About Nicki Nelson

Nicki NelsonProfessional Experience

Law Office of Lucille Des Jardins
Santa Cruz, California, 2019 – present
Areas of practice: estate planning, wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney and advance directives, elder law, conservatorships and guardianships, trust administration and probate.

Employment Law Attorney at Paul, Hastings LLP
Los Angeles and San Francisco Office, 1989 – 1999
Responsible for all stages of litigation, from case management, client communications, preparing motions, appellate briefs, to depositions. Counseled employers on various employment laws and policies. Drafted employment manuals, policies, employment contracts, settlement and severance agreements. Represented large employers such as Disney, Keebler and Bank of America, as well as smaller employers.
Professional Non-Legal Experience

Monarch Media – Project Manager and Design Team Lead 2009 – 2019
Scott Design – Project Manager 2004 – 2008

Volunteer Experience

Senior Citizens Legal Services – Volunteer Attorney 2019, Board Member 2020
Mayview Community Health Care Center, Palo Alto, Board Member 1997 – 2002
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles 1992 – 1994

Personal Interests

Nicki Nelson has two children, currently attending college. Nicki enjoys hiking, camping, and encaustic wax painting.


JD, University of Texas School of Law, 1989, with honors
BA, History, University of Texas, 1985, magna cum laude