Litigation and Appeals | Serving Irvine, CA
Irvine California Law Firm
Nicole is a solo practitioner who specializes in dependency law. Her practice is devoted to appellate work.
Nicole began doing dependency work for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office in 1997 as a law clerk, and this is where she developed a passion for dependency law. In 1999, after graduating from Whittier Law School, Nicole was hired as a deputy public defender in Orange County, where she went on to represent both juveniles and adults accused of crimes. In 2004, Nicole left the office in order to pursue a career in doing something she missed and felt most passionately about: parental rights.
After Nicole left the Public Defender’s office, she immediately became a panel attorney for both Appellate Defenders, Inc. (“ADI”) and California Appellate Project. In 2005, ADI awarded Nicole the Paul Bell Memorial Fellowship for her dedication to representing indigent individuals on appeal as well as her skills as an appellate advocate.
Nicole subsequently became a panel member of the First District Appellate Project and the Sixth District Appellate Project. She is currently a member of all four panels and handles appeals throughout most of California.
Since 2004, Nicole has filed hundreds of appeals, with 31 of her cases resulting in published opinions that either clarified the law, or considered novel issues of first impression.
In 2015 and 2016, Nicole taught Juvenile Dependency Appellate Practice and Procedure at Whittier Law School - a class she was asked to create for the law school
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"10 years ago, we were fighting the second round of a CPS battle that was about to destroy our family. Although we did not have any drug, alcohol, or mental health issues, CPS removed our children due to a dirty house case and deemed it to be “neglect” (a term that CPS uses that you could fly a Boeing 747 through). Despite the fact that we completed our services, CPS discriminated against my wife due to her disability and me due to being unemployed. They remained adamant about not wanting to return our children and were intent on terminating our parental rights. Literally in the 7th round of 10 that took place in court, our church was able to help us retain Nicole’s services. Because Nicole is an appellate attorney, County Counsel was taken aback by Nicole being involved and for the first time in this battle, we were able to land a blow just by merely retaining her services. Through Nicole, we truly realized that the facts were actually in our favor - so much so, that Nic referred us to a civil rights attorney who immediately took our case. Once the notice of a lawsuit was sent to CPS, a new social worker was assigned to our case. From that point, Nic worked diligently with the new case worker and within a month’s time, our children were returned to us. Nicole has an astute legal mind with over 20 years of experience and over 15 years handling only dependency cases. Much of that time has been spent as an appellate attorney combined with a passion and love that she has for her clients. Nic truly invests herself into every case she fights on behalf of her clients. It’s not enough for an attorney to have a knowledge of the law, but they also must have passion and the fortitude to keep fighting. Nicole Williams is the kind of attorney with experience, knowledge and character to get what needs to be done and to get justice for you!"
- Paul M.
"Nicole has been the best attorney that I have spoken to. She went out of her way to explain the law in regards to a very complicated legal issue that I am tied up in. She is skilled in the law. Words cannot describe the gratitude that I feel towards her. She has been a light in the dark time that I am in. Thank you Nicole for standing for justice!"