Nicole Crites attended the University of Florida for both her undergraduate coursework and law school. (Go Gators!) While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Nicole volunteered her time helping children and families involved in Dependency proceedings by working as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Florida. It was through this volunteer work that Nicole discovered her passion for advocating for families, especially children. Nicole learned the ins-and-outs of court before even stepping foot in a law school classroom. She credits these experiences with helping her confidence as an attorney and an advocate grow to what it is today.
Nicole brought the practical knowledge she gained while volunteering to law school. Nicole’s academic achievements were honored by being named for the Dean’s List. While in law school, Nicole put her legal research abilities to use in her work with Professor D. Wright by researching donative trends of blended families and quantifying the data in an effort to encourage a change in intestacy laws to account for the concept of an equitable adoption.
While in her final year of law school, Nicole was also selected to participate as a Certified Legal Intern in the school’s prosecution clinic. She worked in the domestic violence unit. She learned that she has the temperament needed to tackle sensitive issues, but also understands the importance of civil representation for victims and their children.
Since graduation, Nicole has worked to tirelessly advocate for clients in two states. She knows every situation is different and looks not to point fingers, but to bring a resolution to clients’ legal matters. Understanding that some choose to use the law to harass and berate their former spouses, Nicole finds wisdom in Shakespeare’s words, and aspires to be as wise.“We must not make a scarecrow of the law, setting it up to fear the birds of prey, and let it keep one shape till custom make it their perch and not their terror.”Angelo in Measure for Measure (2.1.1-4)
She is currently an active member of the Florida and Georgia Bars.