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Nigel Barrella

Nigel Barrella, Attorney at Law

Nigel is a business and regulatory attorney with a modern, diverse legal practice, with an emphasis on serving food and dietary supplement businesses and other businesses regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. He especially enjoys working with young and growing businesses, to help them navigate difficult legal and regulatory issues so they can build something great.

Nigel has taken a public role working with one of his nonprofit clients to overcome regulatory barriers that might hinder the production and adoption of innovative new foods, particularly plant-based foods and foods made with cellular agriculture. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience, and he enjoys putting his technical and scientific background to good use for his clients. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Nigel also believes strongly in giving back to the community, including through pro bono work. He has served over five years on the D.C. Criminal Justice Act panel, representing indigent defendants on appeal; successfully represented several veterans who had been denied compensation by the US government for their military-connected injuries; obtained numerous protective orders for victims of domestic violence; and represented young people seeking asylum in the United States.


Here are some of the state and federal courts and administrative agencies where Nigel represents clients. The rules about where and how attorneys can represent clients are complicated -- Nigel may be able to help you even if you don't see your state, court, or agency on the list.

State Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
North Carolina
New York

Federal Courts

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (licensed patent attorney)
 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (accredited)
…plus FDA, USDA, FTC, and other federal agencies which require no special licensing for attorneys.
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