Nicole is a lawyer with Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey, practicing exclusively in the area of criminal defence. Prior to joining the firm, Nicole clerked at the Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench, and completed her articles under Alexander Pringle, Q.C..
Nicole has conducted trials, appeals, bail hearings and guilty pleas, representing adults and youths charged with a wide range of criminal, regulatory and traffic offences, including:
- Violent Offences
- Drug Offences
- Sexual Offences
- Weapons Offences
- Driving Offences
- Property Offences
- Breach Charges
Nicole often appears in the Court of Queen’s Bench for clients charged with more serious offences, including sexual assault, trafficking and murder. Nicole also has experience in dealing with Professional Disciplinary Hearings and Administrative Tribunals, such as appeals to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.
Nicole obtained her law degree from the University of Alberta, graduating with distinction. Throughout law school Nicole was on the Dean’s List and was awarded The President’s Scholarship in Law, The Criminal Trial Lawyers Association Prize in Evidence, and The Chief Judge Buchanan Memorial Scholarship in Litigation. During law school Nicole served as Criminal Law Project Coordinator for Student Legal Services, an organization that provides legal assistance to low income individuals in the Edmonton Area.
Before law school, Nicole graduated with an Honours degree from Queen’s University, majoring in Political Science, with a minor in French Language. Volunteering with the Prison Literacy program at Queen’s, she helped inmates obtain their high school diplomas through tutoring in Math and English.
During her spare time, Nicole teaches Evidence at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, and is President of the Lawyers and Judges Curling League. Nicole also sits on the Gladue Committee, a panel dedicated to assisting First Nations accused in the sentencing process. Nicole helped to develop and co-teach the first university Gladue course offered in Canada.
Nicole believes in straightforward legal advice to help you manage the risk of any criminal matters you may be dealing with, and is happy to provide a free initial consultation. Nicole is fluent in English and French and will communicate in whatever language you feel most comfortable.