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Nicola Harrison


Tysons Corner
Business Phone: 703.734.4349
Business Fax: 703.448.6533


Nicola is an associate in the Financial Services Litigation practice group. Her practice focuses on representing corporate clients in federal and state court in complex litigation matters. Nicola’s experience is grounded in the areas of financial litigation, business disputes, and consumer litigation.

Nicola is also committed to the firm’s pro bono efforts and has assisted in providing estate planning services to elderly individuals.

Before joining the firm, Nicola served as a law clerk to the Honorable Claude M. Hilton, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Representative Experience

Financial Services

Represents creditors and lenders in actions brought under federal statutes such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth-in-Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

Represents financial institutions in various commercial and lender liability disputes, including lawsuits regarding contractual disputes, negligence, fraud, business torts, and state consumer protection statutes.

Commercial Litigation

Represents government contractor in litigation alleging claims for libel and breach of contract.

Represents individuals in estate and probate matters through preparation of estate planning documents and counseling clients involved in contentious estate administrations.

Counsel for educational institution in multiple state court breach of contract matters.

Represented financial entity in state court matter defending a slip-and-fall claim and secured summary judgment in favor of client.

Represented small business in breach of contract claim regarding non-payment of contract proceeds and secured favorable verdict at trial.

Reported Decisions
Lepelletier v. Fair Oak Motors, Inc. , No. 1:11cv1268 (LMB/IDD), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109363 (E.D. Va. Feb. 24, 2012) (dismissing FCRA claim because no impermissible purpose existed), aff’d per curiam, 475 Fed. App’x. 16 (4th Cir. 2012).

Reyes v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. , No. 1:13-cv-547, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104428 (E.D. Va. July 24, 2013) (dismissing claims alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, negligence, fraud, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and requests for declaratory judgment, quiet title, and an accounting because plaintiff failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted).

Sun Hotel, Inc. v. SummitBridge Credit Investments III, LLC, No. CL-2012-14062, 2013 Va. Cir. LEXIS 4 (Fairfax County Jan. 23, 2013) (dismissing claims for declaratory judgment, fraud, constructive fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, breach of implied duty of good faith and fair dealing, and rescission of an interest rate swap agreement).

Work Experience
Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2011-present
Law Clerk, The Honorable Claude M. Hilton, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2010-2011
Law Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Federal Major Crimes Division, 2009
Summer Associate, Office of the Legislative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, 2009
Judicial Intern, The Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2008



  • American University, J.D., cum laude, 2010
    American University Law Review, Senior Staff Member
  • College of William and Mary, B.A., 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association