Carl Nichols, a Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr regulatory and government litigation partner and former Justice Clarence Thomas clerk, was confirmed Wednesday to Washington, D.C.’s federal trial court.
Nichols, who has represented clients in trial and appellate courts on a broad range of issues, has been a partner at Wilmer since 2010. The U.S. Senate approved his bid to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on a 55-43 vote.
In his elevation to the bench, Nichols brings significant litigation experience, including a long stint as a top Justice Department lawyer under the George W. Bush administration. From 2008 to 2009, he was a principal deputy associate attorney general, a position that put him in supervision of the agency’s more than dozen litigation components.
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