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Xavier University, B.S, B.A. Cum Laude

Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, J.D.

Nicole is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate & Business Practice, the Securities Regulation & Corporate Compliance Practice, and a member of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice. She has extensive experience providing advice and counsel to for-profit and not-for-profit clients on general tax and business matters. Nicole also assists her clients with trusts and estates related matters.

Immediately prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Nicole was Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation where she was responsible for all of the Foundation’s legal and financial operations. She handled legal compliance and management of grants and contracts; led governance and compliance efforts for the Foundation; managed the legal process for and construction of the complete interior of the new, historic Foundation headquarters; provided primary oversight and served as lead contact with investment management firms responsible for assets in excess of one billion dollars. Nicole also served as the Foundation’s Human Resources Director and its Information Technology Administrator.

Before joining the Foundation, Nicole was a Partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, where her practice was primarily devoted to serving not-for-profits and tax-exempt organizations.

As a Tax Consultant in the early stages of her career, Nicole handled several matters which involved corporate, trust and estates, partnership and employee benefits issues.


  • Recipient of the "40 Under 40 Award” presented by Business First of Buffalo (2011)
  • Listed, Woodward White list of Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed, Who’s Who in Law, published annually by the Business First of Buffalo


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  • New York State Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Corporate Counsel and Tax Sections, American Bar Association
  • Trusts & Estates Section, New York State Bar Association

Community & Pro Bono

  • Board Member of the Prentice Family Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo (2012-Present)
  • Bishop’s Council of the Laity Grants Committee Member and Chair of Recruitment Committee
  • Board of Directors of the Buffalo History Museum
  • Chairperson of 2016 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal and Vice-Chair of 2015 Annual Appeal
  • Board of Trustees, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (2010-2016)
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Chair of Planned Giving Committee, Member of Governance Committee