Nicholas "Nick" Leibham is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Newport Beach and Washington, D.C., offices, and is a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Mr. Leibham has 20 years of policy/political experience and principally advises clients that have a substantial interest in government as a marketplace where he advises the gamut: from true angel round startups to global Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Leibham's counsel includes aspects of policy development as well as lobbying the legislative and executive branches of government, federal funding and business development initiatives, procurement, public-private partnerships, regulatory matters and rulemakings, tax policy issues and company wind-downs where government is a creditor/stakeholder.

In addition, Mr. Leibham also acts as outside general counsel and has substantial experience managing litigation and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) teams, counseling in the area of boardroom governance and facilitating internal investigations, as well as government enforcement actions.

Mr. Leibham has significant legislative and political experience, having been the Western regional director for the Democratic National Committee as well as a senior aide to Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii).

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Leibham worked for an international law firm where he served as a member of the firm's political law group, and co-headed the emerging technologies and innovation law and policy practice. Mr. Leibham also served as a prosecutor on behalf of the state of California.


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • University of San Diego, MBA
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • District of Columbia