Nikki defends employers of all sizes in high-stakes employment litigation and labor matters and counsels clients on employment best practices. She has provided representation in complex cases involving claims of wage and hour violations, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, breach of employment agreements, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, and violations of California employment and labor laws, including the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Additionally, Nikki counsels businesses and institutions on voluntary affirmative action efforts and diversity programs, and has worked alongside federal contractors to guide them through their affirmative action responsibilities and requirements.
Prior to joining Mintz, Nikki was an associate with a full-service law firm in San Diego, where she represented clients in individual and class action lawsuits at the federal, state, and administrative levels. Nikki also counseled clients on day-to-day human resources matters and drafted employment-related documents, including employee handbooks, transportation liability waivers, executive severance agreements involving exercise of stock options, and arbitration agreements.
Earlier Nikki was an associate in the St. Louis office of a global employment and labor law practice, and practiced in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of another large law firm, where she handled both commercial and employment litigation matters and maintained an active pro bono practice. After earning her JD, Nikki was an Environmental Attorney Fellow at the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago.
In law school, Nikki was staff editor of the Washington University Law Review. She also spent a semester as an exchange student at Hong Kong University, and served as a judicial internal to the Honorable Mary Ann Medler, then a federal magistrate judge on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
She has authored several articles on employment and labor law topics for national publications, including Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin.
September 18, 2023 | Blog | By Nicole Rivers, Jennifer Rubin
California’s Highest Court Revisits Statutory PAGA Standing: What the Ruling Means for California Employers
July 25, 2023 | Blog | By Jennifer Rubin, Paul Huston, Nicole Rivers, Mike Flesuras
Webinar Recording: Boilerplate Contract Clauses Through the Litigator’s Lens: Starting the New Year off Right
January 30, 2023 | Webinar | By Andrew D. Skale, Daniel Pascucci, Nicole Rivers
January 13, 2022 | Blog | By Nicole Rivers, Paul Huston, Jennifer Rubin
January 12, 2022 | Blog | By Michael Arnold, Jennifer Rubin, David Barmak, Corbin Carter, Evan Piercey, Danielle Bereznay, Danielle Dillon, Nicole Rivers, Paul Huston, Emma Follansbee
January 6, 2022 | Blog | By Nicole Rivers, Michael Arnold, Jennifer Rubin
The Shrinking Scope of Confidentiality: California Extends Confidentiality Ban to All FEHA Protected Classes
December 15, 2021 | Blog | By Nicole Rivers, Jennifer Rubin, Mike Flesuras
December 14, 2021 | Blog | By Nicole Rivers, Micha Mitch Danzig, Jennifer Rubin
September 14, 2021 | Blog | By David Barmak, Natalie C. Groot, Andrew Matzkin, Nicole Rivers
March 12, 2021 | Webinar | By Michael Arnold, David Barmak, Micha Mitch Danzig, Geri Haight, Andrew Matzkin, David Lagasse, Jennifer Rubin, Alexander Hecht, Danielle Bereznay, Delaney Busch, Corbin Carter, Emma Follansbee, Natalie C. Groot, Paul Huston, Brendan Lowd, Nicole Rivers, Richard Block
News & Press
Nikki Rivers Selected As A Finalist In San Diego Business Journal’s 40 Next Top Business Leaders Under 40
August 10, 2023
January 24, 2023
January 17, 2023
November 14, 2022
November 04, 2022
Events & Speaking
Mintz San Diego Office
Arbitration: A True Alternative for Dispute Resolution? Practical Guidance for Real Estate Practitioners
American Bar Association
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
ACC San Diego
Lotte New York Palace
Mintz, 3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92130
Recognition & Awards
- Featured in Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, Employment Law, Employment Litigation (2024)
- Recipient, Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion Award (2022), California Law Awards
- San Diego Business Journal “40 Under 40 Next Top Business Leaders - Winner (2022)
- San Diego Super Lawyers: Rising Stars - Business Litigation (2022 – 2023)
- Super Lawyers: Included on the list of Illinois Rising Stars (2014 – 2017)
- Member, National Employment Law Council