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Nina Ren


Washington, DC

Nina Ren helps employees with a variety of complex employment issues including security clearance applications and appeals, discrimination and retaliation, and whistleblower cases. In addition to representing clients in court, she advocates before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). She is Co-Chair of KCNF’s Security Clearance Law Practice, representing federal employees and contractors whose clearances have been threatened or suspended, or whose suitability for federal employment has been challenged. She has represented clients before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) and at various intelligence agencies.


Before joining KCNF, Nina was an Associate at Gebhardt & Associates, where she worked on employment discrimination cases for federal and private sector employees. She focused on race, national origin, sex, disability, and age discrimination claims. Previously, Nina was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in Bethesda, Maryland. She published articles in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism and in the Journal of Immunology.


Nina attended Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, where she developed a keen interest in public interest and civil rights law. She worked as a student attorney in the Black Lung Clinic in her third year, where she argued a case to an Administrative Law Judge to obtain federal benefits for a retired coal miner who had developed coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (“black lung disease”) from his work in West Virginia’s coal mines. She was a board member of the W&L Women Law Students Organization and the W&L Public Interest Law Students Association.


Nina graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, cum laude, in three years, double majoring in History and Philosophy. She took a gap year to complete her work at NIH and to work abroad in Chongqing, China. She received her law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.


Nina speaks fluent Mandarin.

Published Works


  • Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism and in the Journal of Immunology

Professional Associations and Memberships


  • The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee
  • Security Clearance Lawyers Association
  • The Washington Metropolitan Employment Lawyers Association
  • The American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Committee

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