Nicole is a Wyomingite who relocated to North Carolina in 2010 to pursue warmer weather and higher education. She joined GessnerLaw, PLLC in April 2021 and brought fancy coffee, strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and several years of labor and employment law experience with her.
Nicole transitioned from management-side labor and employment law representation to plaintiff-side representation in 2019. She takes pride in providing her clients quality representation in all areas of labor and employment law, including: navigating current workplace dilemmas; negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-competes; attending mediations and arbitrations; and pursuing legal claims in court. She has represented clients who have been subjected to workplace discrimination or retaliation because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, and disability as well as those who have been retaliated for whistleblowing, raising workplace safety concerns, or for taking a protected leave of absence. Nicole enjoys working with clients from all walks of life and economic backgrounds and understands that employees at every level—from hourly to executive—experience unlawful treatment at work.
Nicole practiced for four years with the Charlotte office of Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP, a premier management-side labor and employment law boutique firm based in Los Angeles, California. During her time there, Nicole represented clients nation-wide before the National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
She also provided daily advice to human resource departments regarding legal compliance—specifically, compliance with discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and traditional labor laws—and worked tirelessly to ensure employers lawfully managed their workforces. Nicole is also credentialed as having experience with family law litigation. Her exposure to both plaintiff and defense representation allows her to use a holistic approach to bridge the communication gap between businesses and individuals.
Nicole’s passion for labor and employment law dates back to her law school career where she was mentored and inspired by her labor and employment law and appellate advocacy professors. While in law school, she drank copious amounts of coffee, overindulged in everything bagels, completed the Employment Law Certificate program, participated as an executive member of the Moot Court Honor Boar, and acted as a senior articles’ editor of the Charlotte Law Review. Nicole also received an outstanding legal writing award from the National Order of Scribes and was a quarter-finalist at the Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.
Nicole was born and raised in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming where she weathered four obscenely long, cold, and windy winters to obtain her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her small town Rocky Mountain upbringing instilled in her the values of hard work, cooperation, and pride in her community which she has carried through to her volunteer work with Ascension Lutheran Church’s outreach program and as a volunteer and patron of many animal rescues. Nicole has called Charlotte home since 2011. She, her husband, and their three dogs enjoy camping, softball, and DIY projects (including a 21-month home renovation). They also have a reformed street cat who does not enjoy any activity other than lounging around. When Nicole is not partaking in her favorite past-time as an avid reader, you can find her section hiking the Appalachian Trail or moonlighting as a baker and party planner.