Nicholas D. SanFilippo Partner

A first-chair trial lawyer with significant courtroom experience, Nick practices in the firm's labor and employment practice group.

He represents employers with respect to actions arising from the employment relationship, such as violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), employment contract claims, restrictive covenants, and tort claims, including wrongful discharge, defamation, conspiracy and tortious interference. Nick also represents employers in claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other federal and state statutes. He also advises management on employment issues such as reductions in force, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, handbooks, and discipline.

In addition to his labor and employment practice, Nick represents government contractors in bid protests, both at the agency level and before the GAO. Nick also advises government contractor clients on the FAR and relevant Executive Orders (including the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order) and OFCCP compliance.

Nick has appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal courts and is experienced in all aspects of trials, civil procedure, discovery and motions practice.

Nick also has commercial litigation experience representing financial services companies in actions related to secured transactions.

After law school, Nick clerked for the Honorable John F. Anderson, U.S. Magistrate Judge at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2009 to 2010. While attending George Mason University School of Law, Nick served as Managing Justice of the moot court board, was an Associate Editor on the Civil Rights Law Journal, and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Association National Team. He received the Curran & Whittington Scholarship in Trial Advocacy in his third year of law school.


Cape Fox Corporation v. Shotridge Studios. Retained approximately 50 days before trial to represent a government contractor in a commercial vendor dispute for breach of contract.  Defendants counterclaimed for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  The jury returned a complete verdict in favor of our client.

Krpan v. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  Part of a team representing a nonprofit organization with respect to claims that it had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Achieved summary judgment in favor of our client.

Effectively argued numerous motions in state and federal courts.

Prepared numerous memoranda of law for submission to courts, including dispositive motions.

  • George Mason University School of Law, JD, Associate Editor, Civil Rights Law Journal, 2009
  • St. John Fisher College, BS, summa cum laude, 2003

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter

Member, Fairfax Bar Association

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Named to "Pro Bono Service Honor Roll," Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2022

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Employment & Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2019

Named to "Washington, D.C. Rising Stars," Employment & Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2019

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