Nickie joins our office as an associate attorney after working with a premier boutique law firm in the Central Valley. She not only brings a superior academic record and outstanding legal credentials, but also a wealth of experience as a small business owner, agricultural broker, and mother.
Nickie earned her Juris Doctorate Degree, with Distinction, from San Joaquin College of Law, and was admitted to practice in 2016. While completing her law degree, Nickie was published in Volume 23 of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, and was a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, United States District Judge, Eastern District of California.
Nickie has over ten years’ experience in business, having owned a chain of internationally franchised quick-service restaurants in Visalia, Hanford and Fresno prior to attending law school.
Nickie grew up surrounded by agriculture, and studied agricultural economics at the University of California at Davis while working for many ag-related companies. Nickie and her husband, Mark, have lived in the Central Valley for over 20 years, both having moved to the area specifically to work as agricultural professionals. Mark and Nickie live in Visalia with their three children, and remain committed to the Central Valley, and to the agricultural industry.
John Loomis Legacy Award, San Joaquin College of Law, 2016
George A. Hopper Moot Court Competition, Best Brief Finalist, Best Oral Advocate Semi-Finalist, 2012
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Family Law, Real Property, Remedies, Legal Research and Writing, Real Property Admissions and Professional Associations:
Nickie is admitted to practice in California and the United States District Court, Eastern District of California. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the Tulare County Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the State Bar. While completing her law degree, Nickie served as the Student Liaison to the Federal Bar Association, San Joaquin Valley Chapter.
Nickie is a Charter Member of the Tulare Sunrise Rotary Club, having served as its Vocational Chairperson, later becoming a member of the Downtown Visalia Rotary Club. From 2012 through 2015, Nickie served as an Advisory Board Member to the non-profit Crime Victim’s Advocacy Center of Tulare County. Nickie has served in various other capacities including as Executive Board Member for the St. Paul’s School Parents Guild and Regional Board Member for the American Youth Soccer Organization.
Protecting National Security: How the United States Government Put Our Nation at Risk by Approving the Acquisition of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International, 23 San Joaquin Agric. L. Rev. 125 (2013-14).