Biography

Nikki focuses on complex environmental litigation and a diverse array of regulatory matters.

Nikki untangles complex environmental law matters into manageable tasks to ensure that clients achieve their desired outcomes. She has varied experience with issues arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and Clean Water Act (CWA). Nikki also counsels clients in the energy sector regarding federally-managed onshore lands.

Nikki was extensively involved the Department of Justice-appointed Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Audit matter in connection with the Volkswagen AG diesel emissions proceedings. During this experience, Nikki gained tremendous insight into complex corporate compliance management systems and the automotive product development process, including both domestic and international vehicle emissions certification regimes. Nikki uses this insight to counsel clients in the automotive industry on their emission compliance processes.

Prior to joining B&D, Nikki clerked in the civil litigation practice area of a mid-Atlantic law firm. Additionally, she worked as a Law Clerk in the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an Honors Law Clerk in the Airports and Environmental Law Division of the Federal Aviation Administration.

During her time at American University Washington College of Law, Nikki acted as Editor-in-Chief of the Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief, as a Research Dean’s Fellow, and as a student attorney representing small business owners and tenant associations on corporate and commercial matters related to the operation, transactions, and compliance.

Nikki maintains an active pro bono practice focused on LGBT individuals seeking asylum.

Education

  • University of Maryland - College Park  (B.A., 2016)
    • Government & Politics
    • Minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish
  • American University  (J.D., cum laude, 2019)
    • Sustainable Development Law and Policy Publication, Editor-in-Chief
    • Pace University National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Competitor

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Professional Affiliations

  • Environmental Law Institute Emerging Leaders Initiative