Nicole focuses her practice on white-collar litigation, compliance matters, and data privacy issues. As a partner with Roetzel and Andress, Nicole conducted internal investigations of companies when fraud was suspected, conducted risk assessments of corporate high-risk areas, and investigated data breach incidents. She represented companies under civil and criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, she represented clients in complex federal healthcare and financial prosecutions.

Nicole was a federal prosecutor for 12 years where she honed her litigation and investigative skills. She was the Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division from 2010-2013 and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2002-2009, where she held a number of supervisory positions. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she handled complex white-collar matters including bank fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, public corruption, and national security matters. She uses her extensive experience with the federal government to counsel clients on the handling ...

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  • Presentations & Teaching Experience
    • “Compounding Pharmacy Enforcement Update – Nationwide Increase in Civil and Criminal Investigations” – International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), (February 2016)
    • “Vendor Management: Evaluating and Mitigating Risks Through Contract Management and Monitoring” – Defense Research Institute (DRI), Data Breach and Privacy Law Seminar, Chicago (November 2015)
    • “Surviving a HIPAA Breach Investigation” – Health Care Enforcement Compliance Institute, Washington, D.C., (October 2015)
    • “Pharmacy Legal Update: TRICARE False Claims Recoveries” – FisherBroyles Pharmacy Law Webinar Series (September 2015)
    • “Protecting Your Business in the Digital Age” – USLAW Legal Leaders & Corporate Counsel Exchange, Chicago (March 2015)
    • National Advocacy Center Lecturer
  • Publications
    • Is Your Pharmacy HIPAA Strong?” – Pharmacy Edge Magazine (May 2016)
    • Pharma Industry Prosecution Trends: The Expansion of Corruption Enforcement in the Global Market,” Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor (July 8, 2015)
    • Upcoming HIPAA Audits and Four Key Areas for Compliance” – Corporate Compliance Insights (April 2015)
    • Community Policing: The Need to Change the Culture of Compliance” – American City and County (February 2015)
    • The Characteristics of a Great Compliance Officer” – Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor (2014)




Nicole Hughes Waid


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Washington, D.C.


Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, 1998
Villanova University, 1995

Prior Law Firm Experience

Roetzel & Andress

Practice Areas