720.699.2324

     nicole@cohenblacklaw.com

      Fluent in Spanish, French

     Download VCARD

Admissions:

  • Colorado State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals

NICOLE MARIE BLACK

Nicole Marie Black is a member at Cohen|Black Law who has been named by Super Lawyers Magazine® to Colorado Rising Stars® in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Prior to opening Cohen|Black Law, Nicole was a partner at Lewis Brisbois in the professional liability and commercial litigation practice groups.

Nicole understands that when a claim is made against a licensed professional, their reputation and livelihood are at stake. Whether the client wants to pursue prelitigation negotiation of the claim or vigorously defend against the allegations in court, Nicole actively manages the matter with the client’s objective in mind. She represents attorneys, accountants, healthcare professionals, architects, engineers, and insurance and real estate brokers in professional malpractice and business tort litigation, as well as in regulatory inquiries related to their licensure. Nicole also represents directors and officers in litigation related to their professional responsibilities.

In her commercial and real estate litigation practice, Nicole’s focus is on providing business professionals with the advice they need in order to address their risks efficiently and effectively – from pre-litigation, through litigation, and on appeal. She represents private corporations in contractual disputes, business breakup, regulatory investigations and business tort litigation. Nicole represents her construction and commercial landlord clients in payment disputes – including mechanics liens, bonding, foreclosures and eviction litigation. She also represents public and private entities in land use and boundary disputes, including takings claims.

Nicole represents insurance companies on claims of coverage related to commercial general liability, director officer and professional liability policies. She is engaged as coverage counsel to write an opinion, litigate whether coverage of a claim is required, represent the carrier against allegations of bad faith, and act as monitoring counsel.

Valuing a global perspective of what it means to be a legal professional, Nicole mentors, teaches and guest presents in service to the community. Nicole is dedicated to improving the legal profession through her leadership on a variety of boards and committees. She is an active leader in the Colorado Bar and Denver Bar Associations, and is a proud graduate of COBALT, the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program. Outside of the office, Nicole enjoys running and hiking with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, yoga, fly fishing, skiing and cooking for family and friends.

     720.699.2324

     nicole@cohenblacklaw.com

      Fluent in Spanish, French

     Download VCARD

Admissions:

  • Colorado State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • Represented attorney in a case involving claims of civil conspiracy, fraudulent concealment, fraudulent inducement, elder abuse and extreme and outrageous conduct; prevailed on motion to dismiss all claims with prejudice, including obtaining attorney’s fees. Defended the order on appeal, resulting in published Court of Appeals opinion affirming trial court.
  • Represented commercial business receiver in appellate litigation from a receivership action where receiver used equitable powers to liquidate the assets of the business and pay unsecured creditors before the secured creditor because of secured creditor’s actions to undermine preservation of the assets of the business; trial court order affirmed by the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Represented law firm and attorneys in a case involving claim of malicious prosecution; prevailed on motion to dismiss all claims with prejudice.
  • Represented contractor in a case involving failure to deliver commercial goods; prevailed on motion to dismiss all claims for lack of personal and subject matter jurisdiction.
  • Represented excess insurance carriers in insurance coverage litigation involving third-party claims by primary carrier of bad faith related to settlement of the underlying claims; successfully obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
  • Represented property manager and property owner of a large residential apartment community on claims involving professional negligence and premises liability; successfully defeated class certification.
  • Successfully defended seller of business in a commercial arbitration involving allegations by buyer of fraudulent transfer and various business torts.
  • Represented captive insurance agency in bad faith litigation alleging failure to obtain appropriate insurance coverage for an insured; successfully obtained motion to dismiss all claims, with prejudice for failure to state a claim.

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee (2020-Present)
  • Colorado Rising Stars®, Super Lawyers Magazine® (2018-2020)
  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation (2014-Present)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2018-Present)
  • Commissioner, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Development of the Profession (2015–2019)
  • Member, Colorado Lawyers Committee Chair’s Roundtable (2017-Present)
  • COBALT: Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (Class of 2014)
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma Society
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Business Law Section Executive Council (Chair, 2019-2020) (Officer, 2016-Present)
    • Implementation Subcommittee of the Diversity & Inclusivity Taskforce (Member, 2019-Present)
    • Sections Best Practices Committee (Chair, 2017-2018)
    • Joint Management Committee (Member, 2016-2019)
    • Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee (Member, Nov. 2014-June 2016)
    • Young Lawyers Division Executive Council (Chair, 2016-2017) (Board Member, 2012-2017)
  • Denver Bar Association
    • Mentoring Planning Committee (Chair, 2014-2018)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (Mentee, 2012-2015), (Mentor, 2016-Present)
  • Sturm College of Law Alumni Council (Councilmember, 2013–2014, 2016–Present)
  • Lees v. James, 2018COA173 (Dec. 13, 2013), cert. denied, 19SC48 (Nov. 12, 2019)

LECTURES

  • Sexual Harassment Crosses the Ethical Line and is Not Tolerated in the Legal Profession, Colorado Bar Association CLE, Litigation Summit (September 25, 2020)
  • Key Ethics Concerns for the Business Attorney, Co-Presenter, WealthCounsel (August 13, 2020)
  • Tips for Finding a Job During an Economic Downturn, Panelist, Sturm College of Law Career Development Office (June 8, 2020)
  • Ethics and Business Lawyers, Business Law Institute for Colorado Bar Association CLE (Sept. 12, 2019)
  • Persuasive and Effective Trial Skills 2.0, Solo/Small Firm Conference for Colorado Bar Association CLE (June 12, 2019)
  • Litigation Nuts & Bolts: Discovery, Colorado Bar Association CLE (May, 24, 2019)
  • Top 10 Pitfalls Lawyers Fall into and How to Avoid Them, Presenter, Colorado Bar Association CLE (Dec. 18, 2018)
  • Persuasive and Effective Trial Skills, Colorado Bar Association CLE (Nov. 29, 2017)
  • Women Mentoring Women CLE, Moderator, Denver Law Alumnae (Feb. 10, 2017)
  • Balancing Your Profession, Panelist, DU Women’s Professional Alliance (Jan. 10, 2017)
  • Orientation Boot CAMP, Panelist, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) of the Colorado Supreme Court (Denver, Colorado, Jan. 23, 2014; Jan. 29, 2015) (Pueblo, Colorado, Apr. 8, 2014)

PRINT

  • Succession Planning with the Next Generation of Lawyers, The Docket (Oct. 11, 2018)
  • The Creative Lawyer, Book Review, The Colorado Lawyer (Feb. 2015)
  • United States v. Nacchio and the Implications of an Emerging Circuit Split: Practical and Policy Considerations of Amending Gain as a Measure of Culpability, 87 Denv. U. L. Rev. 633 (2010) ~ selected for reprint with First Annual White-Collar Crime Institute, New York City Bar Assoc. ~ (May 4, 2012)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Juris DoctorSymposium Editor, Denver University Law Review

University of Denver

B.B.A. in International Business, magna cum laude, beta gamma sigma highest honors
B.A. in French, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, high honors; minor in Spanish

RESULTS

  • Represented attorney in a case involving claims of civil conspiracy, fraudulent concealment, fraudulent inducement, elder abuse and extreme and outrageous conduct; prevailed on motion to dismiss all claims with prejudice, including obtaining attorney’s fees. Defended the order on appeal, resulting in published Court of Appeals opinion affirming trial court.
  • Represented commercial business receiver in appellate litigation from a receivership action where receiver used equitable powers to liquidate the assets of the business and pay unsecured creditors before the secured creditor because of secured creditor’s actions to undermine preservation of the assets of the business; trial court order affirmed by the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Represented law firm and attorneys in a case involving claim of malicious prosecution; prevailed on motion to dismiss all claims with prejudice.
  • Represented contractor in a case involving failure to deliver commercial goods; prevailed on motion to dismiss all claims for lack of personal and subject matter jurisdiction.
  • Represented excess insurance carriers in insurance coverage litigation involving third-party claims by primary carrier of bad faith related to settlement of the underlying claims; successfully obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
  • Represented property manager and property owner of a large residential apartment community on claims involving professional negligence and premises liability; successfully defeated class certification.
  • Successfully defended seller of business in a commercial arbitration involving allegations by buyer of fraudulent transfer and various business torts.
  • Represented captive insurance agency in bad faith litigation alleging failure to obtain appropriate insurance coverage for an insured; successfully obtained motion to dismiss all claims, with prejudice for failure to state a claim.

HONORS

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee (2020-Present)
  • Colorado Rising Stars®, Super Lawyers Magazine® (2018-2020)
  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation (2014-Present)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2018-Present)
  • Commissioner, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Development of the Profession (2015–2019)
  • Member, Colorado Lawyers Committee Chair’s Roundtable (2017-Present)
  • COBALT: Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (Class of 2014)
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma Society

Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Business Law Section Executive Council (Chair, 2019-2020) (Officer, 2016-Present)
    • Implementation Subcommittee of the Diversity & Inclusivity Taskforce (Member, 2019-Present)
    • Sections Best Practices Committee (Chair, 2017-2018)
    • Joint Management Committee (Member, 2016-2019)
    • Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee (Member, Nov. 2014-June 2016)
    • Young Lawyers Division Executive Council (Chair, 2016-2017) (Board Member, 2012-2017)
  • Denver Bar Association
    • Mentoring Planning Committee (Chair, 2014-2018)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (Mentee, 2012-2015), (Mentor, 2016-Present)
  • Sturm College of Law Alumni Council (Councilmember, 2013–2014, 2016–Present)

Published Opinions

  • Lees v. James, 2018COA173 (Dec. 13, 2013), cert. denied, 19SC48 (Nov. 12, 2019)

Lectures & Print

LECTURES

  • Sexual Harassment Crosses the Ethical Line and is Not Tolerated in the Legal Profession, Colorado Bar Association CLE, Litigation Summit (September 25, 2020)
  • Key Ethics Concerns for the Business Attorney, Co-Presenter, WealthCounsel (August 13, 2020)
  • Tips for Finding a Job During an Economic Downturn, Panelist, Sturm College of Law Career Development Office (June 8, 2020)
  • Ethics and Business Lawyers, Business Law Institute for Colorado Bar Association CLE (Sept. 12, 2019)
  • Persuasive and Effective Trial Skills 2.0, Solo/Small Firm Conference for Colorado Bar Association CLE (June 12, 2019)
  • Litigation Nuts & Bolts: Discovery, Colorado Bar Association CLE (May, 24, 2019)
  • Top 10 Pitfalls Lawyers Fall into and How to Avoid Them, Presenter, Colorado Bar Association CLE (Dec. 18, 2018)
  • Persuasive and Effective Trial Skills, Colorado Bar Association CLE (Nov. 29, 2017)
  • Women Mentoring Women CLE, Moderator, Denver Law Alumnae (Feb. 10, 2017)
  • Balancing Your Profession, Panelist, DU Women’s Professional Alliance (Jan. 10, 2017)
  • Orientation Boot CAMP, Panelist, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) of the Colorado Supreme Court (Denver, Colorado, Jan. 23, 2014; Jan. 29, 2015) (Pueblo, Colorado, Apr. 8, 2014)

PRINT

  • Succession Planning with the Next Generation of Lawyers, The Docket (Oct. 11, 2018)
  • The Creative Lawyer, Book Review, The Colorado Lawyer (Feb. 2015)
  • United States v. Nacchio and the Implications of an Emerging Circuit Split: Practical and Policy Considerations of Amending Gain as a Measure of Culpability, 87 Denv. U. L. Rev. 633 (2010) ~ selected for reprint with First Annual White-Collar Crime Institute, New York City Bar Assoc. ~ (May 4, 2012)

Education

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Juris DoctorSymposium Editor, Denver University Law Review

University of Denver

B.B.A. in International Business, magna cum laude, beta gamma sigma highest honors
B.A. in French, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, high honors; minor in Spanish

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Juris DoctorSymposium Editor, Denver University Law Review

University of Denver

B.B.A. in International Business, magna cum laude, beta gamma sigma highest honors
B.A. in French, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, high honors; minor in Spanish