“I pride myself in getting to know my clients and their businesses at a granular level, which enables me to help them find practical and legally compliant means to reach business objectives – both in litigation and in providing client advice.”
Nicole Adler litigates for clients coast to coast in federal and state courts in disputes arising under Title VII, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and state law wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation litigation. Whether advising in a single-plaintiff discrimination case or defending in a large collective action centering on overtime disputes, Nicole excels at getting out in front of matters from their inception. This allows her to win most of her cases in the discovery and dispositive motion phase. It also enables her to provide her clients with an early, candid assessment of the merits of a dispute and business practical solutions when desired.
In addition to litigating, Nicole provides daily advice to clients on a wide range of personnel issues, such as terminations, discipline, and worker leave. She also helps clients craft and implement best-practice policies and procedures to mitigate risk. To that end, Nicole has extensive experience in drafting, implementing, and enforcing employment arbitration agreements. She has assisted numerous Fortune 500 companies roll out nation-wide arbitration plans and taken lead in enforcing those agreements in state and federal courts across the country.
Her cordial, likable personality and approach not only put clients, witnesses, and juries at ease, they work to her advantage tactically. With a knack for uncovering salient information, Nicole guides clients in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), and state agency complaints and investigations. In addition, she advises on employee handbooks and policies, severance agreements, and other employee contracts. Recently, Nicole has helped clients navigate challenges arising from Covid-related furloughs and work force reductions, along with the subsequent labor shortages.
Prior to practicing law, Nicole worked as a television reporter and news anchor for an NBC affiliate in Monroe, Louisiana. She draws on this journalism background in conducting investigations, asking relevant and challenging questions of witnesses, writing persuasive briefs, and crafting compelling case storylines in litigation. Nicole also applies her stellar communication skills when speaking on workplace issues at conferences, seminars, and other events.