Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale is a managing director at Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, based in the Washington, D.C. office. Nicole has more than 25 years of executive-level experience and a unique viewpoint on global commercial and compliance matters from her extensive service in both the public and private sectors. Nicole’s areas of focus at Kroll include investigative due diligence in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, regulatory compliance matters, market entry support and sexual misconduct investigations. She chairs the firm’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and National Security practice and co-chairs the firm’s Educational Investigations practice. 

Prior to joining Kroll, Nicole was at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy consultancy, where she was Senior Vice President. A passionate advocate for business, Nicole was nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). In this role, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the industry-facing unit of ITA, serving as the liaison between U.S. industry and the federal government with respect to access to international markets and U.S. policies impacting the competitiveness of U.S. exports. In this role, Nicole also served as the Department’s lead on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) where she represented the interests of business in some of the most significant cases before CFIUS in recent history. In addition, she regularly led business delegations on international trade and trade policy missions during which she negotiated with senior foreign government officials on the elimination of regulatory and legal impediments to trade to create policy environments conducive to free trade and to mitigate market access barriers to U.S. exports.

Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary, Nicole served by presidential appointment as the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of General Counsel, where she managed a $50 million operating budget and 300 attorneys, and assisted the General Counsel as the legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.

Nicole practiced law in two international law firms in which she specialized in business restructuring and public finance. After practicing as an equity partner with the Michigan-based law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC, where she served as the chair of the bankruptcy practice and as hiring partner, Ms. Lamb-Hale joined the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP as an equity partner where she continued her counseling of corporate clients in significant business transactions, including out of court restructuring and bankruptcy.

In addition to her client work, Nicole served as the managing partner of Foley & Lardner’s Detroit office where she was responsible for managing operations, new business development and the implementation of the firm's business strategies and objectives in the Michigan market.

Nicole has been active in civic and community affairs throughout her career for which she has received recognition over the years. She is currently the president of the board of trustees of The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. Nicole also serves on the boards of trustees of the Center for International Private Enterprise and Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. In addition, Nicole is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on its Independent Task Force on U.S. Innovation Strategy and National Security. She also serves on the advisory board of the American Leadership Initiative and the corporate advisory board of Coaster Cycles. Nicole is also a past holder of the Gwendolyn and Colby King Endowed Chair for Public Policy at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Nicole is certified by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) as an Advanced Investigator.

Selected International Trade Missions
  • Renewable Energy Trade Policy Mission, Chile.
  • U.S. China Investment Forum, China.
  • Clean Energy Trade Mission, Saudi Arabia.
  • Export Green Trade Mission, Brazil.
  • Franchising Trade Mission, India.
Selected Congressional Testimony 
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade: “National Travel and Tourism Strategy and Progress of the Corporation for Travel Promotion.”
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade: “Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation.”
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness: “Doubling U.S. Exports: Are U.S. Sea Ports Ready for the Challenge?”
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Policy: “The Obama Administration Manufacturing Agenda.”
Education and Certifications 
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • A.B., Political Science, University of Michigan Honors College
  • Admitted to Michigan State Bar
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
  • Center for International Private Enterprise, Board of Trustees
  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  • CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Innovation Strategy and National Security 
  • American Leadership Initiative, Advisory Board 
  • The Holton-Arms School, Board of Trustees
  • Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., Board of Trustees
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