Nicole Bockelman's legal career began over ten years ago when she served as the Spanish intake coordinator at Indiana Legal Services. While there, Nicole saw the need for improvement in legal services available to Spanish speaking people. During her undergraduate studies, Nicole lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and volunteered with the Madres de Plaza de Mayo. Nicole graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Political Science and Spanish as a member of the Academic Honors Society.
In 2003, Nicole moved to Madrid, Spain to work as an English teacher. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2007 after serving as the President of the International Law Society. While in law school, Nicole received the Pro Bono Contribution award as well as the Academic Achievement award.
Nicole was hired as a Deputy District Attorney with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office in 2007. While serving as a Deputy District Attorney, She supervised the Domestic Violence prosecution unit and completed over twenty trials. Nicole also provided an instructional seminar to police officers regarding legal issues surrounding protective orders. She also served as a Domestic Violence Response Team board member, and was awarded the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council recognition award in 2010.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Nicole worked as a hostess, waitress, barista, sandwich maker, sales clerk and jewelry shop assistant. Since her arrival to Portland in late 2011, Nicole has volunteered with the Washington County Family Law program in Hillsboro and the Northwestern Worker’s Justice Project in Portland.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys snowboarding, running, hiking, cycling and paddling with her husband, local attorney Jeremiah Ross.
Nicole is delighted to have the opportunity to assist Spanish speaking people in their workers’ compensation needs with Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton. She is admitted to the Oregon and California State Bars.