Nicholas W. Allard became the eighth Dean of Brooklyn Law School on July 1, 2012. Dean Allard is globally recognized for his expertise on legislative, regulatory, and administrative matters in the areas of telecommunications, information technology, health, energy, environmental law, and higher education. He has worked with numerous clients at domestic and international organizations including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and public and private universities. In 2005, he became a partner at Patton Boggs LLP, where he chaired the Public Policy Department and co-chaired the Government Advocacy Practice. Before joining Patton Boggs, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he chaired the firm’s Government Relations Group.
Dean Allard’s multiple honors and awards include a top ranking in “Government Relations” by Chambers USA in 2012; a 2010 Visionary Award from the National Journal-Legal Times; recognition as one of D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011; and a Hermes Award for Contribution to Study of Communications from the Syracuse University College of Law. The depth and breadth of his expertise across multiple sectors have made him a highly sought-after speaker before academic and professional audiences in the United States and abroad.
Dean Allard has longstanding ties to academia, having published scholarship on a broad range of issues, including Internet Law, new media, and privacy; and he has taught at the George Mason University Law School and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He sits on the board of the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts and the Hastings University Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, and is a contributor to both journals. He is the author of a chapter and the foreword to The ABA Lobbying Manual: A Complete Guide to Federal Lobbying Law and Practices, published in 2011. His work has also appeared in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, the Federal Communications Law Journal, and the California Western Law Review. Additionally, he has written extensively for popular journalistic publications such as Newsweek and Politico, and for professional and trade journals.
In addition to his experience in legal practice and academia, Dean Allard has notable experience on Capitol Hill. He served as administrative assistant and chief of staff to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and as minority staff counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he was legal counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy.
Throughout his career, Dean Allard has held a range of professional distinctions and leadership positions. He is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association Administrative Law Section Task Force on Lobbying Regulation. He is a founding member of the Center for Technology Law at George Mason University, where he spent several years on the advisory board. He holds prominent alumni leadership positions at Princeton University, Oxford University, and the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, and is a trustee of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He has also served on the White House Fellows Selection Committee and the advisory board of the Center for National Policy.
Dean Allard is a graduate of Princeton University, Oxford University (where he was also a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale University Law School. He began his law career with clerkships for the Honorable Robert P. Peckham of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Honorable Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.