Nicole has twenty years legal experience first at a large private law firm and now in-house at an emerging company. She has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout her career, including listing in Best Lawyers in America from 2012-2019, Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona (Arizona Business Magazine, 2015–2018), Southwest Super Lawyers Top 25 Female Attorney (2015–2016), Phoenix Business Journal’s Most Admired Leaders (2014) and was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute in 2015.
After earning her JD from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2000, Nicole began her career as clerk to Vice Chief Justice Charles E. Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court. As Justice Jones’ clerk, Nicole analyzed Petitions for Review in civil and criminal cases, reviewed direct appeals of death penalty cases, and researched, drafted, and edited judicial opinions.
In 2001, Nicole joined Quarles & Brady LLP, first accepting a position as associate attorney and later as a firm Partner. In 2013, Nicole was promoted to Managing Partner of the Phoenix office of the Firm, taking on leadership and management responsibility for 100 lawyers and 75 support staff with an annual office budget of over $50 million. At the time she was the first woman to ever manage a national law firm in Phoenix.
Nicole is also highly invested in Phoenix, her local community, not only as the former First Lady of Phoenix but as a committed civic servant in her own right. She spearheaded a statewide anti-bullying and childhood well being initiative called Stop Bullying AZ (now the Dion Initiative), teachers professional responsibility courses at Arizona State University, and currently serves as the President of Charter 100 Arizona. She has served on many nonprofit boards receiving several awards for her community service activities.
Nicole joined Harvest in 2019 as Vice President and General Counsel. She oversees and manages all of the company’s legal matters and regulatory compliance. Her focus has been on developing best practices to facilitate regulatory compliance and drive national cannabis legal and policy initiatives.
She is the wife of Congressman Greg Stanton, mom to Trevor (13), Violet (10) and four fur babies. She is an avid women’s basketball fan and loves the Phoenix food scene.