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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.
Nicholas B. Lewis
Partner
T: +1 202 857 1771
F: +1 202 828 3306
[email protected]
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
PRACTICES
Commercial Litigation
Government Investigations and White
Collar Litigation
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Securities Enforcement
White Collar Defense
Class Action
INDUSTRIES
Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers
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.
EXPERIENCE
• 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.
EDUCATION
• University of Oxford, Faculty of Law and Said Business School, MSc, Law and
Finance, with Distinction, 2012
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Nicholas B. Lewis
• 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
ADMISSIONS
• 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. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
HONORS
• Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, 2015
• Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, 2011
PUBLICATIONS
• Author, Expect Continued Aggressive Enforcement Under Bharara, Law360,
January 19, 2017
• Author, "An Important Check On The Abuse Of Government Power," Law360,
April 2016
• Author, "Taking Aim – the SEC’s Continued Focus on Hedge Funds," Eurekahedge,
November 2014
• Author, "Widening the Scope: the SEC Turns Its Attention to Alternative Mutual
Funds," Eurekahedge, August 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
EVENTS
• 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
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• 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
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legal advice about specific situations or problems. You should consult a McGuireWoods lawyer if you have legal
issues requiring attention. Nothing on this site creates an express or implied contract. McGuireWoods does not
intend to create an attorney-client relationship by inviting you to contact us. Unless and until we and you agree
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unless we mutually agree that we will keep it confidential. Past legal successes described on this website are not
indicators of future results. The outcome of particular legal matters is dependent upon the facts and law
applicable to the matters.
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