Nicole N. King

Counsel
King Nicole

Nicole King is a litigator who champions and advises her clients in complex commercial litigation disputes, including product liability, contract and business torts, trade secrets, labor and employment, and insurance recovery litigation.

As a trial attorney, Nicole has a strong track record of success for her clients while prosecuting and defending against civil lawsuits in state and federal courts. Her victories include first-chairing a winning bench trial, in which she handled all aspects of the trial, including opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument. She has similarly obtained favorable client results as a member of many other trial teams, including a jury's return of a complete defense verdict. Nicole has also handled appellate matters before the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

In Nicole's practice, she takes a methodical approach to resolving each of her cases by anticipating client needs, weighing risks, and creating project management systems, processes, and structures for case teams where none previously existed. She brings a growth mindset to her work, vigorously fostering a high-performance team culture, inspiring colleagues to collaborate in more effective and efficient uses of their time. This results in increased productivity of superior work product and reduced costs for her clients.

Nicole is integrated in every stage of the litigation process: dispositive motion practice, discovery (including taking and defending expert and fact witness depositions), court appearances and oral argument, managing experts, mediation, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, trial preparation, and trial.

Nicole also serves on Venable's Los Angeles hiring committee, where she strives to ensure that the firm hires people from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives to better reflect the modern world.

Experience

Government Experience

  • Served in the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and drafted text for H.R. 6255, The Next Steps for Haiti Act of 2008; obtained co-sponsorship for its introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Conducted outreach to gain member co-sponsorship and placement on the floor calendar for a vote that resulted in the passage of a bill recognizing the significance of Caribbean American Heritage Month

Representative Matters

  • Representing a vaccine manufacturer in a nationwide mass tort multidistrict litigation (MDL) and statewide judicial council coordinated proceedings (JCCP) involving allegations that the vaccine did not prevent its intended virus, but rather, increased the likelihood of contracting the virus, if taken. Manages five bellwether cases and contributes to overall litigation strategy and case management
  • Representing a vaccine manufacturer in nationwide litigation involving allegations that the vaccine was defective in its manufacture and/or warnings. Performs the day-to-day handling of the case, contributes to overall litigation strategy and case management
  • Representing a pharmaceutical manufacturer of an osteoporosis medication in nationwide litigation involving allegations that the medication causes osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical femur fractures. Performs the day-to-day handling of the case, contributes to overall litigation strategy and case management
  • Representing a residential remodeling company in affirmative trade secret litigation, prosecuting federal and state statute claims for misappropriation of trade secrets
  • First-chaired a wining bench trial in a divorce action for a pro bono client who had endured physical, sexual, and emotional abuse during the marriage and had been unauthorized to work in the United States. After a two-day trial, the judge ruled in the client's favor completely, issuing a judgment of dissolution of marriage, a finding of the client's claimed date of separation, and an award for spousal support
  • Served on a trial team for a nine-week jury trial, where the plaintiff sought $25 million plus punitive damages against a CEO individually for alleged breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. After deliberating for four days, the jury returned a complete defense verdict
  • Litigated and negotiated a favorable settlement in a product liability action after drafting a demurrer to all claims against the client, reducing the plaintiff's initial settlement demand by 95 percent
  • Litigated and obtained a dismissal with prejudice in a wrongful death action involving claims for negligence and negligent supervision
  • Litigated and obtained a dismissal order in favor of affiliate networks and affiliates/publishers in action brought under state email spam statutes, including California Business and Professions Code § 17529.5
  • Represented a not-for-profit professional organization against breach of contract claims and in pursuit of counterclaims asserting theft and misappropriation of trade secrets. Led expert development team (including managing, prepping, and deposing trade secrets; project management industry; damages; and virtual reality software expert witnesses) and contributed to overall litigation strategy and case management
  • Represented a professional medical society in an insurance coverage dispute over breach of contract and fraud claims, securing coverage for attorneys' fees and settlement with the plaintiff in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars
  • Represented a co-trustee in an insurance coverage dispute in a trust and estate dispute, securing coverage for attorneys' fees and costs and settlement with the plaintiff in excess of millions of dollars
  • Represented a design and manufacturing company in an insurance coverage dispute over breach of contract and business tort claims, securing coverage for attorneys' fees and settlement with the plaintiff in excess of tens of thousands of dollars

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of Southern California, Gould School of Law 2012
    • Hale Moot Court Honors Program, Fox Rothschild LLP Written Advocacy Award for Best Brief/Respondent—First Amendment, 2010 – 2011
    • USC Law Scholarship
    • The Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island Scholarship
    • Public interest fellow, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
  • B.A. Political Science cum laude The George Washington University 2007
    • Dean's List (eight semesters)
    • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
    • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
    • Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-Chair, WILEF Southern California Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Hiring Committee for Venable's Los Angeles office

Recognition
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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021 – 2022