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Nicole M. Paterson

Senior Attorney

Grand Rapids

200 Ottawa NW
Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Fax: 616.608.1195
J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
B.S., Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, Distinguished Honors
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U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan

Nicole M. Paterson

Senior Attorney

Nicole M. Paterson is a Senior Attorney with the Labor & Employment and Education & Municipal Practice Groups and an ATIXA certified Title IX investigator. Nicole represents a diverse group of clients operating in both a union and non-union environment, including school districts, long-term care facilities, hospitals, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and corporations. 

Prior to practicing law, Nicole worked for more than six years in Human Resources. Her experience and perspective gained while working in Human Resources gives Nicole an insider’s knowledge of the day-to-day issues that employers and school districts face. Nicole is an effective and trusted counselor to employers on their day-to-day employment and labor issues, including FMLA, ADA, Title VII, employee disciplines and termination, grievances, wage/hour laws, unemployment insurance, and investigations. Nicole has significant experience drafting employment policies and employee handbooks to help employers maintain lawful policies and practices that meet their unique needs. Nicole has successfully defended employers before the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, and state and federal courts. Nicole also represents employers in discharge and contract interpretation arbitrations.

In addition to her advisory services, Nicole provides employer/employee training to guide employers on complex areas of the law, including FMLA, ADA, FLSA, hiring, disciplining, terminations, discrimination, workplace harassment, and investigations. Nicole is a frequent speaker on employment and labor topics such as FMLA, ADA, FLSA, discrimination, workplace harassment, investigations, social media, privacy rights, and unemployment insurance.

Nicole currently serves as the Co-Chair of Clark Hill BOLD - Grand Rapids, the firm's strategy to promote women within the firm, the legal profession, and the business community.


Nicole Paterson was successful in winning a grievance arbitration brought by the SEIU Healthcare Michigan against our client, a County Medical Care Facility. 

Clark Hill Announces Attorneys Elected to Membership, Promotions to Senior AttorneyClark Hill Attorneys Nicole M. Paterson, Barbara A. Ruga and Joseph B. Urban to Present During MASPA’s 45th Annual Winter ConferenceClark Hill Attorneys Eric C. Galbally, Marshall W. Grate and Nicole M. Paterson Author "Title IX Q&A: How to Protect your Educational Institution from Litigation"Clark Hill Attorneys to Present at the 2017 MCMCFC Spring Management ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Nicole M. Paterson to Present at Mid-Michigan Human Resources Association-Valley Society for Human Resource Management Educational Chapter Program in Mt. Pleasant, MI on May 1, 2017Clark Hill PLC to Host Labor & Employment Law Conference in Grand Rapids, MichiganClark Hill Attorneys to Present During the 2016 MCMCFC Spring Management Conference & Trade ShowClark Hill Attorney Nicole M. Paterson to Present "Employment Law Update" to the Mid Michigan Human Resource AssociationClark Hill Attorney Nicole M. Paterson to Present at the 2015 MI-NADONA/LTC Annual Convocation & ExpoClark Hill Attorneys Peter J. Domas, Steven K. Girard, and Nicole M. Paterson to Present During the 2015 MCMCFC Annual Spring Management Conference Tuesday, June 2Clark Hill Attorney Nicole M. Paterson to Present at the Health Care Association of Michigan U.P. Education Conference on May 7, 2015Clark Hill Attorneys James R. Stadler and Nicole M. Paterson to Present an Employment Law Update to the Mid Michigan Human Resource Association (MMHRA) on April 21, 2015