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Nicole found her calling in employment discrimination law early on in her career.  While earning her degree, Nicole worked toward enhancing employee rights. In her final year of law school, Nicole transitioned from advocating for employee benefits to anti-discrimination practice and took an internship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was here that she became inspired to open a plaintiff’s employment law boutique. Following her dream, Nicole took a position with a solo practitioner and her inevitable mentor before hoisting the sails of her own practice dedicated to vindicating employee rights.

Nicole is an active member of the employment law community. As a Director of the New Lawyer Division of the San Diego County Bar Association, she encourages and enables the participation, education and professionalism of young attorneys. Closest to her heart, Nicole is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, where she currently serves on the CELA VOICE Project’s inaugural team, dedicated to addressing breaking news events related to employment law and/or workers’ rights. Reaching outside of the legal community, Nicole sits on the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Community Outreach Committee, focusing on advancing the status of women.

Nicole is admitted to practice in the State Courts of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.


Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 30%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 30%
  3. Employment: 20%
  4. Wrongful Termination: 20%



Hourly ($300-400/hour), contingent (33-45%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Joshua David Mackenroth

    Nicole is a splendid lawyer and an accomplished professional. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • May Lynn Harris

    I've known Ms. Heeder for some time, and have happily followed her endeavors to open Law & [M]Ocean. She is a strong and capable attorney, who knows her "stuff!" I highly endorse her!


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40 Labor & Employment LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Top Attorneys Semi-Finalist - Labor and EmploymentSan Diego Daily Transcript2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2015
Top Young Attorney AwardSan Diego Daily Transcript2014
40 Under 40San Diego Metro Magazine2014
Semi-Finalist Top Attorneys - Labor and EmploymentSan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2014
Top Attorneys Nominee - Labor and EmploymentSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Outstanding Labor & Employment Student of the YearAtlanta Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw & [M]ocean2010 - Present
AssociateMillar & Mixon, LLC2009 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lawyers Club of San DiegoReproductive Rights and Women’s Advocacy Committee2013 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoCommunity Outreach Committee Member2010 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Forum for Emerging LawyersChair2015 - 2015
San Diego County Bar Association, Board of DirectorsDirector2014 - 2015
San Diego County Bar Association, New Lawyer DivisionPresident-Elect2013 - 2014
San Diego County Bar Association, New Lawyer DivisionBoard of Directors2011 - 2014
San Diego County Bar Association, New Lawyer DivisionN/A2010 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
CELA VOICECorporate "wellness" programs are unhealthy for employee rights2014
CELA VOICEFilner went out with a bang2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Good Morning San DiegoNew Employment Laws Affecting Businesses2015
California Western Clinical Internship ProgramHow to Start up a Solo Practice2013
2011 Fall Leadership SummitLunch with Experience2011