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Nikole Hecklinger


Nikole is a highly experienced, skilled, and passionate trial attorney who has been practicing law for over 26 years. Nikole has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1995. Prior to entering private practice, Nikole worked at the King County Department of Public Defense. She has a diverse legal background that includes felony criminal defense, misdemeanors, dependencies, juvenile, civil commitment, and immigration.

Nikole is a member of the Family Law Section for both the Washington State Bar Association and the King County Bar Association. Nikole graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1995 and from the University of Washington in 1991. During law school, Nikole focused on family law as a faculty research assistant regarding LGBTQ parental rights and civil rights actions. Nikole is an active member of the Seattle-King County NAACP and also volunteers with AFS Intercultural Programs and other community programs.

Why Choose US?

  • Personalized attention to your unique case

    We are responsive and supportive and we engage our clients in strategy development and decision making, giving you an overview of the law and explaining how the legal factors apply to your unique circumstances.

    We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and our proactive approach. We review all of the evidence with you and give direct advice about what will best position you to succeed in meeting your legal goals. We are very strategic and we know how to rapidly craft thoughtful strategy in an emergent situation.

  • Highly recommended by peers & clients

    It is rare to find a team that is exceptionally skilled in settlement negotiations and simultaneously armed with the experience and skill to step into court on a moment’s notice. We are both counselors at law and advocates. We know it is best for clients to craft their own settlement that fits their family’s unique needs. We also start clients away from wasting time and money on fruitless negotiations when litigation is warranted.

    Our clients benefit from our reputation in the legal community. We are knowledgeable and detail-oriented in front of judges and commissioners. Opposing counsel know us and they know that we are prepared to go to court if negotiations fall through.

  • Compassionate counsel and aggressive advocacy

    We understand that Family law touches on every aspect of our clients’ lives. We know that we are advocating for an outcome that will significantly impact your day to life for years to come. We know that your future ties back to our future success because happy clients are the foundation of a thriving legal practice.

  • Proven, trial-tested experience

    We have a team of experienced attorneys with diverse backgrounds who bring great depth and strategy to our case plans. We use a team approach to ensure that each client is fully supported and we have the capacity to specifically match each client with the very best lead attorney for their unique circumstances.

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