After participating in the summer associate program, Nickie joined the firm in 2009 as an associate. She primarily focuses her practice on business and corporate law, and assists her business clients at any stage in their development. At the initial phase, she helps clients form new entities or buy into existing companies. Once businesses are up and running, she assists in negotiating and drafting new contracts, resolving disputes under existing agreements and making wise decisions regarding complex tax and employee benefit issues. Later in the life cycle, she facilitates transitions of family-held businesses, sale or merger of entities and dissolution of companies. Nickie provides these services to clients in a variety of industries, working with small start-ups to established institutions and with nonprofit organizations to lucrative companies. Nickie works with local, regional, national and international clients.

Nickie has a unique, personal approach to practicing law. Her personal maxim is as follows: “There are only three things a person can control in her life: her attitude, her effort and her choices.” Nickie’s service to her clients showcases these concepts:

  • Attitude: Nickie has a contagious positive attitude grounded in reality, approaching every project with enthusiasm. She builds a rapport with clients, advisors and adversaries, which leads to collaborative and cooperative relationships. Clients feel comfortable approaching her for guidance, knowing she genuinely cares about their success. In addition, Nickie’s attitude and belief that work can be fun enable her to handle the pressure of stressful situations with ease.
  • Effort: Nickie is driven by a constant need for achievement and challenge, which pushes her to work hard, be productive and create exceptional work. She is self-motivated and strives to accomplish tangible objectives each day, advancing projects in a timely manner and showing measurable progress. She enjoys the challenge of being busy, without burning out. This drive prompts Nickie to keep acquiring new knowledge and enhancing her current skills.
  • Choices: Nickie is a strategic-thinker – considering alternative scenarios, evaluating potential problems, assessing long-term implications and selecting the most advantageous course of action. By objectively appraising all outcomes in advance, Nickie not only predicts obstacles, but also devises ways to overcome or avoid them. She helps clients stay true to their vision and goals, while ensuring projects progress efficiently. It further allows her to tailor her communications and work product in light of the audience and issues at hand.

Honors & Awards

  • Received 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Tax Law
  • Selected to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars (Mergers & Acquisition), 2013 – 2020
  • Selected to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars (Business/Corporate, Tax, Nonprofit Organizations), 2013 – 2018

Law School

  • Guy Cleveland Chambers Gold Medallion for Highest Grade Point Average in the Class of 2009
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence
  • First Place & Best Brief–Allen Moot Court Competition
  • First Place–Grether Moot Court Competition
  • First Place–ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition for paper “Public Access to Government Funded Research: Alternative Approaches and Copyright Concerns”
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in 12 Law School Classes


  • Chancellor’s Scholar for 4.0 Grade Point Average in the Class of 2006
  • Top 3 Finalist for Outstanding Student Leader of UNL
  • President of 2006 Outstanding CBA Student Organization
  • Finalist for 2006 Outstanding CBA Student Leader
  • Selected for Various Academic Honorary Societies, Honors Convocations, & Deans’ Lists

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • Leadership Omaha, Class 39 Member
  • Fontenelle Forest, Board Member
  • Omaha Women’s Fund CIRCLES, Member
  • UNL College of Business Administration, International Business Advisory Board Member
  • Nebraska DECA, Business Partnership Network, Member & Volunteer
  • UNL College of Business Administration, Dean’s Young Alumni Advisory Board, Former Chairperson & Member
  • Omaha Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Former Chairperson, Treasurer, Education Committee Chair, and Founding Member
  • Various Local Charity Events, Volunteer
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association

Law School

  • Nebraska Law Review, Executive Editor
  • UNL National Moot Court Team, Member
  • Delta Theta Phi Professional Law Fraternity, Vice Dean
  • UNL College of Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Coordinator
  • Student Bar Association, Member


  • Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Club, President
  • CBA Student Advisory Board, Vice President
  • CBA Student Ambassador, Member
  • CBA Academic Planning Committee, Elected Student Representative
  • Chi Omega Sorority, Career and Personal Development Chair
  • Numerous Academic Honor Societies, Member



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  • Nebraska


LAW SCHOOL: University of Nebraska – Lincoln, J.D., highest distinction, 2009

COLLEGE: University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Master of Professional Accountancy, highest distinction, 2009

University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accountancy Major; Economics and Communications Minors), highest distinction, 2006