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Nicole C. Freiler

ATTORNEY

Raleigh Office

TEL (919) 719-4760

FAX (919) 873-1814

Originally from Long Island, Nicole relocated to North Carolina during her teen years. She went on to attend East Carolina University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a therapist serving children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Nicole has a natural tendency toward connection and quickly realized how much she enjoyed advocating for others. These skills led her north to Pennsylvania.

In 2012, Nicole received her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law. During law school, Nicole was a Deans Merit Scholarship Recipient and a Health Law Award Recipient. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara D. Crowell and Aida Waserstein in the Delaware State Family Court. Nicole settled down in the Pennsylvania area and began her legal career as a civil defense litigator. Nicole was recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2018 – 2020.

Back in North Carolina, Nicole brings a wealth of experience in professional and municipal liability. She has represented physicians and medical facilities in medical malpractices cases and has defended municipalities in civil rights and employment matters. She enjoys speaking and writing on topics of interest for her clients and looks forward to expanding her connections across the state.

Nicole is married with two young children, Joshua and Maya. As a family, they gravitate toward outdoor activities and North Carolina provides perfect opportunities to be outdoors year-round. In her free time Nicole also love to travel. Her favorite destinations – Costa Rica, Panama and Belize – boast beautiful beaches and amazing culture. When she’s not reading case law, a good travel memoir is her go to.

Support Team

Linda Zampa, Legal Assistant

Education

B.S., 2003, East Carolina University

M.S., 2006, East Carolina University

J.D., 2012, Villanova University School of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar on Issues Related to Corrections, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, November 2016
  • Making a Difference in Charter Schools, Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools, October, 2016

Publications

  • Legal Triangle: Balancing Doctor-Patient and Attorney-Client Privilege, with Matthew Reddy, Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 11
  • Discovery Requests in the Age of Electronic Medical Records: Ensuring Compliance with the HITECH Act and Related Laws, with Megan Kelleher, Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 12
  • The Purpose and Limitations of the Peer Review Privilege, Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 10
  • Obtained summary judgment for municipal defendant in a lawsuit alleging that officers used excessive force and failed to provide adequate medical care to an inmate. Successfully defended Plaintiff’s appeal to the Third Circuit.
  • Obtained Judgment on the Pleadings for municipal client (township) on a state created danger claim involving allegations that the township failed to properly design and maintain a drainage culvert. Plaintiff was a child who was swept up into the culvert during a storm and sustained traumatic brain injury and significant physical injuries as a result of near-drowning.
  • Defended county prison in a matter alleging failure to provide adequate supervision and medical care to an inmate who was found unresponsive in her cell. It was determined that she died of respiratory failure. The case ultimately settled.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of police officers in a lawsuit alleging excessive use of force and failure to intervene. Second chaired a three day jury trial.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal employer in a lawsuit involving ADA and FMLA claims. Plaintiff alleged that she had been improperly terminated for exercising her ADA and FMLA rights.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal defendant in matter involving allegations that police officers had their hours reduced and/or were terminated after they formed a union. Successfully defended an appeal to the third circuit.
  • Defended municipal employer in a lawsuit involving allegations that county commissioners improperly shut down a county weatherizarion department because its employees refused to falsify records and provide services to friends and family members of commissioners who did not qualify for them. Second chaired a 2 day preliminary injunction hearing. The matter ultimately settled.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a prison medical provider following a four day jury trial in a lawsuit involving allegations that the Plaintiff did not receive appropriate care and treatment of his ostomy site while incarcerated in a County prison facility.
PROFILE

Originally from Long Island, Nicole relocated to North Carolina during her teen years. She went on to attend East Carolina University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a therapist serving children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Nicole has a natural tendency toward connection and quickly realized how much she enjoyed advocating for others. These skills led her north to Pennsylvania.

In 2012, Nicole received her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law. During law school, Nicole was a Deans Merit Scholarship Recipient and a Health Law Award Recipient. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara D. Crowell and Aida Waserstein in the Delaware State Family Court. Nicole settled down in the Pennsylvania area and began her legal career as a civil defense litigator. Nicole was recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2018 – 2020.

Back in North Carolina, Nicole brings a wealth of experience in professional and municipal liability. She has represented physicians and medical facilities in medical malpractices cases and has defended municipalities in civil rights and employment matters. She enjoys speaking and writing on topics of interest for her clients and looks forward to expanding her connections across the state.

Nicole is married with two young children, Joshua and Maya. As a family, they gravitate toward outdoor activities and North Carolina provides perfect opportunities to be outdoors year-round. In her free time Nicole also love to travel. Her favorite destinations – Costa Rica, Panama and Belize – boast beautiful beaches and amazing culture. When she’s not reading case law, a good travel memoir is her go to.

Support Team

Linda Zampa, Legal Assistant

Education

B.S., 2003, East Carolina University

M.S., 2006, East Carolina University

J.D., 2012, Villanova University School of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

AREAS OF PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
SPEAKING & PUBLICATIONS

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar on Issues Related to Corrections, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, November 2016
  • Making a Difference in Charter Schools, Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools, October, 2016

Publications

  • Legal Triangle: Balancing Doctor-Patient and Attorney-Client Privilege, with Matthew Reddy, Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 11
  • Discovery Requests in the Age of Electronic Medical Records: Ensuring Compliance with the HITECH Act and Related Laws, with Megan Kelleher, Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 12
  • The Purpose and Limitations of the Peer Review Privilege, Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 10
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Obtained summary judgment for municipal defendant in a lawsuit alleging that officers used excessive force and failed to provide adequate medical care to an inmate. Successfully defended Plaintiff’s appeal to the Third Circuit.
  • Obtained Judgment on the Pleadings for municipal client (township) on a state created danger claim involving allegations that the township failed to properly design and maintain a drainage culvert. Plaintiff was a child who was swept up into the culvert during a storm and sustained traumatic brain injury and significant physical injuries as a result of near-drowning.
  • Defended county prison in a matter alleging failure to provide adequate supervision and medical care to an inmate who was found unresponsive in her cell. It was determined that she died of respiratory failure. The case ultimately settled.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of police officers in a lawsuit alleging excessive use of force and failure to intervene. Second chaired a three day jury trial.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal employer in a lawsuit involving ADA and FMLA claims. Plaintiff alleged that she had been improperly terminated for exercising her ADA and FMLA rights.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal defendant in matter involving allegations that police officers had their hours reduced and/or were terminated after they formed a union. Successfully defended an appeal to the third circuit.
  • Defended municipal employer in a lawsuit involving allegations that county commissioners improperly shut down a county weatherizarion department because its employees refused to falsify records and provide services to friends and family members of commissioners who did not qualify for them. Second chaired a 2 day preliminary injunction hearing. The matter ultimately settled.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a prison medical provider following a four day jury trial in a lawsuit involving allegations that the Plaintiff did not receive appropriate care and treatment of his ostomy site while incarcerated in a County prison facility.