Nicole is a Partner at Koprince Law, LLC. Nicole is also co-author of the recently published “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook Volume 4: Second Edition – The 8(a) Program.”
Nicole’s practice focuses exclusively on federal government contract law. In this endeavor, Nicole draws on her civil litigation experience to zealously advocate for clients in several areas of government contracts litigation, including GAO bid protests and SBA size and status protests. Establishing and maintaining quality client relations is and has always been of the upmost importance to Nicole—ask any one of her many long-term, valued clients here at Koprince.
Nicole also leverages her intensive training in legal research and writing to assist clients in transactional needs, including a wide range of complex legal agreements. She is a meticulous drafter and reviewer, well-known for her perceptive eye and ability to identify and draft-to-avoid contractual issues that could potentially arise down the road.
Nicole also utilizes her finely-tuned persuasive writing skills and polished understanding of SBA’s socioeconomic program requirements to assist clients with program admissions, certifications, and denial appeals. Nicole has a specialized knowledge and deep understanding of SBA’s 8(a) Program, as well as a passion for helping disadvantaged individuals utilize it. This inspired her to draft the 8(a) Handbook and her many 8(a) SmallGovCon blog posts; and it is what drives her in crafting her quality social disadvantage narratives that truly capture her clients’ stories.
Prior to joining Koprince Law, Nicole worked in civil litigation, where she specialized in medical malpractice, railroad collisions, wrongful-death, traumatic brain injury, and product liability. In that position, Nicole represented clients in multi-million-dollar state and federal lawsuits.
At Washburn University School of Law, Nicole served on the Washburn Intellectual Property Society and worked as a “Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing” teaching assistant and a research assistant for the head of the Washburn Government Law Department. There, her research and editing contributed to the American Bar Association’s Administrative and Regulatory Law News publication. Nicole received her B.A. from the University of Kansas, where she dual majored in psychology and biology.
Here at Koprince, Nicole relies on her technical background, proficiency in legal analysis and writing, and her teaching skills to assist clients in navigating the intricacies of government contracts law. She spends most of her free time outdoors with her husband and son, where she enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, and fishing. Nicole is a volunteer at a local animal rescue, which is how she ended up a few dogs of her own. She is also an avid yogi and a fierce traveling kickball player.
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Kansas Bar Association
- Missouri Bar Association
- J.D., Washburn University School of Law
- B.A., The University of Kansas
- “Compliant and Effective Teaming Agreements, Joint Ventures & Subcontracts (Three-Part Series).” Co-Presenter. 2021 Govology Webinar.
- “Still a Game Changer: The SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protege Program (2021 Update).” Co-Presenter. 2021 Govology Webinar.
- “8(a) Joint Ventures.” Co-Presenter. 2021 SBA Training Webinar, El Paso District Office.
- “10 Myths of Selling To The Government.” Guest Presenter, 2020 The GovCast Podcast
- “Understanding and Obtaining the SBA’s WOSB and EDWOSB Certifications.” Co-Presenter, 2020 Govology Webinar
- “Buy American Act, Berry Amendment, and Trade Agreements Act.” Co-Presenter, 2020 Govology Webinar
- “Affiliations”, Co-Presenter, 2020 Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service PTAC Webinar
- “5 Things You Should Know: SBA’s Recent 8(a) Program Updates”, SmallGovCon 2021.
- “SBA Suggests Three Pages or Fewer for Social Disadvantage Narratives–But Really?”, SmallGovCon 2021.
- “Second Edition – The 8(a) Program: Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook Volume 4.” Co-Author, Amazon, 2021.
- “Update: DUNS Not ‘Done’ Until Spring 2022.” SmallGovCon, 2021.
- “FAA Updates Its Rules to Embrace HUBZone Program.” SmallGovCon, 2021.
- “Agency’s Decision to Cancel FAR Part 8 Solicitations and Move the Work to Existing Multiple Award Contract Was Flawed, Says COFC.” SmallGovCon, 2021.
- “COFC Says Agency Must Consider Rule of Two Before Using Multiple-Award IDIQ Contract Vehicle.” SmallGovCon, 2021.
- “Congress Says Small Business Without Past Performance Can Submit Joint Venture Experience Instead.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “OHA: CVE Appeals Go Directly to Us, Not CVE.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “GAO Clarifies Increase-the-Scope Exception For Task Order Jurisdiction.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “SBA Inspector General Says SBA’s Corrective Actions Have Effectively Resolved 8(a) Eligibility Concerns.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “Playing Games? GAO Requires NASA to Scratch $650 Million Contract Due to Foosball Snafu.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “SBA Clarifies that SBIR and STTR Programs Will Allow Successor-In-Interest Transfers of Awards.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “VA CVE Verification Appeals Must be Filed at SBA, Not VA.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “Inspector General: SBA’s Certify.SBA.gov Platform “Has Not Accomplished Its Objectives.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “Ring Ring! GAO Sustains Protest of Awardee’s Conflict of Interest.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “Whose Jurisdiction is it Anyways? GAO Dismisses Size Challenge.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “GAO Awards Costs After Agency Unduly Delays Corrective Action.” SmallGovCon, 2020
- “The FAR’s Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Clause is Finally Getting the Boot.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “PPP Loans: To Take or Not To Take?” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “An Agency’s Broken Promise is Not GAO’s Problem.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “OHA Remands Area Office’s Conflicting Decision in Concurrent Size and Status Protests.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “DoD Warns Contractors to be Wary of Adversarial Investments during Pandemic.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “Sole-Source Options for Agencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “8(a) Social Disadvantage Narratives: What SBA is Looking For.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “It’s Not Up to Agency to Clarify Layout and Printing Errors in Proposals, Says GAO.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “SBA Area Office Double Counted Revenue in Denial of 8(a) Application, Says OHA.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “Federal Supply Schedule Acquisitions Require Price Comparisons to Determine Lowest Overall Cost, Says GAO.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “GAO Sustains Challenge Based on Misrepresentation of Incumbent Staff Availability.” SmallGovCon, 2020.
- “New Avenue for SBA Protests: Ostensible Subcontractor Status Protests.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
- “SBA Proposes to Remove the “Three” from the “Three-in-Two” Rule for Joint Ventures.” SmallGovCon, 2019.
Recent YouTube Videos
- “GAO Task Order Jurisdiction.” YouTube 2020
- “8(a) Eligibility, Appealing Denials.” YouTube 2020
- “The CICA Stay of Performance.” YouTube, 2020.
- “Writing Your 8(a) Application’s Social Disadvantage Narrative: What the SBA is Looking For.” YouTube, 2019.
- “Data Rights Protection: Avoiding the Unlimited Government Rights Default.” YouTube, 2019.
- Drafted numerous social disadvantage narratives for 8(a) Program applications.
- Drafted successful OHA Appeal of 8(a) Program denial.
- Drafted supplemental protest for originally-pro se protester resulting in corrective action in $40 million procurement.
- Prepared SBA OHA Size Protest raising affiliation issues such as ostensible subcontractor affiliation.
- Drafted Intervenor Responses to SBA OHA Size Protests defending issues such as ownership and control.
- Served as primary drafter of a successful pre-award protest challenging the small business set-aside designation’s conformity with the Rule of Two.
- Participated on briefing team for GAO bid protest in a $100 million procurement challenging various issues with the agency’s evaluation.
- Served as primary drafter of numerous GAO bid protests to the terms of solicitations and contract awards.
- Prepared Intervenor Comments for GAO bid protest challenging agency awards.
- Drafted joint venture agreements for SDVOSB, VOSB, EDWOSB, WOSB, 8(a) Program, and small business set-aside procurements.
- Prepared operating agreements for small businesses and small business joint ventures focused on incorporating specific client needs while maintaining SBA regulation-compliance.