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Nicole is a partner in Reed Smith's Energy & Natural Resources Group where she represents energy industry clients in a broad range of complex business litigation matters as well as disputes arising from exploration and production in U.S. shale plays. Nicole’s experience includes representing clients in warranty and contract claims; drilling and well failure disputes; pipeline and other midstream incidents; lease and royalty disputes; and real estate, construction, property damage, trade secret, and nuisance claims. In addition to her energy litigation practice, Nicole has significant experience in general commercial disputes and mass tort litigation, representing clients in the construction, life sciences, services, transportation, and manufacturing industries. Nicole further assists clients with OSHA and other governmental investigations related to excess exposure and contaminant levels, personal injuries, and fatalities on well and job sites.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, 2011, J.D., Senior Development Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
  • Washington University, 2006, B.A., magna cum laude

  • Texas

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas

  • Institute for Energy Law’s Leadership Class, Member (2020-2021)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Past Director
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • The Institute for Energy Law
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Association of Women Attorneys


  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Energy & Natural Resources, 2017-2021
  • Recognized as lawyer On the Rise by Texas Lawyer as part of the 2022 Texas Legal Awards
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award, 2018
  • Anti-Defamation League’s Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, 2017
  • Texas Executive Women Rising Star Award, 2016
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit, 2015
  • Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2012

Civic Involvement

  • Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Woman of the Year Candidate 2018)
  • Teach for America