Nicole concentrates on representing privately owned entities and not-for-profit organizations across a broad range of industries and activities. She counsels these clients at all stages of their development and in all aspects of their operations.

Her clients run the gamut from small, start-up organizations to multi-national enterprises.  Nicole serves as outside general counsel to many of them, providing legal advice to their management teams.  She also oversees legal work for her clients by using a multi-disciplinary team approach to coordinate legal services from the firm’s many specialty practice areas. Whether Nicole is personally working with a client or has handpicked a representative from the firm, her goal is the same: achieve professional excellence on a cost-effective basis.

  • Experience

    Nicole’s extensive experience as corporate counsel includes the following:

    • Advising members of senior management and boards of directors on corporate governance, operational policies and procedures, risk management, internal investigations and regulatory compliance.
    • Negotiating and documenting complex domestic and international transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other contractual arrangements.
    • Advising clients on the state and federal tax implications of their operations and representing them in contested tax matters.
    • Working with members of Schiff Hardin’s Private Clients Trusts and Estates Group to advise owners of multi-generational family businesses on complicated matters relating to the tax-efficient transition of ownership and control.
    • Working with members of Schiff Hardin’s Employee Benefits Group to develop, design and implement qualified and non-qualified executive compensation and benefit plans.
    • Working with members of Schiff Hardin’s Environmental Group to develop, design and implement product sales and facility compliance programs.
    • Counseling clients on litigation avoidance and in conjunction with Schiff Hardin’s litigators, participating in all forms of dispute resolution.
  • Credentials


    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1975, cum laude
    • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, B.S., 1972
      Kappa Tau Alpha - National Journalism Honor Society

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. Tax Court

      Professional Memberships

      • American Bar Association
    • Insights

      Other Publications

      Nicole has co-authored publications and made presentations on the sale, merger and acquisition of closely held businesses, corporate and tax compliance matters, managed care contracts, partnership matters and succession planning for professional practices.

      Speeches & Presentations

      Nicole has lectured widely on topics of interest to both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. She has made presentations on nonprofit corporate governance and compliance, planned giving and legal issues in adolescent health care.