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Nicole focuses on administrative practice before all state agencies and legislative and lobbying practice before the Virginia General Assembly, the Governor’s Office, and the Office of the Attorney General. She regularly partners with clients on drafting legislation, creating and implementing legislative strategies, testifying before legislative committees, lobbying legislators and other government officials, and developing creative solutions to help solve problems within state and local government. Nicole joined Reed Smith's Virginia Government Relations Team after several years working for the Virginia legislature. She enjoys helping clients have positive and productive interactions with state government.


  • Florida State University, J.D.
  • Florida State University, M.S., Applied Economics
  • Mary Baldwin College, B.A., cum laude

  • Virginia

  • The Virginia Bar Association
  • Junior League of Richmond
  • University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership – Political Leader’s Program (2014)
  • Mary Baldwin College Advisory Board of Visitors (2013-2017)
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners – 2019 Rate School


  • Recognized by the Virginia Access to Justice Commission for her pro bono contributions, 2020-2021
  • Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as Legal Elite for Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative Law, 2020-2023
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" list for Government Relations Practice, 2021-2024
  • Named among Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Influential Women of Law” for 2024
  • Named in Virginia Lawyers Weekly "Up & Coming Lawyers" for 2020
  • Received 2024 Pro Bono Service Honor Roll certificate, The Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2022-2023
  • Nominee for Professional Women in Advocacy's 2019 Excellence in Advocacy Award - Up and Coming Practitioner Category
  • Stephen A. Pendorf Introduction to Intellectual Property Book Award
  • Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award