Nicole S. Giffin Associate

Nicole focuses on representing companies and individuals in government investigations, enforcement actions, and internal investigations. She also offers creative advice on regulatory and compliance matters relating to consumer finance, bankruptcy, and licensing requirements and risks.

As a member of the nationally recognized Government Investigation and White Collar Litigation department, Nicole counsels clients on how to respond to government inquiries and requests for information.

She has a keen ability to spot issues or concerns that a company needs to address, identify the root causes of those issues, and advise on how to address the causes and limit associated risks.  Clients appreciate her ability to help them develop and implement remediation plans, then practically implement necessary changes to avoid similar issues in the future.

Nicole regularly represents financial institutions and fintech companies in government investigations, enforcement actions, and internal investigations.  Nicole also has experience advising financial institutions on bankruptcy matters. She counsels clients on bankruptcy requirements, practices, and policies and procedures; and defends them in bankruptcy contested matters, adversary proceedings, and government inquiries regarding bankruptcy practices.

In addition, Nicole works closely with the firm’s immigration lawyers to represent clients facing government inquiries, enforcement actions, or criminal investigations and charges for immigration related practices.  

Nicole started her legal career clerking for the Honorable James R. Sacca, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, in one of the busiest bankruptcy courts in the country.  She graduated first in her class from The University of Mississippi School of Law where she received the Outstanding Graduate Award and served as an Executive Articles Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal.


Advised international company on an internal review of its compliance office, including ways to improve structure, policies, procedures, and training to align with Department of Justice’s guidance on maintaining effective compliance program.

Represented major financial institution in an investigation of senior management sales practices related concerns and respond to government inquiries regarding investigation.

Assisted client in responding to the Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights Section’s investigation into company’s Form I-9 and E-Verify practices, which resulted in declination letter.

Represented companies and individuals facing federal criminal investigations and charges regarding white collar matters.

Represented of company facing federal investigation related to Form I-9 practices.

Advised financial institution on state licensing requirements and other state mortgage lending and servicing obligations.  

Advised financial services company on state licensing obligations for commercial lender.

Assisted financial services client in responding to the United States Trustee Program inquiries regarding client’s nationwide bankruptcy related practices.

Reviewed financial services company’s mortgage and foreclosure document execution practices and advised client in complying with notary laws and regulations and best practices.

  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law Robert C. Khayat Law Center, JD, summa cum laude, Executive Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal, 2014
  • Florida State University, BS, Criminology, summa cum laude, 2011

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Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Criminal Defense: White Collar, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2019, 2021

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