Nikesh Jindal is a partner in King & Spalding's Contracts and Business Torts and Healthcare practices in the Washington, D.C. office. Nikesh has significant experience representing clients in administrative law and regulatory matters in court and before federal agencies.  

Nikesh has coordinated and led efforts to challenge several agency regulations, and has represented clients in investigations before Congress and various Executive Branch agencies. He has defended clients in several qui tam-related lawsuits and government audits involving government funding programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. He has particular expertise in issues involving healthcare, higher education and financial regulatory matters.

Nikesh has represented clients before various agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Treasury, Department of Education, Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Nikesh joined the firm in 2014 after having spent the last six years as a litigation associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Prior to that, he was Associate General Counsel at the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. In that capacity, he provided counsel to senior policy officials on legal and regulatory issues arising from several federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education.

As part of his responsibilities, Nikesh reviewed significant rulemakings and worked directly with the relevant agencies to resolve any legal issues. Among other things, he worked on legislative and regulatory policies implementing Parts C and D of Medicare, and other initiatives affecting Medicaid, SCHIP, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Prior to joining OMB, Nikesh was the senior counsel at the Department of Energy, where he was actively involved in several key Department initiatives, including the drafting of guidelines implementing a multi-billion dollar loan guarantee program for innovative technologies authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Nikesh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Portland, Oregon. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal, and graduated summa cum laude in 1999 with an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College.


  • Co-author of the chapter, U.S. Response to the 2008 Financial Crisis:  The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act and Related Measures, in the book entitled Global Financial Crisis.

  • Co-author of “Observations on the Rise of the Appellate Litigator” published in the University of Texas School of Law’s The Review of Litigation, Volume 29:3, Symposium 2010.


  • Co-chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
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