Nicholas M. DePalma


Venable LLP
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Nick DePalma is a first-chair trial attorney representing clients in disputes involving commercial contracts, government contracts, false advertising claims, real estate disputes, and trust and estate issues.

He has significant experience in both commercial litigation and arbitration—securing verdicts, judgments, injunctions, arbitral awards, and settlements for both commercial and pro bono criminal defendants. He has also represented companies defending against enforcement proceedings and lawsuits brought by federal agencies.

Before joining Venable, Nick spent seven years as a commercial litigator at an international law firm, during which he defended foreign sovereigns and financial institutions in courts across the country.

  • J.D.William & Mary School of Law2006
    • Graduated First in Class
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of Barristers
  • B.A.with distinctionGeorge Mason University2003
Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Defeated an $80 million claim (holding the jury verdict to $180,000) as lead counsel in a three-week jury trial for a government contractor accused of copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract. (E.D. La.)
  • Defeated an $8 million suit by a satellite bandwidth supplier against a prime contractor over a contract to supply satellite bandwidth for use by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (PACOM) through an IT Schedule 70 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity prime contract with the U.S. government. Secured a complete victory on all claims and fee shifting in excess of $1.5 million. (Hawaii Pacific Teleport, LP v. Peraton Government Communications, Inc.) (International Court of Arbitration No. 24178/MK) (confirmation proceedings D. Hawaii 2020)
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for a large defense contractor under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act regarding trade secrets shared during a teaming agreement involving the receiving party’s failure to firewall employees with knowledge. (E.D. Va.)
  • Secured a summary judgment of $4,367,121.68 on behalf of a lender against a defense contractor guarantor. (PFF, LLC v. Benjamin Worrell) (E.D. Va.)
  • Secured a $360,000 verdict as counsel in a trial involving employee raiding and breach of fiduciary duty, with regard to government contractor employees. (Overlook Systems Technologies v. Lortie) (Fairfax Cir.)
  • Obtained and collected a $584,013 judgment against a subcontractor related to weapons supply and static security in Afghanistan. (Aegis Defense Services, LLC v. Integrated Systems) (E.D. Va.)
  • Defended a foreign sovereign in a lawsuit brought by a U.S. contractor related to military support. (UNC Lear Services, Inc. v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) (W.D. Tex.)
  • Prosecuted claims against a U.S. contractor on behalf of a foreign sovereign on claims related to the largest ice-skating rink in Kuwait; obtained a $482,419 judgment. (Touristic Enterprises Co. v. PRC Commercial Refrigeration) (D. N.J.)
  • Opposed a motion to confirm an arbitral award arising out of the construction of military barracks in Kenya. (Trax Const. Ltd. v. Dyncorp) (E.D. Va.)
  • Secured a confidential settlement on behalf of a subcontractor in a contract dispute
  • Secured a confidential settlement for a service-disabled veteran-owned small business against a competitor in a trade secret case. (Fairfax Cir.)
  • Secured a confidential settlement against a competitor in a trade secret case. (Fairfax Cir.)
  • Served as lead counsel in a business conspiracy case involving allegations of a breached teaming agreement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and violation of restrictive covenants. (Fairfax Cir.)

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