Nicole is a native of Brazil and was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She obtained her B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2010 with a minor in Spanish Language. She speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.
After several years of government service and private practice, Nicole brings her experience and passion for helping others to the Morgan & Morgan team. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law in 2014, she began her legal career as an assistant public defender in Miami-Dade County where she handled hundreds of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious punishable-by-life felonies. Her zealous advocacy resulted in beneficial results for her clients, up to and including acquittals through trial.
In her years of private practice, Nicole handled civil matters such as family law disputes and Plaintiff's homeowner's insurance litigation, as well as continuing her criminal defense work. This was alongside a robust volunteer career monitoring and responding to local and statewide government intrusion on civil liberties through direct action, educational programs, and local outreach. She has also served as a CJE and CLE instructor on issues relating to collateral consequences of criminal convictions in the State of Florida.
Nicole's career-long guiding mantra is from the great Judge Learned Hand: "It is the daily; it is the small; it is the cumulative injuries of little people that we are here to protect....If we are able to keep our democracy, there must be once commandment: thou shalt not ration justice."
- University of Central Florida, 2010
- Florida International University College of Law, 2014
- Florida Bar (active, 2014)
- US District Court, Southern District of FL (active, 2018)
- US District Court, Middle District of FL (active, 2022)