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Nicole Hay joined Foundry Law Group because she wanted to work with innovatie clients and energized attorneys.  She serves as their primary point person for dispute resolution, litigation and insolvency matters.  


Nicole transitioned to Foundry Law Group after she formed Nicole Hay, PLLC in 2013.  Its inception was inspired by Nicole’s desire to meld her varied background as a bankruptcy and commercial litigator, government lawyer, and scholar in international humanitarian law.  Nicole’s experience spans state and federal court practice, and she has had the opportunity to address legal issues in multi-party and multi-district litigation, including serving an ad litem appointment by federal district Judge Jane Boyle in a multi-party copyright infringement lawsuit.  She has ever-growing experience externing and clerking for federal judges in the bankruptcy realm.



While operating, Nicole Hay, PLLC helped multiple Washington small business owners open their own doors.  The firm regularly performed bankruptcy consultations and contract drafting and review.  The Firm has also represented homeowners associations, small business owners and entrepreneurs in litigation, including construction and landlord/tenant disputes.  Nicole, now as a legal officer at Foundry Law Group just as while a managing member at Nicole Hay, PLLC is devoted to the principles of legal excellence, equitable dispute resolution, and integrity in business. 



Nicole is licensed in both Texas and Washington and admitted in most federal districts in both states.  Before becoming a lawyer, she worked in fundraising and international programs at Shared Hope International, an anti-human trafficking non-profit organization founded by former U.S. Congresswoman Linda Smith, and as Director of Media & Communications for a constitutional law non-profit organization. 


Nicole’s scholarship has focused upon the two complex and seemingly divergent areas of humanitarian and business law.  Her published work includes an article in the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee’s Journal on lien-stripping in bankruptcy.  Her humanitarian law scholarship has focused upon transitional justice in conflict zones, earning her the Lester Martin Award in 2004 for her paper on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  In 2013, Nicole returned to Rwanda for the second time in her life to join a delegation of nine other attorneys in performing a Legal Capacity Training on mineral contracts for Rwandan government employees and attorneys.   


Nicole was born and raised in Port Townsend, Washington.  She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science from Brandeis University and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.  In addition to managing Nicole Hay, PLLC, Nicole currently sits as a Board Member for the Juniper Fund--a non-profit organization devoted to aiding family members who lost a loved one working in the high-altitude industry of the Himalayas.


Nicole is always interested in presenting to organizations and groups on relevant issues in humanitarian, business or bankruptcy law. 


Practice areas

  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Bankruptcy: 30%
  3. Business: 20%

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  • Madhumeet Kaur Singh

    Nicole is a savvy attorney with a strong business acumen. She has a keen sense of the law and represents her clients rigorously. She is a strong negotiator with her clients needs in her purview. I highly endorse this lawyer.


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  • Andrew Christian Olmsted

    I endorse Ms. Hay. I have found her to be a very knowledgeable and personable attorney in the Seattle young lawyer community.


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Contact info

Foundry Law Group

3417 Evanston Ave. N
Suite 212
Seattle, WA, 98117


TXInactive 201107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Oral AdvocateConrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition2011
Order of the Barristers AdmissionOrder of the Barristers2011
Best Oral AdvocateConrad B. Duberstein Moot Court Competition2010
Best Thesis on a Legal Topic: Accountability for GenocideLester Martin2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Legal OfficerFoundry Law Group2014 - Present
Managing MemberNicole Hay, PLLC2014 - 2015
Assistant City AttorneyKenyon Disend Law Firm2013 - 2014
AssociateHiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach, PC2010 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Juniper FundBoard Member2014 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)Co-Communications Chair2013 - 2014
University of Washington, Duberstein Moot Court TeamCo-Coach2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Rehoboth Hospitality, LPSecured creditor prevailed after pressure to lift the automatic stay or dismiss the case.
• In re Arnold Stone, Inc.Favorable settlement for Quarry Land Holdings, LLC
• Travopoly Travel, Inc. v. Worldventures Marketing, Inc.Successfully defeated summary judgment against counterclaims on written pleadings.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees QuarterlyThe Right Time and Method for Lien Stripping2011
Department of JusticeDallas Assessment of Identification of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims and Their Access to Services2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
Brandeis UniversityPolitical ScienceBA/MA2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Capacity Building ProgramForming and Negotiating Mineral Rights Contracts2013
Women's Studies ProgramHuman Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery2007
Brandeis Graduate SymposiumReconciliation and Reconstruction: The Rwanda Case2004