Nicole is an experienced litigation attorney. She comes to Castañeda Lawyers, P.C., after 10 years with K&L Gates and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

At Sheppard Mullin, her practice included litigation in state and federal courts on issues related to labor and employment, misappropriation of trade secrets, California’s Unfair Business Practices Act and trademark litigation.

Nicole started her legal career at K&L Gates as an employment and general business litigator. She represented clients, including MTV and Nike, in their defense against employment-related claims and lawsuits. She was also very active with Public Counsel and enjoyed assisting families (pro bono) in the adoption of children who need loving homes.

Nicole graduated from UCLA in 1999 with a BA in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting and is an avid supporter of the Bruin’s football and basketball teams. She graduated from UC Hastings School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the California State Bar and UCLA Alumni Association.