I decided at a very young age (around 8 to be exact) that I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. It all started in an elementary school mock trial project. The case was Turner v. Butterfield. Together with my classmates, I “represented” Ms. Turner in a civil lawsuit against Butterfield Milk. When Ms. Turner found a mouse in her milk carton, it was up to the “attorneys” to prove their case as to whether the mouse snuck in at the factory or in Ms. Turner’s home. My classmates and I prepared and presented our case to the jury of teachers and administrators. While I may not remember the outcome, I could never forget the experience. I was hooked and decided from that moment on, I would be a lawyer.
After choosing my general career path, ever the planner, I decided that I would specifically be a divorce lawyer. While 8 may seem like a young age to most, it made sense for me. My parents divorced when I was 2. My stepfather came into my life when I was 8 and my “half-brother,” who is really my brother and best friend, when I was 12. Together with my mom, the four of us make up the perfect modern family. However, growing up it seemed as though very few of my friends’ parents were divorced. In elementary school, I participated in Banana Splits, a lunchtime group for children of divorced parents. It was there that I was able to bond with similarly situated peers. It was also there that I realized that I could relate to and help other students who may have been struggling. These experiences continue to give me a unique perspective and the required empathy to advise and represent clients, not just on a legal level, but also on a personal level.
Knowing that I would one day be a divorce lawyer, I made decisions that would assist me in achieving my goals. I elected to be a Psychology major at Hofstra University, where my final project focused on Social Psychology. I was Vice President of Operations and eventually President of my sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. While balancing my education and social life, I had two part-time jobs: one at the mall and one with a divorce attorney. The latter position solidified my aspirations. It was at that position where I was first exposed to divorcing clients and the legal process involved.
In law school, I excelled in my Family Law Practice courses. During my summers off, I returned to Long Island to intern at boutique family law firms. One summer, I clerked at the Nassau County Family Court, where I assisted a Judicial Referee in researching and drafting an opinion pertaining to a child relocation matter.
I attend to all of my clients and cases with understanding and empathy. While each and every case has a different set of facts, there is one common theme: these are real people, with very sensitive issues, all of which deserve my time and prompt attention.
While it is always my goal to settle matters, I understand that it is not always possible to do so. Given my experience in both the Courtroom and the conference room, I approach clients with a realistic view of potential outcomes. I guide clients through their decision-making process, always keeping their best interest in mind.
Since joining Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie, LLC, I have taken advantage of the different perspectives and opinions within the office and have embraced the team approach to a matter. Here, we work together to assist our clients in navigating through what can be a difficult and confusing process. All of our attorneys are focused on truly helping our clients and their families and achieving closure for them. No matter what route a case takes, our attorneys will be there for you every step of the way.
Nicole, The Professional
Since 2014, I have practiced Family Law exclusively, including divorce, alimony, child support and custody, the division of assets, cohabitation, prenuptial, and postnuptial agreements, and post-judgment enforcement and modification actions.
I am a Connecticut Super Lawyers ® Rising Star in Family Law for 2020. Each year, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars List. Super Lawyers Selection Process.
I earned my law degree, cum laude, from Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. I was a member of the Pace Law Review, where I served as an Articles Editor. My comment on the First Amendment as it pertains to the protection of children was published in the Pace Law Review in 2013. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hofstra University.
I am admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York. I am a member of the Fairfield Country and Connecticut Bar Associations. I currently serve as a Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association.
I am a native of Long Island, New York. I now reside in Stamford, Connecticut with my cats, Oliver and Luna. I am a three-time Chicago Marathoner and am now an avid Peloton user. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and watching college football (go Buckeyes!).
Distinctions, Honors, and Awards
- Connecticut Rising Stars ® as listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers ®, 2020
Publications and Presentations
- Comment, Protecting Children? The Evolution of the First Amendment: A Historical Timeline of Children and Their Access to Pornography and Violence, 33 Pace L. Rev. 462 (2013)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2014 – Present
- Family Law Section, Member, 2014 – Present
- Young Lawyers Section, Member, 2014 – Present
- Fairfield County Bar Association, 2014 – Present
- Co-Chair, Young Lawyer Committee, 2020
- Family Law Section, Member, 2014 – Present
Past Employment Positions
- Law Offices of Gary I. Cohen, P.C. – 2015 – 2018
- Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC – 2014 – 2015
- Connecticut, 2014
- New York, 2014
- Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, White Plains, New York
- J.D. (Cum Laude) – 2013
- Honors: Dean’s List, University Merit Scholarship
- Articles Editor, Pace Law Review
- Study Abroad: Pace Law London Program at University College of London
- Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
- B.A. in Psychology – 2009
- Honors: Dean’s List, Presidential Scholarship
- Study Abroad: Hofstra University in Athens, Greece
- The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk – 2015 – 2018
- Board Secretary – 2016 – 2018