Our unique advantage is our combination of premium expertise, modern approaches, and value-driven service.
We engineered Nichols Liu from the ground up – by combining our experience at leading firms, agencies, and contractors with feedback and recommendations from our clients.
Robert Nichols and Andy Liu formed Nichols Liu with advice from Gail Steinel, Executive-in-Residence, Yale School of Management.
We eat, sleep, and breathe government contracts. It’s what we do.
We maintain the same high standards from our prior, BigLaw firms.
Predictable, Fair Pricing
We use legal project management to scope matters, budget reliably, and monitor progress. And we are happy to share the risks and rewards.
We build creative, effective approaches to achieve your business objectives. Our track record of achieving superior results speaks for itself.
Responsive and Timely
We give prompt attention to your needs, timely return emails and phone calls, and always meet deadlines.
We provide honest, well-reasoned advice to help you make good decisions.
What Our Clients Say
“We are proud to say Nichols Liu is our firm for government contracts. Jim Pickup, General Counsel, The Aspen Institute They understand our expectations and provide enlightened, practical solutions.” “As a general counsel, I care about how my law firms are at finding creative solutions Helle Weeke, General Counsel, DAI to thorny problems while continuously improving on the value delivered to my company. The Nichols Liu team excels in both areas.” “I trust Nichols Liu for their rare combination of quality legal advice, creative Whit Cobb, General Counsel, PAE business solutions, and tenacious commitment to achieving positive outcomes for their clients.”
Our Guiding Principles
1. Client satisfaction is our number one priority.
2. We provide a broad range of legal, investigative, and government relations services to be a one-stop shop for government contractors.
3. We learn our client’s business and strategic objectives, and relentlessly pursue success as defined by our clients.
4. We don’t just serve as legal technicians, but as trusted advisors who deliver helpful advice and concise recommendations that are actionable in the context of our clients’ businesses.
5. We constantly seek cost efficiencies and share those savings with our clients.
6. We train our lawyers on legal project management, creative problem solving, and managing matters for efficiency.
7. We proactively offer alternative fee structures that give clients options and predictability while rewarding successful outcomes.
8. We leverage technology for our mutual benefit in terms of collaboration, transparency, and efficiency.
9. We consider our clients’ issues as our own, and we partner with them to achieve shared objectives.
10. We budget realistically for what is likely to occur and for worst case scenarios, and provide transparency as we incur costs, to avoid surprises.
In the Press
Washington, D.C. – January 5, 2021: Alan Chvotkin, a leading national expert on federal government contracting law and policy, has joined the Washington, D.C. based law firm Nichols Liu as a partner. Read More GovCon Expert Alan Chvotkin Joins Nichols Liu as Partner and Named President of Pub K Washington, D.C. – July 13, 2020: Sam Van Kopp joins Nichols Liu after a clerkship with the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. His practice will focus on representing government contractors in claims, bid protests, and other litigation matters. Read More Nichols Liu adds Sam Van Kopp, former CBCA Clerk, and Combat Veteran Washington, D.C. – June 8, 2020: Nichols Liu LLP announced today that Jeremiah Centrella – a highly-regarded general counsel of a leading not-for-profit organization – has joined as a Partner of the firm. Read More NGO General Counsel Jeremiah Centrella Joins Nichols Liu DevEX – May 11, 2020: The coronavirus outbreak has brought unprecedented challenges to global development implementers, forcing staff to work from home, disrupting project activities, and even raising questions for some organizations about whether they will be able to weather the pandemic. Read More How aid implementers can avoid a post-coronavirus accounting fiasco Law360 – April 30, 2020: Eight Afghanistan reconstruction companies urged a D.C. federal judge to toss a suit claiming that protection payments they made helped fund Taliban insurgents... Read More Contractors Say No Basis For Taliban Terror Support Suit Federal Contracting News – March 31, 2020: Robert Rhoad was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article on the opportunities for fraud opened by the $2 trillion economic stimulus. Read More Sweeping Stimulus Law Golden Opportunity for Scam Artists Washington, D.C. – February 25, 2020: David Z. Bodenheimer is the latest top-tier partner to join the growing ranks of Nichols Liu LLP, a highly-specialized law firm dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of government contractors. Read More Nichols Liu Snags Antoher Government Contracts Pro Read More Washington, DC - February 27: David Bodenheimer, a well known government contracting attorney, has joined Nichols Liu, a law firm exclusively focused on government contractors. Bodenheimer joins Nichols Liu Washington, D.C. – December 5, 2019: Nichols Liu LLP announced today that veteran trial attorney Rick Beizer, a highly-regarded procurement fraud lawyer, has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Read More Trial Attorney Rick Beizer Joins Nichols Liu Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2019: Nichols Liu is excited to share that four of its attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers for 2019 in the field of Government Contracts and White Collar Crimes. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree... Read More Nichols Liu Congratulates Its Industry-Recognized Lawyers Washington, D.C. – November 13, 2018: Robert “Bob” Rhoad is the latest partner to join the growing ranks of Nichols Liu LLP. Rhoad is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience litigating matters involving the federal False Claims Act, state false claims laws, fraud and abuse matters, and criminal and... Read More Nichols Liu Further Expands Its False Claims Act and Investigations Capabilities with Litigation Partner Robert Rhoad Nichols Liu LLP Washington – July 16, 2018: Andrew Victor most recently an associate at Perkins Coie LLP, in the Government Contracts and White Collar & Investigations practice groups, is the latest addition to burgeoning Nichols Liu LLP. Andrew’s practice…Read More Nichols Liu steadily growing with latest addition of government contracts attorney, Andrew Victor Nichols Liu LLP Washington – May 3, 2018: Nichols Liu LLP announced today Frederick W. Claybrook Jr, a former partner and founding member of Crowell & Moring LLP, joined the firm as Of Counsel. Claybrook has litigated some of the industry’s…Read More Nichols Liu Nabs Former Crowell Government Contracts Partner Read More Several government contracting attorneys and former government officials have created a new boutique law firm focused on contracting issues, including False Claims Act and international contracting cases. Attorneys establish government contracting boutique firm Read More Including Nichols and name partner Andy Liu, a Former Federal prosecutor who was most recently general counsel of the Social Security Administration, the firm has six partners, one nonlawyer former diplomat, a special counsel investigator and a staff attorney. Its…D.C.'s Newest Firm Touts Big Law, Agency Vets Read More
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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Declared Ready, With Nudge by Rockets Washington, D.C. – June 8, 2021: Ian Brekke has joined Nichols Liu LLP, an internationally-ranked Washington DC law firm specializing in government contracts, as a Partner. Read More Former Top DHS Lawyer Ian Brekke Joins Nichols Liu as Partner Washington, D.C. – August 17, 2021: Nichols Liu Robert Nichols and Alan Chvotkin publish guidance for contractors in Afghanistan. Read More Steps For Gov't Contractors As US Leaves Afghanistan