Nikole Snyder is an associate in the Governmental Practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She is a lead associate of the firm’s Government Business Group.

Areas of Practice

Nikole represents government contractors in various government contracts litigation and counseling matters, including in the following areas:

  • Civil False Claims Act litigation defense;
  • Cybersecurity counseling;
  • Internal investigations;
  • Small business issues under the Small Business Administration regulations, including issues of size status and affiliation;
  • Transactional due diligence; 
  • Bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office; and
  • Bribery, gratuities, and kickbacks.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Nikole spent five years working for a defense contractor in Arlington, VA, supporting a Department of Defense agency. During her time as a contractor, Nikole spent three years supporting the agency’s Office of General Counsel as a Law Clerk, and gained valuable experience with litigation, defending bid protests, contract negotiation, intellectual property issues, Other Transactions Agreements (OTAs), and ethics compliance.



Top Read Article Award for “Executive Order 14042: Survival Guide for Federal Contractors (An Analysis of What We Know, What We Think, and What We Don’t Know About President Biden’s COVID-19 Executive Order for Federal Contractor," 2022

Top Author, JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards, 2022

  • JD Supra Readers' Choice 2022



  • Jurisdiction over Federal Procurement Disputes: The Puzzle of Other Transactions Agreements, 48 Pub. Cont. L. J. 3, 515 (Spring 2019)

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Eye on Privacy Blog Posts

Global Trade Law Blog Posts

Government Contracts & Investigations Blog Posts

White Collar & Government Enforcement Blog Posts


  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2019, cum laude, Managing Editor, George Mason Law Review
  • M.S., University of New Haven, 2013, magna cum laude
  • B.A., West Virginia University, 2010, magna cum laude


  • Washington, D.C.
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