Carl J. Nichols

Hon. Carl J. Nichols

Judge, United States District Court, District of Columbia

Judge Carl J. Nichols was appointed to the District Court in June 2019. He received a B.A., cum laude and with high honors in Philosophy, from Dartmouth College in 1992, and a J.D., with high honors and Order of the Coif, from The University of Chicago Law School in 1996.

Immediately after law school, Judge Nichols served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. Following his clerkships, Judge Nichols was an associate and then partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. From 2005-2009, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice, first as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division, and then as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. Judge Nichols was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP from 2010 until his appointment to the bench in 2019.


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