Colleen Nihill leads business professionals in each of the firm’s practices, and oversees the pricing and project management department, office administrative teams, and paralegal management functions throughout Morgan Lewis’s global presence. Colleen’s administrative experience spans a host of issues relating to pricing, profitability, project management, and business operations, earning her two consecutive commendations for pricing and project management from Financial Times.
Prior to joining the firm, Colleen served as chief administrative officer at another international law firm, also previously serving as its firmwide director of pricing and project management, where she established a first of its kind legal project management department supported by a dedicated team of professionals with MBAs, law degrees, and advanced training in math and statistics. Before serving in administrative-level positions, Colleen worked as an attorney in the litigation and antitrust practices of two other law firms.
Since 2012, Colleen has helped develop and deliver a business of law operations module at her alma matter, Villanova University School of Law. She is also a contributing author featured in the Ark Group's 2011 book Project Management for Lawyers: Developing Best Practices in Legal Project Management, Ark Group’s 2012 book Buying Legal: Procurement Insights and Practice and Buying Legal's 2015 Legal Procurement Handbook. Colleen was also featured in the 2015 Of Counsel Management Report: A Hiring Trend on the Rise in 2015, and the in Legal Technology News: The Eureka Moment in 2012.
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, 2015, Executive Development Program
Villanova University School of Law, 2001, J.D., Cum Laude
Loyola College in Maryland, 1998, B.A., Psychology
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2019)
Recipient, Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Commendation, Business of Law category (2011 & 2012)