for an NGO in what is believed to be the largest USAID suspension and False Claims Act case ever brought, followed by a complex transaction to novate 1,000+ programs and transfer approximately 3,000 employees to an acquirer.
  • Lead counsel for a development contractor in persuading an agency to abandon its improper use of the “low-price, technically-acceptable” procurement method in a $2 billion poverty reduction program.
  • Lead counsel for a Fortune 50 contractor in $90 million claim against the government, settling the case at full value after extensive negotiations with USAID and the National Security Council.
  • Strategic advisor to a space launch firm in successfully litigating against the U.S. Air Force to open the launch program to competition.
  • Lead counsel for a State Department contractor in helping successfully defend a contract award for the Baghdad embassy life support services, valued at up to $1 billion.

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

Previous Experience

  • Judge Advocate General, Honors Program of the U.S. Army Corps Engineers
  • Chambers USA, Government Contracts (2015-2016) 
  • Law360, Government Contracts MVP (2013)
  • Legal 500 US, Government Contracts (2015-2016) and Litigation - International Trade (2013)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Government Contracts (2013-2015)
  • Who's Who Legal, Public Procurement (2014)