Nicholas Meriwether

Nicholas Meriwether focuses his practice on matters related to data privacy and cybersecurity, criminal post conviction and sentence modification, civil rights and constitutional law, and whistleblower protection.

Prior to joining Cohen Harris, Nicholas worked as a federal employment and civil rights litigator at a law firm in western New York, where he advocated on behalf of federal employees facing discrimination and whistleblower retaliation. In this role, Nicholas worked on several high profile whistleblower cases related to technology and cybersecurity involving the U.S. Navy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nicholas was consistently praised by clients for his personable approach to each case, diligent work ethic, negotiation skills, and creative litigation strategies which resulted in many successful case results.

Previously, Nicholas worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the District Court for Baltimore City, where he litigated cases on behalf of clients charged with a wide range of misdemeanor offenses. As a native of Baltimore, Nicholas was proud to serve his community and fought vigorously against routine injustices faced by low-income residents of Baltimore City. Nicholas also worked extensively with local organizations to secure drug treatment and mental health counseling services for numerous clients as an alternative to incarceration. In this role, Nicholas also demonstrated his passion for technology by challenging the use of LIDAR speed tracking and improper drug lab procedures and analyses.

As a law student, Nicholas worked as a student-attorney for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project representing clients in claims of actual innocence, where he focused his practice on forensic analyses. Likewise, Nicholas served as a law clerk in the Forensics, Post Conviction, and Baltimore City Felony Trial Divisions of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, where he further specialized in digital forensics and developed a passion for data privacy and technology issues. Specifically, Nicholas assisted with the research and litigation related to “IMSI-catcher” cell phone tracking technology, commonly known as “Stingray,” and helped develop new templates for digital discovery demands. Likewise, Nicholas wrote extensively about data rights, technology matters and digital surveillance, including the US-EU Privacy Shield, the Third Party Doctrine of the Fourth Amendment, and the effects warrantless digital surveillance on low income communities.

Nicholas currently holds his CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and serves as an active member of the IAPP in the Baltimore region. He has pursued numerous post-JD courses on emerging technology and privacy and specializes in data encryption, electronic surveillance, and regulatory compliance matters. Nicholas’ unique blend of litigation experience and specialization in data privacy and technology make him a highly effective resource on issues of data protection and compliance.

Nicholas previously worked as a legislative intern to the late Hon. Elijah Cummings at his District Office in Baltimore City and served as an intern to former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.