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Nicole Valentine

Licensing Attorney at Gold River, CA

4.9   144 reviews

also known as Nicole Mullikin

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    70%
    Represent numerous licensed professionals including RNs, LVNs, RTs, Pharmacists, etc under investigation, pending Accusation. I assist licensees with reporting convictions and write collateral consequence letters for criminal defense attorneys.

    12 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    I currently represent professionals charged with DUI, diverting controlled substances, embezzlement, fraud, domestic violence, and practicing medicine w/o license. I handle serious felony, and misdemeanor cases.

    18 years

  3. Employment and labor
    10%
    I defend clients in internal affairs or administrative interviews, Skelly Hearings, and appeal hearings including arbitration, State Personnel Board hearings, Civil Service Commission Hearings, Office of Administrative Hearings, PERB.

    12 years

Conviction of a crime can result in adverse consequences to your employment and your professional license.  The great part about hiring an attorney like me is that I have experience with handling criminal , employment, and licensing matters.  I can fully advise you of any collateral consequences so that you can make an informed decision about your livelihood. 

I represent clients all over the State of California charged with crimes, facing allegations against their professional licenses or facing adverse actions with their employment.   I will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Please call me for a free consultation or email me so I can help you. 

Location

Goyette and Associates
2366 Gold Meadow Way
Ste 200
Gold River, CA, 95670

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  144 customer reviews
Posted by Ashley B. | May 24, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nicole is IMPECCABLE.
**Review for Nicole Valentine** Today, I received life-changing news from Nicole Valentine and her law firm that lifted an enormous weight off my shoulders. I was falsely accused of something that had nothing to do with patient care or harming anyone. To fund my nursing education, I started my own business, and a competitor fabricated lies about me. In retaliation for addressing the issue legally, this competitor reported me to the BVNPT. Before retaining Nicole, I had another attorney who swindled me out of $7,500, provided wrong advice to surrender my license, and failed to inform me about the Medi-Cal exclusion list. Receiving that Medi-Cal letter broke my heart and shook me to my core, marking a very trying period in my life. When Nicole came into my life, we discovered that my previous attorney had done nothing to defend me or work in my favor; he was simply trying to extract money from me and close my case quickly without giving me proper options. Although this revelation was devastating, I had complete faith in Nicole and her team. Nicole Valentine is an exceptional attorney who does everything in her power to protect you, your license, and your livelihood. For every question and scenario I presented, she always had an answer and provided much-needed reassurance. She was a compassionate listener, understanding my situation fully. Her assistant, Vanessa, was equally incredible at communication, making the process seamless. I recently received the news that I was removed from the Medi-Cal exclusion list. I am deeply grateful to Nicole and her team for their relentless and aggressive efforts to defend me and restore my life. Despite the lengthy process, they never left my side. Nicole is a gem, and her approach as an attorney is unparalleled. I highly recommend Nicole Valentine and her exceptional law firm. My children and I are eternally grateful and will never forget how much she has helped us. If you need an attorney who will stand by you and do whatever it takes to help, Nicole Valentine should be your only choice. Nicole and Vanessa, I cannot thank you enough. Ashley B.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney!
This firm is amazing! They were so quick to help me with my situation. I was in distress trying to get my case dismissed and they did that for me! Communication was excellent. Nicole Valentine, Jennifer and Marissa were all so helpful and resolved my case with ease. They were always there to answer my questions and comfort me during this tough time. Nicole was very professional and knew the right steps to take to handle my case. I am grateful that she helped me get my DUI expunged and now I can finally breathe. If you want help with your nursing or medical license, I HIGHLY recommend this firm. Thank you thank you thank you!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expunged and Reproval
I can’t say enough about Nicole and her team! From the very beginning of this horrendous experience, Nicole helped set me at ease with her expert counsel, immense experience, straight talk, and humanistic caring. She guided me with my options and played out all of the scenarios for me. She gave solid advice on best course of action and told me everything I should have done beforehand to give us the best possible chance at minimizing impact. She dealt directly with the BRN and DOJ, taking a huge weight off of our family. Even her assistant was stellar, on top of communication, and was quick to respond. What an excellent team! She was able to secure a public reproval and expungement for the wet reckless case despite the BRN wanting probation. This would have forced me to undergo strict monitoring, restrict my schedule, and limit my ability to promote within my nursing career. It would have also made family life extremely difficult as the primary earner. Nicole was able to save not only my career, but my ability to provide for my family, as well as my ability to continue to help heal and serve our community. I simply couldn’t breathe if I couldn’t be a nurse! It is who I am to the core, I believe Nicole saw that, and worked diligently to ensure I could continue to fulfill my life’s purpose despite a terrible mistake and choice I made. Thank you so much Nicole and team for caring about my family and I and literally saving our lives! We will forever be indebted to you and eternally grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Medi-Cal reinstated after DUI expunged
My MediCal provider status reinstated and my DUI was expunged. My MediCal provider status reinstated and my DUI was expunged. My MediCal provider status reinstated and my DUI was expunged.
Posted by Daniel | March 4, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Nicole was the greatest! I was in a pickle and she got me out of it real quick !After talking to a few lawyers and getting no where I discovered her. What should’ve been a long process got resolved quickly and promptly ! She was there every step of the way and always got back to me super quick with any questions I had! 10/10 recommend !
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super supportive
Going through an accusation on your license is possibly the most stressful thing that can happen in your career. It almost killed mine. But I know for a fact I would not have gotten through it without the support and professional assistance of Nicole Valentine. Nicole went above and beyond for me, learning the delicacies and language of my specialty; a very arduous task, indeed. The documents Nicole provided in my defense were top notch, and I can honestly say if I had not had Nicole as my lawyer I would not still be a practicing nurse today, because this entire process would have driven me to quit. But she stood by me and defended me, and she made it possible for me to continue to be the best nurse I can be for my patients. I hate that nurses are dragged through the mud often to placate systems or physicians, but if the system gets you and you need support, don’t think twice. Hire Nicole Valentine.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2024
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RN
Just wow!!! Nicole Valentine is truly GOD sent! I was convicted of a DUI with .15 alcohol blood test. I was unable to get it pled down to wet and reckless due to living in a state that's strict on DUIs, but she assisted in writing a letter to the California Board of Nursing and I followed the things she recommended. After a few months, I received a citation from the board with no fee which means no discipline on my registered nursing license. I can finally breathe. Please hire her and just do what she asks !!!!!! I'm still in shock. Thank you so much, Nicole I've never met you but thank you for not judging me because of the mistake I made you deserve the world you will continue to be blessed and I hope you continue to be a blessing to others.
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Posted by Linda | February 12, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney!!
I hired Ms. Valentine to represent me concerning a situation that involved the Board of Registered Nursing. From the very start, Nicole was upfront and honest with me on what the outcome could be. She was very clear with me what she wanted me to do and what steps she would take to provide the best legal representation on my behalf. Because of Nicole's hard work in my case, the outcome was quite favorable. I would highly recommend Nicole Valentine to ANYONE seeking legal representation.
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Posted by Richard | December 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gave me hope when the situation looked bleak
Nicole Valentine really rose to the occasion to save my nursing career when I was sure it was over. I can't express my gratitude enough! Thank you, Nicole!
Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Powerful
Nicole helped me with a work problem I encountered and saved my permits from being cancelled. She listens well, is generous with her time, and is also emotionally supportive. She is direct and to the point. Just do what she says, even if it is uncomfortable for you. She knows the system, and will work hard to get the best possible outcome for your situation. I really like her as a person and respect her as a lawyer. I highly recommend Nicole Valentine as an employment and labor lawyer.
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Posted by Brian | November 20, 2023
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Brian
Nicole was amazing. I hired her for license defense against the CABRN and CAEMSA and she helped me avoid formal discipline from both agencies. I received a citation after a wet reckless offense. The entire process took almost 2 years because the board moves so slow. It was concerning, I was worried they were doing a formal investigation and planning to put me on probation. I often reached out to Nicole who would contact the board and follow up with me about the status of my case. She helped me through the anxiety and worry and I was able to keep my peace of mind. Turns out the board just took forever to get a copy of police reports. In the end, all was well, only a citation! No probation!
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Posted by Courtney | November 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nicole is awesome!!!
I initially contacted Nicole regarding an issue related to the Cali-Med exclusion list. She explained the entire process to me and listened intently to the details of my situation. I hired her immediately because she is an expert in dealing with situations like mine. She advised me of everything needed to make the best case for me and from my end the process was very easy. She was able to get me removed from the list and communicated with me throughout the entire process so I knew what to expect and when to expect it. She was great!
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Posted by Zach | October 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You want Nicole on your side
Nicole saw me through a painful chapter in my life, offering timely and ideal representation through a legal and professional licensing case. She was able to advocate for and win me the best possible outcome for both instances. She was a pleasure to work with and made the process as convenient as possible.
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
RN
I was reported to the board due to a false accusation of drug diversion. I contacted Nicole Valentine immediately and she encouraged me throughout the entire process. Almost 2 years later my case was completely closed out thanks to Nicole. Thank you!!
Posted by Rocky | September 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nicole Valentine
Nicole Valentine went above and beyond to help me with my case. She is very knowledgeable and is very supportive throughout this ordeal.
Posted by Kelsey | August 18, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Help
Nicole took the time out of her day to call me and help guide me through the proper channels and what my options were. She was honest, understanding, and she gave me the best insight for my situation. I truly appreciated her making the time to guide me through a stressful situation and helping me see the light at the end of the tunnel!
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Posted by Robert G. | April 10, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Giving of Her Time and Attention
Nicole took time out of her busy schedule to consult with me and review my situation. She was very informative and gave sound legal advice that helped me incredibly. If you are in a situation where you need an attorney who is knowledgeable, caring, and understanding don't hesitate to contact her office.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
After dealing with DHCS (Medi-cal) in California since 2016, she made a miracle happen. I should have called her from day one instead of waiting all these years. Thank you so much Nicole, I cannot express how much in words I am so appreciative of you and your team. You turned my life around for the better when everyone else turned me away, thank you so much!
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing.
Attorney Nicole Valentine was very attentive, caring, and aggressive with fighting for my case. Would greatly recommend :) (RN with wet wreckless) and assisted in helping with letter for renewing my license to CA RN board.
Posted by Luke | February 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney, overall!
I am enthusiastically, recommending Nicole Valentine as a very professional and brilliant attorney for physicians dealing with the Medical Board. She helped me reach a settlement that was much better than I had hoped for. She worked tirelessly with the state Attorney General’s office to make sure that I received fair treatment. She also helped me reduce my cost recovery amount in half! I will forever be grateful for her extremely professional and incredibly thorough approach to my case. You definitely need Nicole Valentine to represent you in your case!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goyette and Associates
  • 2013 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Ciummo & Associates
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
  • 2003 - 2005

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • University of Northampton
  • Semester Abroad
  • N/A

Associations

  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Nicole
Licensing Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Nicole. I have worked with her on opposing matters for the past several years and recently together as co-counsel. She is always well prepared, articulate and professional. Nicole is a true and zealous warrior for her clients."
Licensing Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very bright, competent and she fights hard for her clients. She’s also a great communicator."
Licensing Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred several nurses in trouble with the BRN (DUI, stealing medications, etc.) to Nicole - all of them have been happy with her representation and results. I've been impressed enough to refer other lawyers to her. She works well with other attorneys to achieve a result that is good both on the criminal front and the licensing front."
Administrative law
Criminal defense
DUI and DWI

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Gold River Licensing Lawyer Nicole Valentine
Nicole Valentine
Licensing Attorney
Gold River, CA
Licensed for 17 years
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