B.A., Canisius College; J.D., Notre Dame Law School
Brian P. Nicholson has held various positions in the private and public sectors concerning litigation, international affairs, and security. He currently advises on legal, financial, and strategic risks associated with cross-border activities for Systems Planning and Analysis.
Professor Nicholson previously served as Trial Attorney in the in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He held assignments as military defense counsel for the lead defendant in the 9/11 death-penalty case at Guantanamo Bay, as a liaison to the Iraqi Judiciary and U.S. Special Operations Forces during a year deployed to Baghdad, as the senior prosecutor for the Military District of Washington, which includes the Pentagon. After law school, he was a litigation associate at a large international law firm prior to leaving for military service.
Professor Nicholson has instructed at Notre Dame Law School in the Intensive Trial Advocacy program and at the Washington & Lee University School of Law, teaching the Transnational Criminal Tribunals Practicum as a Professor of Practice. He was selected as a 2016-2017 Wasserstein Fellow by Harvard Law School.