Welcome Joe Keeley and Nicole Vele

Michael Best Strategies LLC (Strategies) and Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (the firm) are continuing to grow their unparalleled team of government and legal experts, delivering clients wins across a vast collection of industries. This week, Strategies and the firm announced a new addition to their Washington, D.C. offices. Nicole Vele, former United States Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG), joins the law firm as Senior Counsel in the Regulatory Practice Group.

On the heels of other prominent hires like former chief legislative advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Erik Berdy and former Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Michael Best Strategies LLC and Michael Best & Friedrich LLP display its continued commitment to growing its depth of talent in Washington and throughout the country.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Nicole to our D.C. team,” said David Crass, Managing Partner of Michael Best’s Washington, D.C. office and Chair of the Firm’s Federal Practice Group. “Considering her extensive background, coupled with highly accomplished works serving as a JAG for the U.S. Air Force, Nicole will be a huge asset to Strategies and the law firm and our growing procurement and national defense practices.”

About Nicole Vele – Prior to joining Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Vele served as a Judge Advocate General for the United States Air Force. During her service, she was hand selected to serve as Team Lead for the Commercial Litigation Field Support Center and was also awarded the Air Force Test Center’s 2019 Albert M. Kuhfeld Outstanding Young Judge Advocate award.

Nicole has significant experience in federal government procurement and will be a key member of the Firm’s integrated government procurement practice.

In her previous role as Chief of the Field Support Center at Joint Base Andrews, Vele led a team providing expert contract law advice to Air Force lawyers worldwide on a variety of contracting issues including solicitations, source selections, modifications, claims, terminations, contracting officer’s final decisions, and corrective actions. She also provided vital analysis and legal support and reduced litigation risk for multiple major acquisitions and contracts.

Vele earned her B.A. from Marquette University, her M.S. in Organizational Leadership & Quality from Marian University, her M.S. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin School of Education, and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Most recently, Vele earned her LL.M. in Government Procurement with highest honors from the George Washington University Law School.

Michael Best Strategies (Strategies) helps companies accelerate their success through a combination of strategic business consulting, lobbying, government relations, public affairs, and communications. The firm has thrived by providing a diverse team of professionals with the experience, skills, and relationships necessary to help each client achieve their goals more quickly and fully.
Bio Link Nicole is an attorney with substantial experience in government procurement, litigation, and dispute resolution. Her background includes more than 11 years managing government contracts and both civil and criminal litigation for the U.S. Air Force. Expertise: Regulatory, Government Procurement, Litigation, and Regulatory Defense, Compliance & White Collar