Mr. Nichols specializes in the areas of American Indian law, antitrust, and securities litigation. Mr. Nichols' antitrust work includes litigation and counseling, particularly in connection with mergers and acquisitions. He has represented companies before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in merger investigations. He has also represented companies in connection with other state and federal antitrust investigations, and counsels on all aspects of compliance with antitrust laws—including Hart-Scott-Rodino reporting, integration issues in mergers, and pricing and distribution issues (including Robinson-Patman Act compliance).
Mr. Nichols, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, represents Indian tribes, tribal agencies and officials, and tribal organizations in a variety of litigation matters in federal court, tribal court, and administrative proceedings. He has litigated issues arising from gaming regulation, state taxation, and contracts with the federal government. Recent examples include:
- Representation of a tribe in litigation against the Director of the Indian Health Service for failure to pay contract support costs owed under the tribe’s Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act (P.L. 93-638) compact with the United States.
- Representation of a healthcare provider in a dispute with the Indian Health Service over payment for Contract Health Services provided to tribal members.
- Representation of a tribal gaming commission in a dispute with a state over the legality of tribal gaming operations.
- Representation of a tribe in litigation over imposition of state property taxes on gaming equipment.
Mr. Nichols' securities practice focuses on litigation related to corporate directors' fiduciary duties and shareholder claims against corporations. Mr. Nichols has successfully represented corporations and their directors in lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with mergers.