Nicolas (Nick) Thompson is a partner in the Government, Regulatory, and Internal Investigations Practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has extensive experience representing clients in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies.

Nick represents businesses in virtually every major industry, including the healthcare, energy, and finance sectors. He regularly advises clients on legal and compliance issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other corporate criminal laws, such as antitrust and securities laws.

Nick conducts internal investigations around the world, including in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and North America. He speaks fluent Spanish and French and often conducts investigations in those languages.

As an experienced civil litigator, Nick defends clients in civil litigation and associated investigations that often run parallel with the criminal matters he handles. He is particularly skilled in civil litigation involving the False Claims Act.

He maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on advocating for school children with special needs to receive the educational assistance to which they are entitled.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Nick was a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal and served as a law clerk to Judge Steven Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Before law school, Nick worked as a consultant at Bain & Company in the U.S. and France advising business leaders.


Thought Leadership


Mark Filip, Brigham Cannon & Nicolas Thompson, Energy and the Environment, in THE GLOBAL INVESTIGATIONS REVIEW, THE GUIDE TO MONITORSHIPS 178 (2019)


Recent Developments in Anti-Corruption Enforcement, Houston Association of Corporate Counsel (March 2019)

Conducting Internal Investigations, Houston Association of Corporate Counsel (May 2018)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • French
  • Spanish


  • Yale Law SchoolJ.D.2009

    Notes Editor, Yale Law Journal

    Olin Fellow in Law & Economics

  • Brigham Young UniversityB.A., Economics

    summa cum laude


    Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholar