Nikki Burnett

Senior Associate

Nikki assists clients facing high-stakes challenges across CLS Strategies’ crisis and litigation, public affairs and international practice areas. Her work has supported several Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, multiple global banking institutions and more as they navigate multifaceted media environments both in the United States and abroad.  

During her time at CLS, Nikki has aided clients with a range of needs, from complex litigation in the pharmaceutical and technology industries to public affairs and digital initiatives. Recently, she has followed several product liability, antitrust and employment cases and helped to spearhead the “Don’t Comcast the Internet” campaign against the now-defunct Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. As a CLS Strategies intern, Nikki also assisted the Champagne Bureau, USA as it represents winemakers in the Champagne region of France, helped the team as it informed stakeholders of the commercial potential of unmanned aircraft systems and served on the firm’s marketing team.

Prior to joining CLS Strategies, Nikki was engaged in communications and public diplomacy-related work. Interning at several institutions as an undergraduate, she gained experience with media relations by helping to implement the Wilson Center’s communications initiatives and assisted foreign policy scholars at a Turkish think tank. Additionally, Nikki spent a semester supporting a member of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior staff at the U.S. Department of State.

Hailing from the Midwest but a converted D.C. resident, Nikki graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from American University with a B.A. in international studies. 


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