Nicole E. De Leon

Attorney

Nicole’s practice focuses on land use and litigation matters. 

Her land use work is centered on guiding real estate project development throughout its various stages. Nicole’s work includes review and interpretation of local codes and State statutes to ensure project compliance, assistance with environmental review documents, and other matters necessary to obtain project entitlements. She also assists in administrative and judicial litigation to resolve disputed land use decisions.

In her commercial litigation practice, Nicole has experience in all phases of the litigation process, including research, discovery, drafting pleadings, trial, settlement, and appeals. In addition to land use disputes, her litigation practice focuses primarily on real estate, complex contract, and commercial disputes. 

Nicole joined Cairncross & Hempelmann as an associate after working as one of the firm’s 2013 summer associates. She earned her J.D. in 2014 from Seattle University School of Law, graduating cum laude after earning the Dean’s Scholarship and the King County Bar Association’s Diversity Fellowship. Nicole served as a Law Clerk in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office while attending law school.

Introduction

Nicole’s practice focuses on land use and litigation matters. 

Her land use work is centered on guiding real estate project development throughout its various stages. Nicole’s work includes review and interpretation of local codes and State statutes to ensure project compliance, assistance with environmental review documents, and other matters necessary to obtain project entitlements. She also assists in administrative and judicial litigation to resolve disputed land use decisions.

In her commercial litigation practice, Nicole has experience in all phases of the litigation process, including research, discovery, drafting pleadings, trial, settlement, and appeals. In addition to land use disputes, her litigation practice focuses primarily on real estate, complex contract, and commercial disputes. 

Nicole joined Cairncross & Hempelmann as an associate after working as one of the firm’s 2013 summer associates. She earned her J.D. in 2014 from Seattle University School of Law, graduating cum laude after earning the Dean’s Scholarship and the King County Bar Association’s Diversity Fellowship. Nicole served as a Law Clerk in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office while attending law school.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., with honors, 2007)
  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2014)

Admissions

  • Washington

Awards/Honors and Organizational Memberships

  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member
  • Commercial Real Estate Women Northwest, Member
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member