Crystal Nix-Hines joined the firm in 2008 as Of Counsel and left the firm in 2014 after President Obama appointed her to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France. Ambassador Nix-Hines (Ret.) rejoined the firm in 2017 as a Partner in the Los Angeles Office, where she will help launch the firm’s newly formed Crisis Law & Strategy Practice Group. She has an accomplished record in the governmental, legal and media sectors, including a stint with U.S. Department of State; a job as both a lawyer and television script writer at Disney; and as a reporter for The New York Times.
As an ambassador to UNESCO, 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 – despite the U.S. being then $330 million in arrears. She also launched a series of innovative initiatives, including two global public-private partnerships – “TeachHer,” encouraging 21st century skill development to reduce the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design and Math (STEAM) careers, and “PeaceWorx” to prevent youth radicalization to violent extremism through education. Numerous UNESCO Ambassadors and officials have acclaimed the initiatives, noting that they have never seen a delegation achieve so much in such a short time.
During her legal career, she has worked as a senior litigator in numerous trial and appellate cases, including three successful cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ambassador Nix-Hines began her legal career as a law clerk to the late Judge William Norris of the Ninth Circuit and to former Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
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 advised the University on a range of governance issues, and served on its Executive and Nominating Committees, and chaired its Student Life Committee.