Nicole Simmons is an experienced litigator specializing in labor and employment, real estate, and gaming issues affecting tribes, tribal members, and non-Indian business clients alike. Her experience includes:
- Representation of one of the nation's largest tribally designated housing entities in labor and employment related matters, including conducting internal employment investigations, drafting employment policies and contracts, internal employment training, and litigating matters before tribal administrative agencies and courts.
- Advising numerous tribal governments, Boards of Commissioners, authorities, and business committees to resolve employment matters.
- Representation of employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries in employment matters, including one of the largest hospitals in the state of Arizona.
- Representation of business clients in general commercial litigation and contracts disputes.
- Representation of clients in regards to federal and state gaming law, with an emphasis on Indian gaming and Arizona and National Indian Gaming Commission issues.
Nicole’s litigation experience extends to jurisdictions across the country in state and federal courts, including appellate courts, as well as state and federal agencies.
Education and Honors
- Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D., 2011)
- Arizona State University (B.S., 2002)
- Swinomish Tribe
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2017
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2012
- Arizona State Courts, 2011
Professional and Civic Activities
- Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court
- AWLA Member and current Judicial Appointments Committee Vice-Chair and
former Committee Chair
- Professional Anti-harassment and Ethics Trainer within Indian Country
(2019 - Present)
- Ladder Down Leadership Institute - 2016 Graduate