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Nicole J. Griese

Family Attorney at Sioux Falls, SD

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Nicole Vanhove

  • Licensed for 7 years
    State SD
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family

  2. Criminal defense
    Whether you're guilty or not, I thoroughly evaluate whether the State can prove their case. Once I determine what the State can prove, I negotiate the strengths and weaknesses of the State's case and fight for the best outcome for my clients.

  3. Car accident
    Suffering an injury after an accident can have a devastating impact on your life. Victims are entitled to compensation. I take the time to understand the full extent of your injuries and loss before I will consider any settlement offer.

  4. Divorce and separation

  5. Social Security & Disability
    Many accident victims and hard working South Dakotans face the day where they are unable to work. I have helped many clients apply and succeed in getting on social security disability through the application, appeal, and hearing process.

  6. DUI and DWI


Nicole's practice focuses on strategic critical thinking, compassionate guidance, and zealous advocacy. The best case is the well-prepared one. 

Nicole was born and raised into humble roots in Sioux Falls, SD and is a first generation lawyer in her family. Her father grew up in a family of farmers, and her mother grew up in a family focused on business. Nicole’s family ingrained in her at a young age the importance of working hard and she brings those values of never giving up to her cases both in and out of the courtroom. Her practice consists of strategic critical thinking, compassionate guidance, and zealous advocacy.

Before opening her own law office in spring 2018, Nicole gained extensive experience working from 2013-2018 for 5 different law firms in North Carolina, Minnesota and South Dakota.

In Nicole’s law career, she has extensive trial experience taking a variety of cases to jury trial and having successfully won acquittals in both federal and state court at the felony level. Nicole has also litigated countless custody and divorce cases, advocating for parental rights and to ensure clients end up with their fair share of the marital estate. Finally, Nicole’s experience includes recovering six figures in settlements for clients in personal injury claims. Whatever the fight—Nicole does not back down and brings to the table considerable experience.

In addition to litigating full time and owning her own business, Nicole spends her free time with her family. She enjoys running, reading and watching movies.


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Client's Choice 2018
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Griese Law Firm, P.C.
101 N. Phillips Ave, Ste 605
Sioux Falls, SD, 57104


5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Client's Choice
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Posted by Courtney & Nick | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Nicole was always one step ahead, very thorough when it came to my case! I was very pleased with the outcome! If you ever need a attorney who goes above and beyond Nicole is the one!!
Posted by Leah | February 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Hardworking and Commpassionate Attorney
Nicole is an diligent and trustworthy attorney who helped me win my case. She is extremely versed in all areas of the Law. I would recommend her to anyone who is seeking a reputable accomplished attorney who is dedicated in helping you win your case.
Posted by paul | October 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Super Professional
Att. Nicole was very professional and timely. Responded and returned calls very quickly.
Posted by Brenda | August 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I used Nicole Griese for my divorce. She was knowledgeable, compassionate, direct and looked at all avenues. However painful, my divorce was, the load was lightened by having Nicole represent me.
Posted by Lori | March 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Breath of Fresh Air
We recently had an urgent need for a lawyer to help us deal with a family crisis. After many sleepless nights, we were referred to Nicole. She was a breath of fresh air, during a time of extreme duress for our family. She immediately made us feel at ease, and gave us hope that there was a "light at the end of the tunnel". Her dedication and passion earned us the best outcome possible for her situation. She is an authentic, genuine South Dakotan. We would recommend her to any one.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2018
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Highly recommend
We hired Nicole to represent our son who had a temporary protection order placed against him. Nicole was very thorough in investigation our case, and found many of the accusations against our son to be false. With Nicole's help our sons case dismissed. We were very pleased with the outcome of our case and would highly recommend Nicole.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2018
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Hardworking, selfless and very determined.
Nicole was very friendly when I first contacted her and told her my story. She listened/heard everything I said was willing to take my case on with her already busy world. She is very big hearted and was determined that I needed to receive justice and she would always find time to make herself available when I needed it whether it being via email or phone. Nicole knew a lot of what she was doing and always made sure that I was comfortable and not pressured to do anything. Everything was completely 100% my decisions and I respected that which made me respect her even more. Nicole is definitely one of the most friendliest people I’ve met. I’m amazed with her dedication and all of her efforts.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2018
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Nicole was a court appointed attorney for when I filed an IVC against my daughter. Filing an IVC (involuntary commitment) is a difficult decision, but she reassured me it was the right thing to do. Her support gave me the strength to follow through. She was also always available when I needed her. Whenever I would call the office, she would answer within 5-10 minutes. When my daughter attempted to leave town prior to the court hearing, Nicole was able to file a restraining order, and get a judge to sign the order, within 30 minutes. If my daughter had not been restrained, I believe that she would have returned to her life threatening behavior. Nicole was there every step of the way during this difficult process.
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Posted by Tyler | December 11, 2017
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Hardworking and Knowledgeable
If you are looking for a hardworking and extremely knowledgeable attorney, Nicole Griese should be your first stop. Nicole handled two separate car accidents that happened in close proximity for me. I can't express how grateful I am that I had her to handle a pretty tricky situation. Nicole quickly and efficiently worked through the cases to get me a resolution that I am EXTREMELY pleased with. Additionally, while working through my car accidents, I had some questions regarding a separate legal matter arise. Nicole went above and beyond to answer many questions that I had even though they were not related to my car accidents. If you are looking for an attorney that truly cares about her clients and possesses great knowledge of the legal system, look no further.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2017
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Excellent & aggressive attorney
I've had the pleasure of working with Nicole before. I could not recommend her more whole-heartedly. Her enthusiasm and tenacity make her an excellent choice for legal representation
Posted by Sara | December 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and compassionate
Knowing her from high school I went in feeling super embarrassed about my custody battle but she made it so comfortable. I knew after my initial meeting I had gone to the right person! It didnt bother her that i was calling a lot in the beginning! She explained everything that was happening from day to day and what I would need to do on my end to get the outcome I wanted for my kids! She is an amazing person and lawyer!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Griese Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Eich Law Office, Prof. LLC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • King Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Paralegal/Law Clerk
  • King Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Intern
  • Lopez Law Firm, Prof LLC
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Dennis J. Holisak Law Office
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Volunteer Student Attorney
  • Mecklenburg County Public Defender's Office
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Extern
  • Law Office of Beth Sibley, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Extern
  • The Law Office of Camille Blanton, LLC
  • 2013 - 2013
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  • Charlotte School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of South Dakota
  • Bachelor Science
  • 2011
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • visiting student-Fall 2014
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 41CRI23-119 State v. S.K.
  • Acquittal
  • US v. Johnson, 4-22 CR22-40071
  • Acquittal
  • In the Matter of L.M.
  • 49CIV22-544
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  • United States District Court, District of South Dakota
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • South Dakota Second Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • South Dakota Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Second Circuit Women In Law
  • Vice President
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Sioux Empire Teen Court diversion program
  • Volunteer Judge
  • 2018 - 2023
  • Women to the Workforce
  • Mentor
  • 2018 - 2019
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Second Circuit Women in Law
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Sioux Council
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - 2022
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Women in Law Top 40 - South Dakota
  • National Alliance of Women in Law
  • 2019
  • 2019 Top 10- South Dakota
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2019
  • Top 10- South Dakota
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2019
  • "30 under 30"
  • University of South Dakota Alumni Association
  • 2019
  • Criminal Law Rising Star
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • LAY TRACS Recognition
  • South Dakota Young Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • South Dakota Bar Trial Skills
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Service Award 2018
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Under 40 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Honor Highest Distinction
  • Charlotte School of Law
  • 2014
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  • Charlotte School of Law Student Run Newspaper
  • The Charlotte Law Docket, Volume 7, Issue 7, February 2014
  • 2014
  • Charlotte School of Law Student Run Newspaper, Volume 8, Issue 1, August 2014
  • Humanitarian Crisis: Tens of Thousands of Unaccompanied Children Migrate North to the U.S. from Central America
  • 2014
  • Charlotte School of Law Student Run Newspaper, Volume 8, Issue 4, November/December 2014
  • OP-ED: My Experience "Visiting" at University of Minnesota Law
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Staying Organized
  • Lawyer Organizational Skills
  • 2022
  • Law School Orientation
  • Mental Health in the Legal Profession
  • 2021
  • Youth Attorney Training
  • Getting in to the Field of Law
  • 2018
  • Sam Masten Appellate Competition
  • Actual Physical Control of Vehicle for DUI
  • 2018
  • Domestic Violence Panel, October 9, 2013
  • Domestic Violence in Practice
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (21)
Endorse Nicole
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicole is a passionate and dedicated attorney that strives for the absolute best results for her clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole has created a thriving practice due to her drive to help her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Other
"Nicole and I attended law school together. We participated in a legal clinic where we practiced as student attorneys with the oversight of a licensed attorney. Nicole ensures her clients are always informed of all their legal options and breaks down even the most cumbersome legal information in a way that is easy to understand. She is an amazing advocate for each of her clients. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Nicole. She is dedicated to getting the best results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a thoughtful and dedicated advocate. I would recommend her without reservation for any matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"Nicole is intelligent, thoughtful, and a zealous advocate for every client. Her thorough preparation and dedication is evident when she is in the courtroom. I endorse Nicole without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a zealous advocate for her clients. I highly recommend her in all areas of law. She is a compassionate and assertive advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nicole and I represented co-defendants on felony charges. She got a fantastic result for her client (a reduction in charges to a misdemeanor and a suspended jail sentence with restitution), and did that after confronting the prosecutor with the weaknesses in their case and with their evidence. I told her she set the standard in that case for me to try to reach, and I meant it. Nicole is a zealous advocate for her clients and not afraid to stand up for them or fight for them. I endorse this attorney."
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