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Nigel Anthony Barrella

Business Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Nigel Barrella

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 11 years
    North Carolina - NC 11 years
    New York - NY 12 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2012
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2012
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Nigel

Learn Nigel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    I work mainly with smaller businesses, especially ones that make or sell food. I do everything from basic contracts and licenses to compliance with complex federal regulations.

  2. Federal regulation
    I help businesses, individuals, and non-profits understand and navigate various regulations of FDA, USDA, and other agencies.

  3. Appeals

  4. Litigation

  5. General practice

I work with small businesses, especially those that make or sell food, for their various legal needs, including complying with complex or technical regulations. I also litigate cases at the appellate and trial levels.

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Barrella Law PLLC
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1300N
Washington, DC, 20004

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5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Real Harvard Educated Business Attorney
Nigel represented my food service company against a competitor who claimed and threatened to file a copyright infringement case against us. They wanted a ridicules amount of money, copies of our financials and changes in our operation for settlement. He gave us sound credible advice and we began a negotiation with the competing company. After months of talks with this company, he took a firm stance on our position and we prevailed in the settlement. Not only did Nigel walk us through ever step but everything he said would happen did happen to the letter. The company did not get one penny from us. We did not have to provide copies of our financials or make any changes in our operation as demanded by them. They literally were trying to bully us with no real basis for the claim. Nigel exposed problems with their claim almost immediately and began preparing to counter sue them. After all the smoke cleared and Nigel put everything in perspective, they were lucky we decided not sue them. They were actually infringing on our copyright verse us infringing on theirs. We are at awe with his knowledge and experience. Nigel is a Harvard Educated well prepared Attorney. Having dealt with other attorney's in the past we have decided we will never accept anything less than an attorney of Nigel's caliber again.
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Posted by Patrick | August 31, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, thorough, and prompt
Nigel offered advice on the proper licenses and permit required to open a food establishment in Washington, DC. He demonstrated clear mastery of the field and his advice was incredibly prompt. He was also quick to respond to follow up questions. Highly recommend.
Posted by Steffi | August 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient and interested
I came to Nigel for a fair use letter concerning some remarks in a play I was writing. He provided a fair use letter at a fair price and even read the whole play, providing encouraging comments. Nigel is an attorney with a gentle and patient demeanor who listened to the specifics of my needs and approached the work with care.
Posted by Bruce | August 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wicked intellect, incisive analysis, superb writing, hard worker -- everything you want in a lawyer
My organization (see has been working with Nigel for going on two years; he has done significant legal research for us, has combed through vast quantities of FOIA records to find the most important information and synthesize it, has written both legal complaints against the government and a 40 page regulatory petition, has helped us construct our public talking points for various litigation and regulatory endeavors, and has conducted multiple interviews on our behalf. I cannot recommend him highly enough; Nigel is really just superb.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Barrella Law PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Regulatory Counsel
  • The Good Food Institute
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Principal
  • Law Office of Nigel A. Barrella
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Research Fellow
  • American Antitrust Institute
  • 2011 - 2012
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  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Duke University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kornegay v. U.S., 236 A.3d 414 (D.C. 2020)
  • Convictions reversed
  • Andrews v. D.C., 213 A. 3d 1282
  • Convictions reversed
  • Painter v. Blue Diamond Growers, 2018 WL 6720560 (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2018)
  • Affirmed on grounds favorable to client (intervened as amicus)
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  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Council of Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Food and Drug Law Institute
  • Food and Drug Law Journal Editorial Advisory Board - Member
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Food and Drug Law Institute
  • Austern Writing Awards Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • American Bar Assocation, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2020
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • D.C. Courts
  • 2014
  • Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll
  • D.C. Courts
  • 2013


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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (13)
Endorse Nigel
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nigel and I have worked together on several matters for The Good Food Institute. From drafting regulatory petitions to getting the government to produce documents under FOIA, he is consistently smart, efficient, and tenacious."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nigel is a consummate professional and zealous advocate. He navigates trial and negotiation skillfully, and has a sharp intellect that serves his clients well."
Business Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nigel is a highly skilled litigator and advocate who gets results for his clients and is respected by his peers in the legal community. A client who has Nigel on his or her side is a fortunate client. I strongly endorse him."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you need a whip smart attorney to aggressively advocate your cause before the Court of Appeals, you turn to Nigel. He has extensive experience conducting legal research, identifying issues, and framing legal arguments favorably. He is articulate, clear, and persuasive. He has argued - and won - cases before the D.C. Court of Appeals. Nigel is careful, precise, trustworthy, and reliable. He has an excellent reputation among his colleagues. I myself turn to Nigel when I need a second opinion on an issue or help in preparing for an appellate argument. I fully endorse Nigel, you can't go wrong with him!"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Friend
"Nigel was my law school classmate. He does thoughtful and careful work, and I recommend him highly."
General practice Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nigel and I were classmates at Harvard Law School and have kept in touch since then. I am confident that he delivers first class representation to his clients."
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