- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2011
- B.A., Wake Forest University, 2007
Nicole Laggner began her legal career by clerking in the Fourth Circuit for the Honorable Samuel L. Wilson, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia. After completion of her clerkship, Nicole went on to practice at worldwide law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where she handled all types of complex business litigation, representing clients such as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Hanes Brands, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, and the class of plaintiff beneficiaries of Individual Indian Money trust accounts, known as Elouise Pepion Cobell, et al.
Upon moving to Northern California in 2012, Nicole began practicing cannabis business law, representing dispensaries, cultivators, distributors, and manufacturers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Nicole has extensive experience with all aspects of cannabis business formation, including license applications, zoning and land use issues, lobbying with local government, real estate and leasing matters, and corporate formation. Additionally, she has successfully settled a license denial dispute, several breach of contract disputes, and employment discrimination suits in the cannabis field. Nicole advises cannabis businesses on all aspects of regulatory compliance, including internal operations, packaging and labeling requirements, workplace protocols, and vendor contracts.
Nicole graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she served as Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and was selected to serve on the Holderness Moot Court Bench, Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish Literature with a minor in Sociology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is active in local and statewide industry groups, including Green Trade Santa Cruz, the National Cannabis Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County.