Nikole loves to win. Her competitive drive may be the reason she became a litigator, but she has built long-standing, trusting relationships with her clients because she is also reliable, detailoriented, and dedicated to keeping up with the ever-changing legal landscape of her niche practice area.

Over the span of her 15-year career, Nikole has represented insurers and employers in litigation involving employee benefit plans. She has extensive experience litigating claims that are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as well as in complex litigation involving myriad individual insurance policies and annuities subject to statelaw regulation.

The clients Nikole regularly serves are leaders in the industry of life, health, disability and other insurance products. She works closely with in-house legal teams and business clients to achieve success in litigation and mediation across the mid-Atlantic. Nikole is on a team of Womble Bond Dickinson lawyers that serves as regional counsel for several large insurance companies.

When she is not focusing on the ideal litigation strategy for each client’s case-specific needs, Nikole values participating in charitable endeavors with the Atlanta Bar Association and serving on the board of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers. Nikole also enjoys providing pro bono legal representation for families seeking assistance with adoptions by stepparents.

    Experience

    Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

    • Intervened on behalf of small business owner to secure emergency injunctive relief against bank/lender that seized tax-qualified retirement account containing employee contributions.
    • Defended real estate partnership against discrimination claims brought by disgruntled employee under Americans with Disabilities Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
    • Obtained summary judgment on key issue regarding burden of proof and burden shifting for carve-out conditions in limited benefit provisions common to group disability insurance policies issued to employers (upheld on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit).
    • Assisted entrepreneurs with negotiation of resigning team member’s severance package in a manner that achieved their dual goals of protecting future company profits and providing a key employee with fair compensation for contributions that would not generate profits until after the employment relationship ended. ·
    • Established insurer’s right to rescind key-man life insurance as a matter of law based on material misrepresentations in company president’s application for insurance.

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    Bar admissions

    2002, Georgia

    Admitted to practice before:

    • United States District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
    • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • Georgia Supreme Court

    Education

    • J.D., 2002, Georgia State University College of Law
      • Magna cum laude
      • Lead Articles Associate Editor, Georgia State University Law Review
      • Outer Barrister’s Guild Award
      • Board of Regents Study Abroad Scholar, International Commercial Arbitration
      • CALI Award for Health Law: Liability and Bioethics
    • B.A., 1997, Georgia State University