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Nicole M. Paterson

Senior Attorney

Grand Rapids

200 Ottawa NW
Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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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 Clark Hill's Labor & Employment and Education and Municipal practice groups. Nicole represents a diverse group of clients operating in both union and non-union environments, including long-term care facilities, hospitals, non-profit organizations, corporations, municipalities, and school districts. She represents employers in all aspects of employment law. 

Prior to practicing law, Nicole worked for more than six years in the Human Resources field. Her experience and perspective gained while working in Human Resources gives Nicole an insider’s knowledge of the day-to-day issues that employers face. Nicole is an effective and trusted counselor to employers on their day-to-day employment and labor issues, including FMLA, ADA, Title VII, Title IX, employee disciplines and termination, grievances, wage and hour laws, employment agreements, and investigations. Nicole has significant experience drafting single and multi-state employment policies and 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, Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor. She has defended employers in federal and state courts in matters involving employment discrimination, harassment, and whistleblower claims. Nicole also represents employers in discharge and contract interpretation arbitrations.

In addition to her advisory services, Nicole provides employer/employee training and is a frequent speaker on employment and labor topics. 

Nicole currently serves as the Co-Chair of Clark Hill BOLD - Grand Rapids, Clark Hill’s strategy to promote women within the firm, the legal profession, and the business community. She also serves as the legal liaison to the West Michigan Best and Brightest Peer Group. 


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 Attorneys Stephen R. Gee, Steven K. Girard, and Nicole M. Paterson to Present During the 2019 MCMCFC Spring Management ConferenceClark 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