The Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale is a Managing Director at Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, a global leader in risk mitigation, compliance, security, and incident response solutions. Based in Washington, DC, Lamb-Hale 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. Her areas of focus at Kroll include investigative due diligence in M&A transactions, regulatory compliance matters, market entry support, and sexual misconduct investigations. She joined Kroll from Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy consultancy, where she was Senior Vice President.
A passionate advocate for business, Lamb-Hale 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, she 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, Lamb-Hale 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.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Lamb-Hale practiced law in two major 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, she 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, Lamb-Hale 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.
Lamb-Hale has been active in civic and community affairs throughout her career for which she has received recognition over the years. She currently serves on the board of trustees of The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland and the board of trustees of Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, DC. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of The Links Incorporated and a past member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is the past Chair of the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation, a non-profit organization that worked to combat IP theft threatening the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. She is also a past Holder of the Gwendolyn and Colby King Endowed Chair for Public Policy at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Lamb-Hale earned her A.B. with high honors from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.