Nikki Calvano, J.D., MSSL, has been a practicing attorney and training professional for over 25 years. Prior to retiring from the United States Department of Justice, Nikki was an Assistant Director in the Office of Legal Education, where she founded and led the Justice Leadership Institute (JLI); supervised the civil attorney training team in designing courses and provided legal/advocacy skills instruction; started the Medicaid Integrity Institute which trains state Medicaid staff; and served as Chief of the National Bankruptcy Training Institute at the National Advocacy Center. During her years with JLI, Nikki provided leadership instruction and coaching on strategic planning, reorganization, performance management practices, and change processes at all levels of the Justice Department. Nikki continues to assist prosecutorial offices in Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe in their efforts to meet managerial leadership challenges, develop curriculum, and address training needs.
Earlier in her career, Nikki was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago and Kansas City, and a Trial Attorney and Special Counsel with the Department of Justice, Civil Division, in Washington, DC. Over the years, Nikki has led trial teams, and litigated multi-district tort cases, Title VII and False Claims Act cases, as well as health care fraud and white collar criminal prosecutions. She also supervised complex civil litigation, handled appeals, participated in legislative drafting and policy development, mentored new attorneys and supervisors, and designed training programs throughout the Justice Department. For several years, Nikki was adjunct faculty with the American University School of Law and the University of Maryland.
Nikki holds a Juris Doctor, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education.