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Nicole J. Schladt


Nicole J. Schladt is an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Civil Rights and Impact Litigation practice group. In this role, Nicole tackles social injustices and advocates for employees, students, prisoners, and other marginalized individuals in complex class and collective action lawsuits. She assists clients with claims of discrimination, sex harassment, labor trafficking, denial of benefits, and other civil rights violations. Nicole also dedicates her time to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal field through her involvement in the firm’s DEI Committee, as well as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section.

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Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Nicole served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Susan M. Robiner in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. Nicole received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time in law school, Nicole co-founded Emory LGBTQ Legal Services (ELLS), an organization created to provide pro bono legal assistance to members of Atlanta’s queer community. Her work with ELLS led to her receiving the 2018 Marion Luther Brittain Award, Emory University’s highest student honor, as well as the 2018 National LGBT Bar Association Student Leadership Award.

Before law school, Nicole earned degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Kentucky.

Nicole’s pronouns are she/her/hers.

Admissions & Education

  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • J.D. Emory University School of Law, 2018, with honors
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge, 2015, with merit overall and distinction in the thesis
  • B.A. University of Kentucky, 2014, summa cum laude

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • “Protecting Transgender Minnesotans: Confidentiality in the Name Change Process,” Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN 2021
  • Moderator of Emory University’s 35th Annual Town Hall meeting with President Jimmy Carter in 2016

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Board of Directors, Conference Committee Co-Chair.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Member; New Lawyers Section; Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Woodruff Alumni Advisory Board Member, Chair of the Amplification Subcommittee
  • National LGBT Bar Association Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • 2018 National LGBT Bar Association Student Leadership Award
  • 2018 Marion Luther Brittain Award (Emory University’s highest student honor)