Nicole Nelson
Partner

208 SW 1st Avenue Suite 360
Portland, OR 97204

Phone: (503) 224-8600
Fax: (503) 224-0854

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Nicole is a partner with Nelson|Smith, LLP in Portland, Oregon and Honolulu, Hawai’i. Nicole represents individuals and employers in all areas of immigration law, including family and business-based immigration and federal court litigation. Nicole’s practice also includes asylum, U visas (victims of crimes), citizenship and deportation defense. She also advises criminal defense attorneys about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Nicole is fluent in Spanish. Nicole has been invited to speak at regional and national immigration conferences. She is currently serving as chair-elect of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a mentor for AILA National on Temporary Protected Status and Expedited Removal issues. In her time off, Nicole enjoys traveling.

Experience

Nelson|Smith, LLP, Offices in Portland, Oregon and Honolulu, Hawai’i Partner, September 2006 – Present

Hecht & Smith, LLP, Portland, Oregon
Partner, January 2002 – August 2006
Attorney, April 2001 – December 2001

Immigration Counseling Service, Portland, Oregon
Attorney, January 1998 – March 2001
Volunteer, 1997

Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, Siletz, Oregon
Intern, 1997

Columbia Legal Services, Everett, Washington
Summer Fellow, 1996


Education

Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1997

Institute of International and Comparative Law, Geneva, Switzerland and Strasbourg, France, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1995

International Institute of Human Rights (Institut International des Droits de L’Homme) Strasbourg, France, 1995

Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
Bachelor of Business Administration, 1992

Gonzaga-In-Florence
Florence Italy, 1990-1991


Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the State of Oregon

United States District Court for the District of Oregon

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Professional Activities

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member Since 1999
Mentor on Temporary Protected Status and Expedited Removal Issues

Chair-Elect, Oregon Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association, July 2013 - Present

Secretary, Oregon Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association, July 2012 - July 2013

Treasurer, Oregon Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association, July 2010 - July 2012

Board of Directors, Immigration Counseling Service, Portland, Oregon, 2005 - Present

Legal Committee, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, Portland, Oregon, 2004 - Present

Planning Committee, AILA NW Regional Conference
Portland, Oregon, March 10-11, 2011

Faculty Presenter, Trial Skills in District Court Panel, AILA NW Regional Conference Seattle, Washington, February 13, 2009

Faculty Presenter, Asylum One Year Bar Panel, AILA National Conference Orlando, Florida, June 15, 2007

Faculty Presenter, Asylum Panel, AILA NW Regional Conference Seattle, Washington, March 9, 2006

Faculty Presenter, Cancellation of Removal Panel, AILA NW Regional Conference Seattle, Washington, March 3, 2005

Speaker, The Price of Freedom: Who Pays? Willamette University College of Law Salem, Oregon, February 22, 2003


Publications

Chapter Updates for Aliens with Extraordinary Ability O and P Nonimmigrants and Adjustment of Status, Immigration Law and Procedure: Desk Edition, LexisNexis


Recognition

2013 Oregon Super Lawyer, Immigration, Oregon Super Lawyers

2012 Oregon Super Lawyer, Immigration, Oregon Super Lawyers

2011 Oregon Super Lawyer, Immigration, Oregon Super Lawyers

2010 Oregon Rising Star, Immigration, Oregon Super Lawyers

2008 Oregon Rising Star, Immigration, Oregon Super Lawyers

2005 Wise Sage Award, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services


Significant Cases

McLeod v Mukasey, No. 07-70694 (9th Cir., July 10, 2008) (a conviction vacated as a result of a defect in the underlying proceedings should no longer be considered a conviction for immigration purposes)

Rivas-Gomez v. Gonzales, No. 03-72087 (9th Cir., Mar. 22, 2007) (the court found that the IJ erred when he applied the "extreme hardship" standard in adjudicating a waiver of inadmissibility without first making a determination based on the facts underlying the asylee's conviction that the asylee's crime was violent or dangerous)

Lazli v. USCIS, Case No. 05-CV-1680-BR (D. Or., Feb. 12, 2007) (mandamus granted by Court, holding that USCIS had a duty to adjudicate both I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence and N-400 Application for Naturalization within a reasonable time and failed to do so)





All of the attorneys at Nelson & SMITH, LLP are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the preeminent immigration lawyers association in the U.S.  All are licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Oregon and have experience representing clients before the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Our attorneys are also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Oregon and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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