Crystal Nix-Hines is a Partner in the Los Angeles Office where she focuses on class action litigation, contractual and unfair business practice disputes, shareholder derivative actions, internal investigations and other complex matters. Her clients include both corporations as well as non-profit organizations. Since returning to the firm in 2017 after her tenure in Paris as U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, Ambassador Nix-Hines has also spearheaded the firm’s Crisis Law & Strategy Group, which helps companies with crisis management, as well as longer-term strategic issues including diversity and inclusion, compliance and corporate governance issues. She also Chairs the firm’s Education Practice Group and is currently defending numerous universities in COVID-19 related class action litigation. She initially joined the firm in 2008 as Of Counsel.
A former Supreme Court law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O’Connor, and to the late William Norris of the Ninth Circuit, Ambassador Nix-Hines excels in formulating legal strategy and written product that will demolish the opposing side. She works actively to secure early victories for clients at the motion to dismiss or summary judgment stages, while laying the groundwork for a successful appeal, if necessary. She has played an instrumental role in numerous trial and appellate cases, including two successful cases before the Supreme Court.
During her ambassadorial tenure, Ambassador Nix-Hines established a proactive, entrepreneurial and constructive mandate for the U.S. Mission that highlighted American leadership and improved organizational governance and effectiveness. She successfully led United States’ efforts in Paris to secure reelection to UNESCO’s Executive Board – the key decision-making body – as well as launched a series of innovative initiatives, including two global public-private partnerships.
Ambassador Nix-Hines earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she graduated with honors and served as Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. During her nine-year tenure as a Trustee of Princeton University, she served on its Executive and Nominating Committees, and chaired its Student Life Committee. Along with other Trustees, she oversaw the University’s $21 billion endowment, as well as a Capital Campaign that raised over $1.88 billion.