More about the Law Office of Nigel A. Barrella - proudly serving individuals and businesses in the District of Columbia and nationwide since 2012.


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 agencies which require no special licensing for attorneys.


A bit about Nigel.

Nigel Barrella

Where did you go to school?

I got my law degree from Harvard Law School. Before law school, I was a huge science geek and earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University. (Go Devils!) I still really enjoy math and science. It comes in handy when my cases involve technical or scientific matters, too.

Why did you become a lawyer?

I enjoy solving problems, and it seemed like a good way to do that for a living. And the problems you solve as a lawyer are immediate and practical — they really matter, and I like helping people in that way. I also enjoy learning new things, and that’s something every lawyer must do (if you want to be any good!)

What would you do if you weren't a lawyer?

Tough question! I’d probably teach high school physics. I have the highest respect for teachers and I’ve always enjoyed teaching. I taught middle-school English in China for a year after college, maybe the best year of my life.

But enough about me. What can I do for you?

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