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Nick Harrison, ᴊᴅ, ᴍʙᴀ, ᴘᴍᴘ

Raised by a single mother on public assistance, Nick Harrison ran for Oklahoma State Legislature at the age of twenty-one as the youngest candidate in his state. He served as an airborne paratrooper stationed in Alaska – returning to complete college. He was the first in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree when he graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2005. He started law school at Oklahoma City University. He attained a #1 ranking in his class while serving as the Chair of the Student Senate during his first semester. Then, his studies were interrupted when he was deployed with the National Guard.

During his deployment to Afghanistan, Nick Harrison was initially stationed at Camp Darul Aman on the southwestern outskirts of Kabul as part of the Security Forces assigned to protect the Embedded Training Teams working with the Afghan National Army. He was assigned to take charge of the Brigade Tactical Operations Center just forty-eight hours after arriving in theatersupervising command and control operations over units in the Kabul, Nangarhar, and Kunar provinces. Nick was later the only junior enlisted member of his unit assigned to lead a security forces team at a forward operating base near the Pakistan border where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge – conducting a dismounted nighttime patrol outside the wire while the base was under rocket attack and a house-to-house search of a local village where a convoy had come under small arms fire.

Nick Harrison went on to earn a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship in 2011 between overseas tours to combat zones in Afghanistan and in Kuwait / Iraq. Upon his return from his last deployment, he was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and he relocated to the district – where he started his own law practice. He scored high enough on the Oklahoma bar exam in 2012 to be admitted to the Washington DC bar on a motion by the court in 2015.


Endorsements and Recommendations

  • Mr. Harrison became a newsroom leader and mentor. He modeled for younger journalists an attitude of curiosity and a habit of perseverance. He showed them how to look powerful people in the face and insist on answers. . . . I can attest that Mr. Harrison knows freedom of information laws very well and is a passionate advocate for government transparency and citizen access to the information we need to be free and self-governing. He is intelligent, fearless, passionate, and fair.

    Judy Gibbs Robinson
    Former Professor of Journalism
    University of Oklahoma
  • Mr. Harrison was always an outstanding volunteer and a loyal community servant – especially to the disenfranchised members of the community. . . . Mr. Harrison has also steadfastly continued his advocacy for people affected by HIV, including mounting his own personal challenge against the Department of Defense’s policy against HIV+ personnel receiving a commission. [He] continues to offer personal support and assistance to other similarly affected servicemembers  who are striving to make their own headways through the military’s administrative processes.

    Craig D. Reffner, Esq.
    Former HIV/AIDS Legal Resource Project Director
    Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
  • His breadth of knowledge and experience in regards to small business contracting has been a real asset to this agency and we have been truly blessed to have him as a Program Manager. Faced with the challenge of managing a $2.8 billion portfolio focused on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats to identify opportunities for small businesses and non‑traditional defense contractors and ensure the agency met its small business goals, he has responded with creativity and initiative. Mr. Harrison created most of the small business policy for our agency.

    Ricky T. McGlothin
    Former Director of Small Business Programs
    Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Professional Career

Nick Harrison has cultivated his law practice around service to small businesses and non-profit organizations in the community. He earned a reputation as an attorney who was not afraid to take on challenging cases against larger institutions. He received a lot of press coverage regarding the first case he took after being admitted to the bar – where he successfully defended a student journalist’s rights to public records in Stipek v. the University of Oklahoma.

At the U.S. Small Business Administration, he helped launch the White House’s Boots to Business Initiative, a program providing entrepreneurial training to servicemembers returning from overseas and separating from the military. He worked with Small Business Development Centers, SCORE Chapters, Women’s Business Centers, and Veteran’s Business Outreach Centers and traveled 21,364 miles to conduct fourteen site visits in eight states. He helped secure the first dedicated funding from Congress and helped oversee the delivery of classes to 6,000 participants at over 150 military bases in 2013-2014.

He went on to serve on the boards of the Modern Military Association of America and the Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center. He also served on several military contracts – helping run the U.S. Department of Defense’s $25 million Mentor-Protege Program spanning eight service components and defense agencies and helping manage the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s $2.8 billion portfolio focused on CBRNE threats to identify opportunities for small businesses and non-traditional defense contractors.


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While working on these contracts, Nick Harrison founded the Fidelis Law Group – a law firm specializing in class action litigation. He worked closely with some of the nation’s top product liability attorneys to attain a spectacular case record – handling seventy-six cases over the past three years and recovering over $8,250,000 for his clients. He also continued taking work on other government contracts. He served in a series of progressively more responsible project management roles at the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security. He also joined the boards of two other non-profit organizations serving the local community.

He continued to serve as a reservist in the National Guard as well. In 2013, he was selected for a JAG position supporting the Director of the National Guard Bureau. Although he had been diagnosed with HIV one year earlier, he had been told by several people that everyone knew the military’s HIV policies were outdated and that they were in the process of rewriting the regulations. So, he requested a waiver and an exception to policy – hoping to finish his twenty-year military career as a commissioned officer.

When the rewrite was abruptly cancelled and his request was subsequently denied, Nick Harrison led a campaign challenging the military’s outdated HIV policies. He met with the offices of fifty-four members of the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committees – putting together a coalition of advocacy groups that included the Human Rights Campaign, the National Urban League, AIDS United, Lambda Legal, the National Minority AIDS Council, the Modern Military Association of America (f/k/a Outserve-SLDN and AMPA), the Hepatitis B Foundation, and the Center for HIV Law and Policy and securing favorable language in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

After he agreed to serve as a named plaintiff in impact litigation seeking changes to the military’s policies, he appeared at various events in Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC and he gave press interviews to a variety of media outlets including Bloomberg, Vice, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. As a result of this media attention, the U.S. Department of Defense backed away from its attempt to kick out 1,823 HIV+ servicemembers under the “Deploy or Get Out” policy. Finally, in April 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia finally struck down the military’s discriminatory HIV policies in a landmark decision – ruling that there was no rational basis for the military’s ban and applying the equal protection clause to people living with HIV for the first time in history.