Nakia Arrington focuses her practice on litigation and investigations, including economic development work, federal regulatory issues, environmental compliance, and American Indian Law, as well as a broad range of civil litigation. Nakia has represented businesses regarding regulatory and compliance matters, land use issues, and Clean Water Act citizen suits.

Prior to joining the firm, Nakia was hired under the prestigious and highly competitive Attorney General’s Honors Program where she served as Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Sensitive and Strategic Information Litigation Section, and as a United States Marine Corps Reserve Officer. In addition, she completed a summer internship with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

During law school, Nakia was a member of the University of North Carolina School of Law First Amendment Law Review. She served as the Student Bar Association’s Class President her 1L and 2L years, and as the Native American Law Students Association President her 2L and 3L years. Nakia received multiple oral advocacy awards and was a 2020 James E. & Carolyn B. Davis Society Nominee.

Nakia and her husband have three children and hail from the beautiful state of North Carolina. Nakia is a member of the Lumbee Tribe.

  • Experience
    • Holds top secret security clearance 
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Awards & Honors

    U.S. DOJ Special Recognition Award for Initiative and Tenacity

    UNC School of Law 2019 Trial Advocacy Best Advocate Award

    UNC School of Law 2018 Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award

    Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

    The Marine Corps League’s Distinguished Citizen Award

  • Bar & Court Admissions
    North Carolina State Bar
  • Government Service

    U.S. Department of Justice

    Federal Bureau of Investigation, Assistant General Counsel, 2021

    Environment and Natural Resources Division, Law Clerk, 2019

    U.S. Department of Defense

    U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Various positions foreign and domestic, 2001-2021

  • News & Presentations


    2022 NHA Northeast Regional Meeting(6/27/2022)
    Moderator, "Licensing 2.0 and Hydropower’s Big Tent: Tribal Engagement, Environmental Justice, and other Trends in Relicensing"
    National Hydropower Association
  • Thought Leadership

    Updates / Newsletters

* Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Work is supervised by a member of the District of Columbia bar.

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University of North Carolina School of Law J.D., 2020

Senior Military Leadership Academy and The Officer Basic School Diplomas, 2013 & 2016

University of Phoenix B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 2011