Nicholas B. Lewis


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  • University of Oxford, Faculty of Law and Said Business School, MSc, Law and Finance, with Distinction, 2012
  • American University Washington College of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Member, American University Law Review, 2006
  • Pomona College, BA, Politics, cum laude, 2002
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Nick defends individual and corporate clients in white collar criminal and regulatory matters. He has represented financial institutions, corporations, political figures, and individuals under investigation by government entities, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Election Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Treasury. Through these matters, he has developed particular expertise in political law, white collar fraud actions, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has also helped lead comprehensive internal investigations, including investigations related to complex structured finance products as well as investigations conducted overseas in countries with strict data privacy laws. In addition, he has represented clients in class action and securities litigation and in all phases of complex commercial litigation. He has also served as lead counsel and argued in a criminal appeal before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Before joining the firm, Nick served as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals where he analyzed novel legal issues in all areas of the law and helped draft appellate opinions. He obtained a Master’s degree in law and finance from the University of Oxford in 2012 in order to better represent financial institution clients before their regulators and government investigators.

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Nicholas B. Lewis
T: +1 202 857 1771F: +1 202 828 33062001 K Street N.W.
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Defense of a global financial institution in connection with regulatory investigations related to the collapse of a Ponzi scheme.

Overseas investigation of foreign financial institution related to compliance with OFAC regulations.

Defense of a global financial institution in connection with class action litigation and regulatory investigations arising out of a Ponzi scheme.

Counsel to a global financial institution in connection with disputes related to the valuation of derivatives.

Defense of a global financial institution in connection with putative class action alleging fraud.

Investigation of global financial institution’s structuring of synthetic collateralized debt obligations.

Investigation of large financial institution in connection with regulatory investigations and litigation related to foreclosure practices.

Defense of compliance personnel in connection with regulatory investigations related to Investment Advisory firm’s valuation of collateralized debt obligations.

Defense of a global financial institution in litigation related to the collapse of Adelphia Communications Corporation.

Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, 2015

Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, 2011

Author, Expect Continued Aggressive Enforcement Under Bharara, Law360, January 19, 2017
Author, "Taking Aim – the SEC’s Continued Focus on Hedge Funds," Eurekahedge, November 2014
Co-Author, "International Financial Institutions and the Global War on Corruption," Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, March 2014
Author, "A New Era of Openness, or Open Season on Hedge Funds?," Eurekahedge, November 2013
Co-author, "Honest-Services Fraud in the Wake of Skilling," Business Crimes Bulletin, December 2010
Co-author, Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings under State Law and Its Impact on Use by Nonprofit Institutions: A 10-State Analysis, Council on Library and Information Resources, September 2009
Presenter, "A New Era of Enforcement: the SEC’s Increasing Scrutiny of Hedge Funds," West LegalEdcenter CLE webcast, January 2014
Presenter, "Joint Defense, Fee Advancement, and Indemnification Agreements: the Risks and Rewards of Sharing Information, Costs, and Losses," CLE Webinar, January 2014
Speaker, "Recent SEC Actions Against Attorneys," CLE Webinar, April 2009
Speaker, "The Ninth Circuit Examines Whether Plaintiffs May Rely on a 'Core Operations Inference' to Satisfy the PSLRA Scienter Pleading Standard," CLE Webinar, November 2008