Wilmer Welcomes Former DOJ Official
By Joe Palazzolo | January 12, 2022 3:24 pm

A partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr forwarded us this internal e-mail, from the firm’s co-managing partners William Lee and William Perlstein:

Memorandum to all Personnel:

We are delighted to welcome Carl Nichols to the Firm as a Partner in the Litigation /Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments, based in our Washington, DC office. Carl was most recently the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and previously served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division at DOJ, and as a litigation partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.

Carl has extensive experience as a litigator.  During his tenure at DOJ, Carl served as the government’s lead counsel in a number of landmark suits, including the House Judiciary Committee’s lawsuit seeking to enforce subpoenas issued to senior White House officials, several suits filed by the federal government to enjoin state investigations into alleged activities of the National Security Agency, and various lawsuits filed against telecommunications companies alleging their participation in national security programs.  As Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, Carl was responsible for overseeing the Department’s five civil litigating components, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, he personally handled and supervised the government’s most sensitive civil cases.

Carl’s practice at WilmerHale will focus on litigation and counseling on matters with a governmental or regulatory focus.

Bill and Bill

Nichols (Dartmouth, University of Chicago Law) joined the Justice Department’s Civil Division in 2005, under then-Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler, now a partner at Sidley Austin. Nichols left DOJ as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General in January 2009. He began work at the firm on Monday.

Deputy Attorney General David Ogden is planning to return to Wilmer after he leaves the department in February.


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