Ms. Nichols is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in HR/employment law. She provides effective legal representation and advice to employers and employees. Her advice is measured, concise and tailored based upon the needs of the client. A subject matter expert, aware of trends in business and law, her solutions are innovative but always practical.
Born in the US and raised in Australia, Sarah Nichols, founder of Nichols Law, grew up loving time on the beach and in the outback. She has been a business owner and a partner in an American Lawyer 100 law firm with offices across the globe.
Sarah partners with in-house counsel, HR, and operations executives to provide advice and counsel on compliance, risk and crisis management, investigations, employment contracts, HR policies and litigation. In over 20 years, Sarah has guided hundreds of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies as they defend individual and class action claims.
Sarah represents individuals in relation to their discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. She assists employees negotiating their exits from their employers. She is a tough and conscientious advocate for her clients and believes having experience on both sides makes her a better attorney.
Sarah is a skilled public speaker, author, coach, and HR expert. She has taught at both Berkeley and Hastings Law Schools and is a member of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law. Sarah is a frequent speaker for associations as well as private employers and provides compliance and liability prevention training for managers. Sarah founded the Foreign Lawyer Legion to provide a networking organization for experienced foreign lawyers working in the U.S. She is passionate about different cultures in the workplace, closing the pay gap and involved in the community through her work with Youth Speaks – an educational non-profit empowering youth through spoken word. A percentage of the firm’s profits is donated to Equal Rights Advocates every year as she believes the work that organization does is essential to closing the wage gap.