Ms. Kate NicholsonNicholson Herrick LLP, Cambridge, MA
KATE started her own firm because she did not want to sacrifice the work/life balance that a smaller firm practice allows. She represents not only debtors but also trustees, secured lenders, unsecured creditors and even a creditors’ committee. Her clients include individual and business chapter 7, 11 and 13 debtors, a chapter 7 trustee, a local secured lender and various unsecured creditors, including an official committee of unsecured creditors.
Kate has taught foreign LL.M. students the fundamentals of American legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law and has presented at the Federal Judicial Center’s National Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges. She has also published articles in the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law and served as co-editor of its consumer law section. In addition, she serves on the Chapter 7 Committee of ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, and she co-chairs several committees of the Boston Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section and is a member of the steering committee. She also advised New York and Massachusetts coalition groups working to pass anti-torture legislation as a consultant with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
Kate has gravitated toward leadership positions all her life. Prior to law school, she managed a 35-bed emergency domestic violence shelter. To keep a shelter staffed around the clock, ensuring that therapeutic and educational programming, meal times and bedtimes all ran smoothly, required strong leadership that empowered staff to take ownership of their jobs, excel at them independently, and know how to get help when needed.
A true test of Kate’s abilities is that she has no shortage of clients and work. Many solo and small firm attorneys, particularly those practicing in consumer bankruptcy, have struggled to find work in recent years due to low filings. Not so with Kate.