Nicolle R. Snyder Bagnell



  • Duke University School of Law, 2001, J.D., Named a Fellow of Environmental law for the Cummings Environmental Law Colloquium, 2000; Business & Executive Editor of the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum
  • Duke University, 2001, M.A., Environmental Science, Governing Board of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies
  • Harvard University, 1998, A.B., cum laude, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Henry Rosovsky Scholar; Received a Commendation from the Governor of Florida for her research on beach erosion; Thesis was titled "Setting the Standards for Beach Erosion Control: Is Any Solution Acceptable?"

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Nicolle is Vice Chair of the Energy & Natural Resources Group. She represents energy clients in various matters and focuses on litigation and regulatory issues regarding natural gas production from Shale formations in Appalachia. Nicolle represents natural gas companies in a variety of litigation including lease disputes, royalty class actions, condemnations, encroachments and contract issues, as well as counsels clients on permitting and permit disputes and performs due diligence and provides advice on Shale transactions. In addition, Nicolle counsels clients in a variety of environmental matters, such as due diligence for real estate transactions, representing clients on environmental claims in bankruptcy and advising clients on compliance with environmental regulations.

Employment History

  • 2001 - Reed Smith
    • Vice Chair, Energy & Natural Resources Group
  • 1998 - Harvard Center for International Affairs
    • Intern
  • 1997 - Environmental Testing Laboratory of the Harbor Branch of Oceanographic Institute (Ft. Pierce, Florida)
    • Intern

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by The Legal Intelligencer as a "2014 Lawyer on the Fast Track"
  • Selected by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a “2013 Fast Tracker,” which honors leaders from Pittsburgh's business and nonprofit community who are under 40
  • Included on Law360's 2010, 2011 and 2012 lists of energy attorneys under 40 to watch
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" (2005-2010 and 2013-2014)
  • Recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the "2011 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania"

Professional Affiliations

  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute – Oil and Gas Chair (2011)