Nicole is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a B.A. in Political Science. While at Penn, Nicole was a four-year member of the Division I Women’s Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse teams.
Nicole then attended The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and earned her J.D. in 1996. While there, Nicole was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Computer & Information Law, published an article (Steve Jackson Games v. United States Secret Service: The Government’s Unauthorized Seizure of Private E-Mail Warrants More Than Fifth Circuit’s Slap on the Wrist, 14 J.Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. (Fall 1995)), and was a member of the Trial Team and the Moot Court Team.
During law school, Nicole interned for the City of Philadelphia in the Code Enforcement Division. She also interned for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, first drafting and filing appellate briefs and ultimately trying felony cases under attorney supervision pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711.
Following graduation, Nicole began her career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. While serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Nicole drafted and filed appellate briefs, argued before the Illinois Court of Appeals, tried Abuse and Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency matters, investigated felonies alongside Chicago Police Department detectives, preserved testimony for sexual assault and homicide cases before the Grand Jury, and successfully prosecuted numerous felony cases.
After returning home to Pennsylvania, Nicole was hired as an Assistant District Attorney with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. While serving as an Assistant District Attorney, Nicole successfully prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases.