Nicole (Nikki) Rivers aggressively defends employers of all sizes in high-stakes employment litigation and labor matters, focusing on:

  • Wage and hour claims
  • Discrimination claims
  • FMLA and disability claims
  • Harassment claims
  • Retaliation claims

Nikki routinely represents clients in individual and class action lawsuits at the federal, state, and administrative levels.  She actively manages and handles all aspects of her cases, from inception to resolution, and works closely with her clients to achieve a favorable result.  Moreover, Nikki has helped clients successfully resolve disputes without expending large legal fees through client counseling before formal litigation, obtaining releases from putative class members, and through early mediation, often before an initial conference or the hearing on class certification.

Before joining Higgs, Nikki represented clients in labor and employment, complex commercial litigation, antitrust, product liability, real estate, and municipal code enforcement matters in Illinois and Missouri.  She also served as an environmental law fellow with the Environmental Law and Policy Center and interned with the Hon. Mary Ann Medler, who formerly served as a Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

While in law school, Nikki served as a staff editor on the Washington University Law Review.

Publications and Press:

  • A Post-Chindarah Guide to Valid Employee Releases, Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin, July 2018.
  • N.L.R.B. v. Alternative Entertainment, Inc.: The Bizarre Alchemy Created by Class Action Arbitration Agreements and Circuit Splits, Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin (reprinted in Bender’s California Labor and Employment Bulletin), August 2017.
  • Piecing Together the Legacy of California’s Piece-Rate Pay: A Closer Look at the Effects of Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, Bender’s California Labor and Employment Bulletin, July 2017.
  • Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive: The California Supreme Court Decides Who DecidesBender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin, October 2016.
  • The Limits of Chavez’s Bolivian Socialism: A Case Study of the Venezuelan Cacao Industry, 39 Syracuse J. Int’l L. & Com. 1, 2011.


  • Named Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-2017);
  • Recipient, Scholar in Law Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis;
  • Dean’s List, Washington University in St. Louis and Eckerd College;
  • Recipient, Dean’s Scholarship, Eckerd College;
  • Eckerd College Honors Program, Eckerd College;.