Washington (September 12, 2022)Lynne Halbrooks, a former Chief Compliance Officer and Acting Inspector General, has joined Nichols Liu as a Partner.

Ms. Halbrooks joins Nichols Liu from Acuity International where she was the Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel.  Prior to that, she served in numerous senior legal and leadership roles within the government, including at the U.S. Department of Defense where she served as the Acting Inspector General and as the Principal Deputy Inspector General, the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, and the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as both an Assistant U.S. Attorney and in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.  She was also previously a partner at Holland & Knight.

“We are delighted that Lynne has chosen Nichols Liu for her return to private practice.  Her stellar reputation and unique experience align perfectly with our mission to provide clients a one-stop shop with the best legal experts to help them navigate the complex issues that arise in government contracting,” said Robert Nichols, founding partner of the firm.

“As a former federal prosecutor and Acting Inspector General, Lynne has insights that will greatly enhance our already strong enforcement practice,” said Andy Liu, managing partner of the firm.  “She has a proven ability to help clients manage risk and solve problems.”

Ms.  Halbrooks’ practice will include advising companies on all aspects of government compliance and representing them in internal and government investigations and audits, including whistleblower reprisal investigations, and suspension and debarment proceedings.  She has experience advising companies and individuals on matters involving the False Claims Act, conflicts of interest, counterfeit parts, labor charging disputes, bribery and kickbacks, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, responses to subpoenas, and mandatory disclosures.

“I am thrilled to join the stellar professionals at this elite firm as it continues to grow and serve the government contractor community,” said Ms. Halbrooks.