Nicole is a Co-founder of Cardinal Search Partners, LLC after being a Partner for several years at SJL Attorney Search, LLC (“SJL”). Nicole has been a prominent figure in the legal recruiting industry since 2009. Prior to joining SJL, Nicole worked at several elite global law firms – Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP – first as a practicing litigator, and then on the administrative side in professional development and legal personnel management.
Leveraging her experience in the New York legal industry, Nicole helps candidates across all different practice areas and levels find their optimal professional environment and helps clients find the best possible talent. A natural counselor and connector, Nicole acts as a co-partner in these relationships, investing 100% of herself in the process to ensure that candidates can achieve their professional goals in the most optimal and discreet way. Clients respect Nicole’s approach as she is thoughtful, strategic, and collaborative.
In 2022, Nicole was the featured guest speaker among an elite group of top AmLaw practice group heads as a leading expert in her industry. Nicole has likewise been featured in Business Insider as a legal recruiting leader and expert. Nicole speaks frequently on industry panels – at NYCRA, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, New York University School of Law, and Northwestern Law School as an expert on trends in the New York legal market.
Nicole graduated cum laude from Duke University with her B.A. in History. She earned her law degree from Fordham University where she was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal. In her free time, Nicole loves spending time with her family and friends in the Berkshires, listening to true crime podcasts, and debating with her family whether to get a French bulldog. Nicole loves Barry’s Bootcamp, but also loves finding reasons why she can’t go.