Nicole Kardell

ASSOCIATE
Biography

From federal and state enforcement actions to government contract work, Nicole has spent most of her time as a lawyer representing clients on the opposite side of the table of government regulators and prosecutors. She has worked on matters involving the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Offices of Inspector General of several federal agencies, and Attorneys General of numerous states. Nicole also has worked on many matters in which clients have proactively opposed government action – before administrative as well as judicial bodies. When necessary, she has taken policy issues to congressional offices and committees.

Her years at Greenberg Traurig and Dewey & LeBoeuf afforded Nicole the opportunity to work on large investigative and media-rich cases – from the representation of a former inspector general in his unlawful termination suit against the federal government to the representation of a large multinational insurer in an extensive bid-rigging probe by several state attorneys general.

While working with Jeff Ifrah (both at Greenberg Traurig and Ifrah Law), Nicole has enjoyed building on her experience in federal government contracts and federal and state regulatory and investigative matters.

Nicole is a member of Ifrah Law’s special GDPR team. She guides companies which collect, store or mine the personal data of European residents on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (effective May, 2018). Our reasonably priced fixed fee program will review your current business practices and update your provisions and protocols to help your organization avoid fines and lawsuits for failing to comply with these new regulations.

 

Professional + Community

  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees for the International School of Charlottesville
  • Board of Directors of the Alliance Francaise de Charlottesville
  • Regular Contributor for the Foundation for Economic Education
Publications + Presentations
November 8, 2017 | Publication

"The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands", Law360

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July 20, 2015 | Publication

"The Spy In Your Pocket", FEE.org

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April 15, 2015 | Presentation

A. Jeff Ifrah, Moderator, "Mock Trial: United States v. Ginger McKenna", iGNA 2015, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

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March 17, 2015 | Publication

"Bureaucracy Unlimited", FEE.org

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January 20, 2015 | Publication

"You’ll Never Guess Who’s Trying to Hack Your iPhone", FEE.org

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March 2014 | Publication

"Because We Have To", Career College Central

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January 2014 | Publication

"Anticipating Gainful", Career College Central

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November 2013 | Publication

"Your Other Regulatory Concern", Career College Central

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March 2008 | Publication

"Are You Prepared For a Government Probe?", National Defense Magazine

Case Studies

Securing Dismissal of a False Claims Qui Tam Suit

Jeff Ifrah successfully represented global health care leader Merck in a False Claims Act qui tam suit and got the case dismissed.

The suit involved a whistleblower that worked for a health care buying company (a group purchasing organization that purchases supplies and drugs). Terminated from the buying group, the employee alleged she was retaliated against because of issues she raised about the buying process.

The case was brought before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and 18 drug companies were named as defendants in an alleged bribery scheme. Jeff represented Merck, which was one of the named defendants. He filed a successful motion to dismiss the complaint, based on the former employee’s alarming lack of specificity in her claim.

Not only was our motion to dismiss successful, it was efficient: Jeff won the dismissal roughly one year after Merck and the other defendants were originally served.

(United States ex rel. Fitzgerald v. Novation LLC, et al., S.D. Tex., No. 3:03-CV-01589))

Blog Posts
November 13, 2017

The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

*This article was first published November 9, 2017 as an Expert Analysis – Opinion piece for Law360. The revelations surrounding the Harvey Weinstein cover-up are certainly cringeworthy, but are the actions of the mogul’s hired hands actually illegal? That Weinstein allegedly exploited and victimized women is terrible (even if far too common). The fact that so many… Read More

September 26, 2017

GDPR D-Day: If Not Prepared, It Could Cost You Europe

GDPR D-Day:  If Not Prepared, It Could Cost You Europe

GDPR D-Day: May 25, 2018. If you are not prepared, the results could cost you Europe. In the U.S., we’ve had a pretty business-friendly approach to consumer data protection. And while federal and state authorities have their respective consumer protection laws, there is no single federal law that clearly defines U.S. policy on how consumer… Read More

April 22, 2017

The FTC’s Role in Privacy

The FTC’s Role in Privacy

Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen, answered questions about the FTC’s current role in data privacy before a crowded audience at the April 2017 IAPP Global Privacy Summit in D.C.  Below are some take-aways we wanted to share from Commissioner Ohlhausen’s talk: Even if out of ISP oversight, the FTC is actively… Read More

October 26, 2016

Shutting the Valve on Skin Betting

Shutting the Valve on Skin Betting

A tried and true military strategy is to cut off your enemy’s supply lines: blow up a bridge and force a retreat. The tactic works in other situations too. It is regularly used by legislators and government agencies to address what they view as problem behavior from a particular industry. Instead of targeting the industry,… Read More

Crime in the Suites | FTC Beat | Ifrah on iGaming