Nicole is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Winston & Strawn LLP who concentrates her practice in complex commercial, intellectual property and class action litigation. Nicole has experience with consumer class actions, false advertising, unfair competition, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, securities fraud, financial services, False Claims Act and a broad array of other complex commercial claims, including business torts and contract disputes. Nicole is also passionate about animal protection and devotes a significant amount of pro bono time to animal law issues in an effort to improve the treatment, protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Nicole currently serves as Chair of ALDF-LA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s regional network of attorneys who work to advance ALDF’s mission in the Los Angeles area. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee. Nicole's recent article titled “‘Ag Gag’ Laws: Will Courts Decide Criminalizing Undercover Investigations at Factory Farms is Unconstitutional?” was published on the front page of the Summer 2014 ABA Animal Law Committee newsletter.
Nicole’s other pro bono matters include representation of an animal rescue organization in a trademark dispute, a class action of people with disabilities unable to access court facilities and programs, an immigrant seeking political asylum, and a prisoner in a habeas matter.
Before becoming an attorney, Nicole had a successful career as an organizational psychologist specializing in market research, brand strategy and strategic planning. She ran her own consulting business while attending Loyola Law School’s evening program where she graduated 1st in her class. Nicole has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Davis, an M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Loyola Law School.