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Nicole Li

Administrative law Attorney at Port Townsend, WA

4.8   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    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. Administrative law
    34%
    Representing health care providers in their interactions with payers and regulators.

    17 years

  2. Business
    33%

    17 years

  3. Health care
    33%
    Representing health care providers in their interactions with payers, regulators, employers, and patients.

    17 years

Nicole started The Li Law Firm to assist health care providers interact with regulators and insurance companies.  Along with providing compliance and business advice, Nicole has successfully defended the licenses of dozens of providers against allegations of unprofessional conduct before the Washington State Department of Health.  She offers strong defense to physicians ensnared by the Washington Physician Health Program.  She has also helped many health care providers and practice groups either reduce or eliminate post-audit repayment demands from insurance companies.  She is experienced with helping providers establish, maintain, and defend their credentials with payors.  The Li Law Firm includes attorneys with extensive experience in Personal Injury, Employment, Nonprofit, and Intellectual Property law.

 

The Li Law Firm launched a separate practice group, Northern Lights Legal Services, to assist with the legal and regulatory compliance needs of Washington's marijuana and industrial hemp businesses.  Northern Lights Legal advocates for responsible adult use of psychedelics. 

Location

The Li Law Firm / Northern Lights Legal Services
211 Taylor Street
Suite 403F
Port Townsend, WA, 98368

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Letitia | April 12, 2023
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Nicole Li
I hired Nicole Li from the Li Law Firm for a matter under investigation by the Department of Health. Her responsiveness, communication style, and emotional awareness were impeccable. Nicole responded to emails almost immediately, relieving any weighing concerns. Communication via phone and email conveyed assertiveness and authenticity, which showed the traits of a genuine individual. Nicole alleviated my concerns the whole time we worked together, easing a disruptive and emotionally difficult time in my life. After what seemed like forever, the matter under investigation was closed with no further action. My license is unaffected- I recommend Nicole Li!
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2022
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My Wonderful Lawyer
Nicole is an excellent lawyer. I felt so seen by her. She listened to me, she shared herself with me, and she believed in me. Her support was comforting and so necessary as I moved through the formidable process of being investigated by the DOH. From the outset, she made herself completely available to me and made sure to include me in every aspect of our process together. She advocated for me in a skillful and honest way, and because of her support, we were successful in closing the case within four months (granted my case was not a complicated one). I highly recommend Nicole for any case involving the DOH of Washington State. She is caring and personable, efficient and talented.
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Posted by Michele | December 9, 2020
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Nicole is amazing!
As a new business owner, I was looking for someone to help navigate the world of compliance in the therapeutic world. Nicole was both knowledgeable about the legal requirements for my business and mindful in her delivery of information and recommendations. Nicole became just as invested and enthusiastic about my business as me! She established an efficient communication system where we could easily brainstorm and share ideas about the business and update documents like client intake forms and policies. It has been a great partnership!
 As my business grows, Nicole continues to be a wonderful and reliable source - from answering my business questions to helping create new documents and policies. I know that I can count on her for my business needs. Michele Owner, The Wanderers’ Nest www.twnfarm.com
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer
Nicole was very efficient with my case. She was expedient with communication and provided knowledge on how to best negotiate my options, reaching a wonderful result.
Posted by Jerad | January 29, 2020
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Great Attourney!
I was very pleased with all aspects of my interactions with Nicole. She is very professional and knowledgeable in her respective fields of law. I would recommend her services and hire her again if necessary!
Posted by Will | October 23, 2019
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Nicole saved my future!
As a counselor fresh in the mental health field, I was naïve and answered questions on the application in a way that was an inaccurate representation of who I was. The DOH tried to force me into a four-year treatment program after requesting I get an a evaluation which recommended no treatment. After attempting to defend myself and get questions answered, I reached a point where I was heartbroken and felt so bullied and hopeless. I reached out to Nicole for assistance to advocate for me, as I knew I had no chance of getting any movement on my own. I had never had to hire an attorney before, she came personally recommended and I was very nervous. Right away I knew I was in good hands. Nicole has great attention to detail and is very communicative. She immediately allowed me to feel like I can breathe for the first time in months. She gave me direction and kept me up-to-date regularly on what was transpiring. With the help of Nicole I beat my case! I would highly recommend her, she is a force!
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Posted by PR | March 22, 2019
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Lifesaver!
Dealing with the agency which regulates my practice is like David fighting Goliath- a very scary proposition which put my practice, staff and patients at risk. Then I heard about Nicole LI who literally saved my practice against false accusations that easily could have closed us down if I had tried to fight back by myself. Lucky is the person who never runs afoul of the state but if you do this lady will be able to help.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2019
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WPHP
Nicole Li has helped me immensely in rising up to fight against the corrupt Physicuan Health Program of the state - the WPHP. She was present and available to me throughout the entire process after the WPHP reported me to the medical board without legal justification. In all of this, which has now spanned more than a year, she has been an anchor of stability in the WPHP typhoon that has attempted to ruin my career and life. If you find yourself referred to the WPHP - get Nicole Li on board IMMEDIATELY. Do not approach the WPHP without an attorney - and in WA state, Nicole is the top of the line.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2018
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Excellent, timely, personal service
Nicole quickly responded to my initial request for consultation. She spoke with me on the phone for a free, brief meeting to see if she would take my case. She knew the healthcare/administrative law well, and had a good feel for how things operate in this field. She gave me clear, practical advice, and helped me through a stressful situation. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Tamara | February 3, 2018
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Skilled health profession lawyer
Nicole Li was and excellent law find for me. I was dealing with a DOH allegation regarding my pharmacist license. Nicole walked me through the entire process and helped me settle my allegation. Needless to say as a pharmacist my legal understanding of the process was limited and she helped make an overwhelming and scary process bearable. Her understanding of health law is extraordinary and she was able to help me settle and handle one of the scariest times of my life.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2016
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Nicole Li JD is a very generous and very competent lawyer and human being
I was audited in 2015 by a major insurance company in the Northwest, the results being a request for repayment in the amount of 100 K total. I initiated with Nicole Li after the insurance company had gathered up all my chart notes, and come back with the findings that they had overpaid me the above amount for an approximate 18 months window. My first meeting meeting with Nicole resulted in my requesting a narrower 365 day window as well as a request eventually that the extrapolation add ons be removed. Quite quickly after these requests were made, they were granted, and amazingly, that reduced my overpayment request very substantially to about 1/4 the original request. She was exceedingly helpful and generous and personable and I would recommend her 100% for anyone facing something like this. Right before I signed the final agreement, she went through the legal settlement and reassured me at every turn that we had done very well, and that I was signing at the right time and with the right terms. I was very worried about it, and still am that it will lead to other audits and problems down the road, but talking with her, I have definitely had closure. If anything like this ever happens again ( knock on wood) I will consult Nicole right away. I am very grateful that the outcome of the investigation was as favorable as it was. She really helped me in the most gentle and reliable and supportive way. I have never before consulted a lawyer about anything, and I doubt that she does all kinds of law, but if ever I need a lawyer for the occasion, she will be the person that I seek out to point me in the right direction. . Anonymous physician in family practice
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Posted by Kelly | February 11, 2016
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The BEST
Nicole was with me every step of the way, through one of the scariest time in my 30 year nursing career. She saw the pain that an accusation can cause, even when the state is involved. After she said,"Don't worry", I didnt. And my reputation was upheld and my spotless record remains that way. I would trust Nicole with my license , just knowing she is a phone call away, makes going to work the best part of my day.
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Posted by Michael | January 28, 2016
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Best attorney I've ever interacted with!
I first retained Ms. Li to represent me related to a Department of Health (DOH) investigation. Throughout that process I found Nicole to be very smart, very responsive, thorough, and resourceful. The investigation resolved with DOH finding no evidence of wrongdoing on my part. Nicole then continued to represent me in a lawsuit that I filed against DOH to ensure that DOH protected my patients' confidential information that DOH collected as part of their investigation of me. Nicole's skills as an attorney resulted in fully securing our patients' information and me receiving my attorney's fees from DOH. I extend to Nicole my highest recommendation, and do so without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2016
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The exception to all the bad lawyer jokes!
Nicole recently represented me in a case with the state medical board. She was exceptional in every way - not only in the beginning when she educated and reassured me, but also as the case progressed she was able to procure a settlement with very minimal consequences. She is very bright and knowledgable about the law, and is equally passionate about protecting the rights of the "little guy" against the big overstepping government. Her background in ethics is very beneficial when dealing with these issues as well. I can't say enough great things about Nicole and Peggy too. I feel like I not only won my case but now have a good friend. I highly recommend Nicole without reservation.
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Posted by Kathleen | July 23, 2015
Busted doctor beats the health department
Nicole Li at great expense in time and money to herself won for me a historic case against the Washington State Board of Health. There is no other attorney in the State of Washington who has accomplished such a feat.
Posted by Vickie | March 13, 2015
My Best Experience with a Lawyer
Nicole's very human, sympathetic ear combined with her lightning fast responsiveness and obvious legal acumen can make a very stressful legal situation feel manageable. I enjoyed working with her, her fees were extremely fair, and she was so helpful to me and successful with my case that I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Kevin | July 22, 2014
Best Attorney For Healthcare Providers
Nicole Li is awesome! She is the best attorney I have worked with for many years. I am a doctor in alternative medicine. An insurance company once audited us and required us to refund over $140,000. It is ridiculous but it happened. The company is very demanding and tough to deal with. Luckily enough, I found Nicole Li. After I hired her, I learned that she has very good strategies to manage the case and approach whoever you deal with. Nicole is also passionate and professional. She represented us to negotiate with the company and made a peace. I even could not believe the case was settled with such a good result. She saved our business and helped us have survived. I now can focus on my business again. Thank you, Nicole!
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Posted by Tanya Sheremeta | February 18, 2014
An exceptional attorney
I can strongly endorse Nicole Li as an attorney with an extensive administrative and health care background. When working with her, I was thoroughly impressed with her poise, intelligence, and tenacity. She is exceptionally resourceful and able to navigate the sometimes convoluted regulatory system. Her communication style is open and approachable. I would highly recommend her to any medical professional.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2014
Excellent work, quickly done
Nicole responded promptly to my questions, always cheerful and knowledgeable. She resolved a difficult situation favorably. Knowing that she was handling the matter, I was able to focus on my work. I recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2013
Very supportive, helpful
Nicole represented me in a recent case with the WA state DOH. I was somewhat blindsided by the case and it was extremely comforting to have Nicole on my side. She was highly responsive, often replying to my email withing minutes. She also went out of her way to check in with me and keep me updated during long waiting periods where we had not heard back from the DOH. Throughout the process I had absolutely no doubts about her ability and could not be more thankful for her help and support.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Instructor, Medical Marijuana Consultant Certificate Program
  • Academy of Cannabis Science
  • 2016 - Present
  • Legal Counsel
  • Washington State Hemp Industries Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • US Legal Advisor
  • Hemp Technologies Global, New Zealand
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cooperating Attorney
  • ACLU Of Washington
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Northern Lights Legal Services
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Li Law Firm, PS
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Zielke Law Firm, PS
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Coopersmith Health Law Group
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • International Community Health Services
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Advisor
  • New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner's Office
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • The University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD
  • 2004
  • The University of Pennsylvania Medical School
  • Master of Bioethics
  • 2004
  • The University of Washington
  • MA
  • 1999
  • Brown University
  • BA
  • 1995
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Kathleen Naughton, ND, ARNP, RN
  • Board of Naturopathy rejected State's argument; Dr. Naughton's license is active

Associations

  • Americans for Safe Access
  • member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The Cannabis Alliance
  • member
  • 2015 - Present
  • WSBA Business Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Cannabis Industry Association
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Marijuana Business Association
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • MJBA Women's Alliance
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • ACLU of Washington
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Professional Licensing Subsection (WSBA Health Law Section)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • NORML Women of Washington
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • International Community Health Services Foundation Board
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Biomedical IRB - University of Washington
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Edward V. Sparer Fellowship
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 2003
  • Equal Justice Foundation grant
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 2003
  • Equal Justice Foundation grant
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 2002
  • travel/research grant
  • University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics
  • 2002
  • Teaching Assistantship
  • University of Washington Dept of Philosophy
  • 1999
  • Teaching Assistantship
  • University of Washington Dept of Philosophy
  • 1998
  • Teaching Assistantship
  • University of Washington Dept of Philosophy
  • 1997
  • Research Assistantship
  • University of Washington Dept of Philosophy
  • 1996
  • Departmental Honors (Philosophy)
  • Brown University
  • 1995
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Publications

  • King County Medical Society Bulletin
  • "Promises, promises...." Possible Legal Problems with Designated Organ Donation
  • 2016
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Gender, Justice & Law: From Asylum to Zygotes: Issues and Resources for Judicial, Legal and Continuing Education (Bioethics Section)
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • WABA Seattle Conference
  • Applied Behavior Analysis: Legal Issues
  • 2014
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Medical Research Ethics in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2004
  • New Zealand Bioethics Conference
  • Medical Research Ethics in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (12)
Endorse Nicole
Administrative law Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Nicole. She takes the time to know her clients well and tailors her representation to their specific needs. She is thorough, creative, and a very good attorney."
Health care Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know many of the same professionals who know Nicole Li. When the right client came along, I referred him to Ms. Li. I can vouch that she's highly regarded for her professionalism."
Health care Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is great! Very knowledgeable about healthcare law."
Health care Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Nicole Li. Nicole is an exceptional and brilliant attorney who brings unmatched passion and belief to her cases, along with an astounding knowledge of the law and the inner-workings of the health care industry. She works tirelessly for her clients and cares deeply for them. I cannot recommend Nicole Li highly enough."
Health care Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Nicole is an exceptional advocate and a strong fighter on behalf of her clients. Her compassionate and warm nature puts clients at ease, and she fights tirelessly for their best interest. She is a go-to resource for health care law and cannabis law issues and serves as a mentor for many attorneys, myself included. She is very involved in the legal community and is a strong advocate for women’s rights."
Administrative law Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole Li is a fantastic attorney. She is very professional and is knowledgeable about her industry. You will be impressed with her work product. I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great confidence that I endorse Nicole. Her level of commitment to her practice and the clients that she serves is unparalleled. I would not hesitate to refer a client to her as she has shown that she is a leader in her field and is dedicated to serving her clients."
Administrative law Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole Li is a highly skilled and well-respected lawyer who zealously represents her clients."
Licensing Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ms. Li for more than 30 years, since long before either of us contemplated becoming attorneys. Through all that time she has remained, quite simply, one of the brightest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We recently collaborated on a matter where her intellect, compassion and dedication as an attorney were demonstrated in a manner that was truly inspiring. I strongly endorse this attorney, have referred my own clients to her in the past, and will continue to do so."
Health care Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can absolutely recommend Nicole Li to help any Washington medical professional deal with issues before the state licensing and disciplinary authorities. Her knowledge of state healthcare regulations and administrative procedure makes her an especially effective advocate. She looks at cases from every angle and zealously pursues the best possible outcomes for her clients."
Administrative law Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. There are few competent attorneys in the practice area of administrative law, and Nicole Li is one of them. She is a tireless advocate for her clients, and one of the leading voices in Seattle on medical ethics."
Administrative law Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is calm, capable, and very knowledgeable about the issues affecting businesses and business owners in the health field. She understands the Department of Health and can prevent audit issues that would trip up a lawyer less well-informed in health care law. I would highly recommend her work to any business owner or medical professional."
Health care Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Nicole Li. She is highly skilled, resourceful, and extremely bright, while bringing a very practical approach to meeting her client's needs. She is articulate and able to explain complicated matters in simple terms. She is also diligent and attentive. All around, Nicole is an excellent attorney. I trust her and I would recommend her."
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