Mr McNicholas is a global coordinator of Sidley's privacy, data security, and information law practice. His practice focuses on clients facing complex information technology, constitutional and privacy issues in civil and white-collar criminal matters. Mr McNicholas concentrates his practice on trial and appellate representations of technologically-sophisticated companies facing complex personal information issues. He has significant experience with cutting-edge internet and information law matters involving privacy and data protection, electronic surveillance, information security, cloud computing, 'big data', and national security. His internal investigation and litigation matters have frequently involved complex, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-national litigation issues, and have included federal court jurisdictional and constitutional concerns, especially related to the First and Fourth Amendments.
Mr McNicholas previously served as an associate counsel to President Clinton. In that capacity, he advised senior White House staff regarding various independent counsel, congressional and grand jury investigations, with a particular focus on issues of executive privilege and electronic discovery. He also previously served as a desk officer at the US Office of Government Ethics, where he helped national defence and intelligence agencies establish effective compliance programmes.
Mr McNicholas received his JD (cum laude, Harvard Law Review editor) from Harvard Law School in 1996 and his AB (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Princeton University in 1991. He clerked for the honourable Paul Niemeyer on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr McNicholas is admitted in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
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