Nicole "Nikki" Fried, Esq.

Lighting the Torch that will Change the Future!

 

Nicole “Nikki” Fried works closely with Florida lawmakers and regulators throughout the country directly advocating various legislative and regulatory initiatives identified by clients.

During the 2016 Legislative Session, Ms. Fried played an integral role in the passage of HB 307, relating to the usage of medical marijuana for those who are terminally ill.  Ms. Fried has become one of most visible faces and key lobbyist in Florida’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry. Ms. Fried is the lead lobbyist for one of Florida's licensed medical marijuana dispensing organizations and heads up their local and state government relations.

* A Certified Woman Owned Florida Business Enterprise

 

 

CONTACT INFO

Email - nikki@ignitingflorida.com

Number - (954) 734 - 3799

Getting Results

Extensive, unique experience will be "brought to your table" as a result of years of private and public law practice. This unique experience provides the firm additional knowledge and understanding of the legal impact of laws and the complex legal process to be negotiated. 

Long standing professional relationships with key Florida legislators across the state of Florida, as a result of legislative, legal and leadership activities, professional and business organizational involvement having been generated from a college career entailing leadership positions and responsibilities. The firm also has developed vital relationships with duly elected governmental officials, on both sides of the isles and both chambers. 

Primary client service area of the firm is South Florida. The firm's primary office is located in South Florida to better serve the needs of its clients. But client meetings are available throughout the State of Florida and the capital, Tallahassee.

 

About Nikki:

A graduate of University of Florida Levin College of Law, she earned her Master of Arts in Political Campaigning and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida. The former University of Florida Student Body President, Ms. Fried is also a member of University's Hall of Fame and prestigious Blue Key Society. She also served the University on its Board of Trustees and currently serves on the University’s Governmental Relations Advisory Committee.

In 2013, she was appointed to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers' Division Board of Governors and re-appointed for the next four years. She also serves as Chair of that Board's Legislative Affairs Committee, a position to which she was also re-appointed for the 2015-2016 term. in 20106, Ms. Fried helped form a Florida Bar standing committee for lawyer-lobbyists which she currently serves as its vice-chair. She formerly served four years on the The Florida Bar's Student Education and Admissions Committee.

In 2014, Ms. Fried received an award from The Florida Bar's Legal Needs of Children Committee for her leadership of the Florida's Children First lobbying team, for which she accomplished the passage of HB 561 that provided $4.5 million in appropriations to ensure Florida's disabled dependent children have access to lawyers. Subsequently, Ms. Fried was appointed to The Florida Bar's Standing Committee on the Legal Needs of Children for a term beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2018.

In 2014, Ms. Fried was also elected to the Board of Directors of Broward Days, a Broward County-based non-profit legislative advocacy organization that conducts the annual "Broward Days" event in Tallahassee. She currently serves as the Board’s Chair. She also is a member of the Broward County Bar Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee, where she served at the moderator for the Association’s legislative panel during their 2016 Legislative Affairs Reception. Ms. Fried, selected as a 2014 Daily Business Review South Florida "Rising Star," was also nominated for the same title by her peers in 2009, 2010 and 2015 in Florida Super Lawyers.

Experienced in complex commercial litigation, Ms. Fried is admitted to practice in Florida Middle and Southern U.S. District Courts. She formerly managed a foreclosure defense litigation department as Senior Litigation Associate for another major law firm. In a previous position, she also served the Eighth Circuit Court Public Defender’s Office, for which she managed a large felony and misdemeanor caseload and chaired more than 20 jury trials. Subsequently, she was promoted there to Felony Division Chair, a position that entailed supervising colleagues’ case management.

Professional Organizations:

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors

The Florida Bar Standing Committee on the Legal Needs of Children

The Florida Bar Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Standing Committee, Vice-Chair

The Florida Bar Student Education and Admissions Committee

Broward County Bar Association Legislative Affairs Committee

Alachua County Bar Grievance Committee; March 2008-February 2009 

Member-at-Large, Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section; 2004-2005

 

Education:

University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, J.D., 2003

University of Florida, M.A. in Political Campaigning, 2003

University of Florida, B.A. in Political Science, 1998

 

Awards and Honors:

Daily Business Review 2014 Rising Stars

The Florida Bar's Standing Committee on the Legal Needs of Children; 2014 -- Recognition of leadership in lobbying for legislation ensuring disabled dependent children have lawyers

South Florida Legal Guide “Top Up & Comer," 2014, 2015

Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2009, 2010, 2015

University of Florida Hall of Fame

Civic and Community involvement:

LeRoy Collins Institute - Board of Directors

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida – Board Member

Broward Days Board of Directors - Chair 2017-2018

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce - Government Affairs Committee

Florida Blue Key

Florida Blue Key Honorary Tapping Committee, spring 2016

Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

Florida State University College of Law - Guest Lecturer, Spring 2012:  “Insurance Law:  A Law and Political Economics Perspective"

University of Florida Governmental Relations Advisory Committee

Former University of Florida Board of Trustees Member

Former University of Florida Student Body President

 

Speaking Engagements:

Guest speaker on Fried on Business on 880TheBiz, "Medical Cannabis in Florida." http://bit.ly/FOB427N

Florida Association of Counties Medical Marijuana Panel, June 29, 2017

Broward Days 2017 Medical Marijuana Workshop, Panelist, March 15, 2017

Let's Talk Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Town Hall, Panelist, March 2, 2017

Broward Bar Association Medical Marijuana Legalization Summit, "Current Legal Atmosphere of Marijuana: History & Horizons", February 10, 2017

Florida Association of Counties Medical Marijuana Summit, "Keeping the Peace", Panelist, February 4, 2017

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Webinar: The Road Less Traveled…Practicing in the Legislative Process; Moderator, June 13, 2014

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Webinar: In a Galaxy Far Far Away… A/K/A Tallahassee; Moderator, June 12, 2105

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Webinar: "The Good, The Bad, and the Totally Insane", Moderator, May 25, 2016

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Webinar: How Men Can Sponsor Women; Moderator, April 20, 2015 -part of Commission on Women’s “Balancing in Heels” webinar series.

Broward County Bar Association Legislative Affairs Annual Legislative Panel: Moderator, March 2016