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 activists in Florida’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry.
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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.
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 2016, 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.
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
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 – Past 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
University of Florida Governmental Relations Advisory Committee
Former University of Florida Board of Trustees Member
Former University of Florida Student Body President
2017 Broward County Bar Bench and Bar Conference, "Primer/Update and Legislative Update on Medical Marijuana", October 2017
Florida League of Cities 6th Annual Summer Research Symposium: Medical Marijuana and Your City: Facts, Fiction and Moving Forward; Municipal Impact Panelist, August 16, 2017
Florida Medical Marijuana Law Update & Community Forum, Panelist, August 14, 2017
Guest speaker on Policies and Pocketbooks on FM105.5, “The Implementation of Medical Marijuana in Florida”, July 29, 2017
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