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Nicole Valentine

Licensing Attorney at Gold River, CA

4.9   128 reviews

also known as Nicole Mullikin

About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    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.

    11 years

  2. Criminal defense
    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.

    17 years

  3. Employment and labor
    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.

    11 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. 

Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 04/17/2023

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

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


4.9 / 5.0
  128 customer reviews
Posted by Robert G. | April 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| 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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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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Posted by Skyla | January 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My lawyer was able to get me my license to practice with my charges and helped me with my initial denial of licensure. I couldn’t be more grateful. Honest and open communication.
Posted by Jamie Lynn | December 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
110% recommend
Miss Nicole Valentine, Esq was absolutely amazing. She represented me with an OIG matter and was phenomenal. I sent her my heartfelt and sincere thank you!
Posted by Heaven | November 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You will never find a better lawyer then her.
My case was very unique. She fights for you but you have to be open and tell her what you know. That way she doesn’t get any surprises during court. Her staff is wonderful as well trust them with their help. You don’t always have to talk to her everyday. Do they paperwork they ask of then she will call you and go over everything with you. She will sound mean but it’s to prepare you for how the other lawyer will talk to you. But she is wonderful. She WON my case and it was dismissed. Remember this is your license so you have to put in the work as well with what they ask you to do. She is wonderful at getting the other side to trip over their words. I would use her again. Once again my case was very unique, it was a full three days of court. The judge even said it’s something she has never seen. So my lawyer Nicole worked hard to prove all the lies the family was saying. She is worth the money.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney!
Nicole was a pleasure to work with and the result she was able to get was amazing. She is the second licensing attorney I have had to work with, and she is by far the best. Nicole proved that she really cared about me personally while also working smart and hard to get the outcome we were looking for. I will definitely choose Nicole again if needed in the future - no question about it! Highly recommended.
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Posted by Lucas | September 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Medical Board Accusation
Nicole did an outstanding job negotiating my settlement with the Attorney General's office after my accusation by the medical board. I was extremely happy with the result. She is an amazing negotiator and attorney overall.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pulled a rabbit out of a hat
Citation and fine achieved on a high BAC DUI. Was not expecting that one! Communicative and has an up front strategy to proactively defend and present a story to the BRN that helps them make an informed decision. I don't have a problem with substances, I am safe to practice ... Nicole Valentine was able to help me demonstrate that.
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Posted by Angelica Maria | August 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence and Expertise
I want to thank publicly Nicole Valentine and her team for the excellent, professional and expedited legal services she provided me during a stressful situation I encountered with my nursing license and the BVNPT. She was always in communication with me, her guidance and extensive professional experience in nursing law was exactly what I needed! She guided me from day one that I contacted her until the entire process. She was there for me through every phone call, every email and up to my interview with the BVNPT, and after the matter. Nicole Valentine made sure I kept my hard earned nursing license. Nicole knows exactly how to approach any legal challenges against your nursing license, I highly recommend Nicole and her team for any unforeseen encounters a nurse might find themselves in!! Thank you so so much Nicole Valentine for helping me keep my nursing license, I know that without your help I would have been able to continue working as a nurse. You are amazing !!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hands down Amazing!
I received a DUI on New Years Day 2021. I thought my life was over not only was I afraid of loosing my LVN license I was also in a BSN program. From the first phone call with Nicole she assured me that I was not going to loose my license. After speaking with I felt the weight lifted off my shoulders. She explained the process step by step. She is extremely knowledgeable and amazing at what she does. Thanks to her I only received a fine of $500. I recommend her to any professional going through something similar. We are all human and we make mistakes, Nicole can help you get through it in order to move on with your life.
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Posted by Joaquin | August 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
Nicole Valentine did an amazing job with my case. I had a felony on my record that was limiting my career, housing, employment, and time with my kids. Nicole not only had it dropped to a misdemeanor, but also expunged. From day one, Nicole made me feel that my case was just as important to her as it was to me. Her communication was timely, and was always available by text. I am so thankful that I found her online and that she was able to take my case. Thank you for helping me get my life back Nicole. I would recommend Nicole without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Attorney Nicole is prompt to reply, and is clear about what she is working on. Nicole and her staff are kind and respectful. I highly recommend Nicole to represent your legal needs. She is professional and highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Nicole Valentine helped me with my case and she was so helpful! She answered all of my questions and helped me get all of the necessary documents I needed turned in and reviewed them as well. With her help, I received a citation and fine from the board which was the best possible scenario. Thank you so much Nicole!!
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
License Issue
Nicole did great work! I glad that i found Nicole online, shes help me to take care of the license issue, Nicole on top of my case, great communication even on her vacation shes took time to meet on sheduled meeting with the judge, my case been dissmissed. Thank you Nicole you are the best!
Posted by Jennifer | April 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Licensed nurse
Nicole represented me with the board of vocational nursing, she was amazing and explained everything every step of the way.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I signed up with RN Guardian for my license defense because I know I might need their services later. When the time came, I requested that Atty. Nicole Valentine represent me to disclose my conviction to the BRN. I received an Accusation and Nicole Valentine was on top of everything BRN related. It was a very stressful moment for me, but she gave me the reassurance that she will do everything to get the best possible outcome. Nicole was very professional, knowledgeable, prompt and always available through phone or email. She explained the process to me and gave me a list of everything I needed to do. It was overwhelming at first and sometimes I felt like giving up, but Nicole was always there to guide me and boost my spirits. She is an excellent lawyer, advocate and determined to get positive results. At last, the BRN approved the probation that Nicole negotiated for. She saved my career! Truly she is my heaven-sent guardian angel! Thank you, Atty. Nicole Valentine, I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Carla | April 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable with the BRN and BVNPT
Nicole Valentine assisted me in getting my RN license after a misdemeanor conviction. She is knowledgeable, kind,and beypnd fair. There is so much more I want yo say... bottom line... she is a fighter! She is honest and fair. She truly sees her clients as people and cares.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My advice to anyone going through a license denial or any trouble at all with obtaining or keeping their License due to any circumstance. DO NOT HESITATE NICOLE VALENTINE WILL FIX IT. I had just finished Psych tech school (during pandemic of 2020) and had passed my licensing test , only to be told by the board they were denying my license due to 3 passed misdemeanors. I had been finger printed to work at a state hospital as a student and got cleared as well as all my clinical sights and never had a problem with my background . I assumed it was all good and would get my license but that was not the case. I read Nicole Valentines reviews and was very impressed and I am not disappointed . She gave my case everything and was very good at emailing me/ calling me back if I had a question. She is very knowledgeable in her work as well as dedicated to her clients. She advised me to get everything expunged and put together an amazing mitigation packet for me. Now the BVNPT has dismissed the denial and now I am able to obtain my license . Me and my family are forever grateful for her services. Do not hesitate to hire her for representatio. It will be the smartest move to save your career. THANK YOU NICOLE !
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

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


  • 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


  • 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

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Gold River Licensing Lawyer Nicole Valentine
Nicole Valentine
Licensing Attorney
Gold River, CA
Licensed for 16 years
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