Whiteford Continues Richmond Expansion with Prominent Government Contracts Hires

Date: February 18, 2020
Richmond, VA – Whiteford Taylor & Preston has announced that Thomas A. Coulter and Nicole Hardin Brakstad have joined the firm in Richmond.  Mr. Coulter will head the firm's Government Contracts practice.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tom and Nicole to the firm,” said Managing Partner Martin Fletcher. “They have exceptionally deep government contracts experience, and we see immediate synergies for our firm, not only in Richmond but in Washington, D.C., and beyond.”

With well over 20 years of government contracts experience, Mr. Coulter has a significant concentration in government contracts litigation, including litigation with numerous government departments and agencies, both state and federal, and substantial lead counsel experience in trials involving government contract matters. He is an experienced advisor on bidding issues, contract negotiations, contract compliance and import/export issues. 

Ms. Brakstad is an experienced advisor to government contractors, their management and investors in matters ranging from a few thousand to millions of dollars.  She represents businesses in bid protests, protests before the Small Business Administration, civil and criminal investigations, Department of Labor investigations and complex commercial litigation. 

Vern Inge, Managing Partner of the Richmond office, said, “We are really pleased that Tom and Nicole have chosen Whiteford as the right platform for their highly successful government contracts practice.  It’s just a terrific fit.  In the course of 18 months, our Richmond office has emerged as a truly full service platform for businesses needing sophisticated representation locally, regionally and nationally.”

Mr. Coulter and Ms. Brakstad join a Richmond office that saw notable growth in 2019, including lateral partners and counsel Betsy Davis (labor & employment), Bill Gray (nonprofits, tax), Grant Grayson (business & corporate), Katja Hill (business & corporate, real estate), Dwight Hopewell (corporate), Ricky Lefft (sports law), John Selbach (business & corporate) and Shane Smith (corporate, tax).
About Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP: With over 175 attorneys, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston provides a comprehensive range of sophisticated, cost-effective business law and litigation services to clients ranging from innovative start-ups to middle market companies to global enterprises.  Our growing Mid-Atlantic footprint includes sixteen offices in Delaware, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.