Covington & Burling has lured a lateral partner to serve as co-chair of its government contracts practice, the firm announced today.
Robert Nichols, based in Washington, makes the move from Crowell & Moring, where he was a partner.
In an interview, Nichols said that he hadn’t been looking to change firms, but “Covington presented a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help lead and grow a government contracts practice.”
Nichols focuses primarily on the defense and aerospace sectors and international contracting. He has worked on matters related to compliance counseling; litigation and arbitration of claims and terminations; government investigations; suspension and disbarment actions; procurement legislation; negotiation of contracts; due diligence; foreign military sales; security clearance; and risk mitigation for overseas contractors.
Nichols said that he wants to help the firm attract new clients and tap existing clients for government contracts business.
“As we grow our practice group out, I think we will be attractive to Covington’s clients,” Nichols said. “Our overall strategic vision is to build a highly capable government contracts group with sufficient size to attract the most complex, valuable, bet-the-company matters from a diverse client base.”