Nicolas E.M. Michiels is an associate in the Education practice group, advising educational institutions regarding compliance with state and federal standards.

Nicolas also represents postsecondary schools in audit and program review proceedings before the U.S. Department of Education. He monitors legislative, regulatory, interpretive guidance, and other developments on a variety of federal education matters.

Nicolas earned a B.A., cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2006, with a major in Government, a minor in History, and a certificate in African Studies. He graduated cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2010. During law school, Nicolas was a Note & Comment Editor on the American University Law Review. As a Marshall-Brennan Fellow in 2008-2009, he taught a high school course on students’ rights and responsibilities and prepared students for Moot Court competitions.

Nicolas joined Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville in September 2010, after working as a summer associate and a law clerk with the firm. In addition to clerking at Powers, he was a law clerk at the National Security Archive. Prior to law school, Nicolas was a Paralegal Clerk in the Education group at Hogan & Hartson, LLP.

Education Policy
Litigation – Education
Program Reviews and IG Audits
Title IV Eligibility and Compliance

J.D., cum laude, American University, 2010
B.A., cum laude, Georgetown University, 2006


District of Columbia


Member, Education Law Association