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St. Louis, MO


Areas of Practice

  • Asbestos
  • Products Liability
  • Talc
  • Toxic Tort


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1999
  • Saint Louis University, Honors Bachelor of Arts in Communication, cum laude, 1996


  • Illinois, 1999
  • Missouri, 2000

Practice Description

Ms. Nickelson focuses her practice on complex business litigation matters, including:

  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Asbestos Defense
  • Toxic Tort Defense

Ms. Nickelson represents clients in Missouri and Illinois in multi-million dollar litigation. She is a partner at HeplerBroom, leading the St. Louis branch of the firm’s toxic tort department.

Professional Association Involvement

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Women in the Law Committee Leadership (2014-present)
    • Women in the Law Public Service Subcommittee Chair (2015-present)
    • Women in the Law Seminar Steering Committee (2015-present)
    • Women in the Law Seminar Marketing Committee (2011-present)
    • Women in the Law Liaison to Asbestos Subcommittee (2015-present)
    • Women in the Law Liaison to Philanthropic Committee (2016-present)
    • Women in the Law Hostess for Women’s Breakfast at DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2013-present)
    • Asbestos Subcommittee Seminar Marketing Core Team – Panel Counsel Coordinator (2016-present)
    • Asbestos Subcommittee Seminar Marketing Committee (2016-present)
    • Philanthropic Committee Leadership (2016-present)
    • Philanthropic Committee/Public Service member of Silent Auction for NFJE Subcommittee (2015-present)
    • Philanthropic Committee Coordinator for DRI Lifetime Community Service Award (2016-present)
    • Member, DRI Law Practice Management, Products Liability, Trial Tactics, Women in the Law, Toxic Torts & Environmental Law (TTEL) Committees
    • DRI Women in the Law Public Service Subcommittee Vice-Chair (2014)
    • DRI Women in the Law Liaison to DRI Public Service Committee (2014-2015)
    • Chapter Editor for DRI Women in the Law e-book (2015)
    • Member, Coordinating Committee for DRI’s first Rainmaking Seminar (2011-2012)
    • Member, Marketing Committee for DRI’s Sharing Success Seminar (2011-2012)
    • Young Lawyers Committee Liaison Chair to DRI’s Law Practice Management Committee (2009-2010)
    • Young Lawyers Committee Liaison Vice-Chair to DRI’s Law Practice Management Committee (2009)
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
    • Attorney-coach, Missouri High School Mock Trial Program (2000-present)
      • Coach, Missouri State Champion and national qualifying team (2001, 2006, 2008, 2011)
      • Coach, National Runner-up team (2011)
      • Co-chair, Missouri High School Mock Trial Program (2012-present)
      • Instructor, St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) Mock Trial (2004-present)
    • Chair, Women in the Legal Profession – WILP section (2009-2010)
    • Member of Board of Governors 2009-2010)
    • Appointed to Election Committee (2009-present)
    • Appointed to Strategic Planning Committee (2009-2010)
    • Lunch with Leaders Coordinator for WILP’s New Admittee Reception (2007-present)
    • WILP’s Philanthropy Coordinator (2010-2012)
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers – MODL
    • DRI State Representative, Mid Region (2016-present)
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis – WLA

Legal Lectures

  • “Special Issues in Asbestos Settlements and Depositions,” HarrisMartin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference (September 23, 2016)
  • “Settling the Asbestos Claim,” National Business Institute seminar – Asbestos: Current Issues and Effective Litigation Tactics (March 18, 2016)
  • “Local Court Procedures in Asbestos Cases,” co-presenter with Judge Clarence Harrison (Madison County IL) and Judge Steven Ohmer (City of St. Louis MO), HarrisMartin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference (September 27, 2013)

Awards & Distinctions

  • John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Young Lawyers' Division (2008-2012)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, Rising Star (since 2011)
  • President's Award, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, for contributions to the bar as Co-chair of Missouri High School Mock Trial Committee (2014)
  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University Law for nationally recognized Trial Team (2008-2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors for SIDS Resources (Missouri non-profit organization committed to providing services for those suffering from a loss related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and educating care-givers to prevent it)
  • United Way
    • Women's Leadership Society
    • Young Leadership Society
  • Board of Election Commissioners, St. Louis County election official (2008-2010)