Nicole Haynes, Esq.
In March 2019, Nicole Haynes professionally reconnected with Van Kampen Law, PC, the mentor firm she clerked with from 2013-2014, as the newest member of their legal team. Nicole is one of only 2.5% of attorneys in North Carolina to be selected to the SuperLawyers Rising Stars list, an honor she received in both 2018 and 2019.
Prior to joining Van Kampen Law as a senior associate, Nicole practiced with the Charlotte office of Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP, a premier management-side labor and employment law boutique firm based in Los Angeles, California. During her four years as a management-side attorney, Nicole represented clients nation-wide before the National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also provided daily advice to human resource departments regarding legal compliance—specifically, compliance with discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and traditional labor laws—and worked tirelessly to ensure employers lawfully managed their workforces. Nicole is also credentialed as having experience with family law litigation. Her exposure to both plaintiff and defense representation allows Nicole to use a holistic approach to bridge the communication gap between businesses and individuals.
Nicole’s passion for labor and employment law dates back to her law school career where she was mentored and inspired by her labor and employment law and appellate advocacy professors. While in law school, she completed the Employment Law Certificate program and participated as an executive member of the Moot Court Honor Board in addition to acting as a senior articles’ editor of the Charlotte Law Review. Nicole also received an outstanding legal writing award from the National Order of Scribes and was a quarter-finalist at the Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.
The same advocacy spark she experienced in law school, which was reinforced by her clerkship at Van Kampen Law and her subsequent management-side experience, inevitably led her back to plaintiff-side representation.
Nicole was born and raised in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her small town Rocky Mountain upbringing instilled in her the values of hard work, cooperation, and pride in her community which she has carried through to her service as the director of outreach at Ascension Lutheran Church and as a volunteer for Lucky Pup Rescue. Nicole moved to North Carolina in 2010 and has called Charlotte home since 2011. She, her husband, and their three dogs enjoy camping, softball, and DIY projects. When Nicole is not enjoying her favorite past-time as an avid reader, she enjoys moonlighting as a party planner.
Memberships and Leadership Positions
North Carolina State Bar, 2014
Western District of North Carolina, 2019
North Carolina Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section
Mecklenburg County Bar – Labor and Employment Law Section
Scholarly Lectures and Writings
“What Every Non-Labor Lawyer Should Know About Labor Law,” Mecklenburg County Bar Labor and Employment Law Program, February 2018
“Employment Law Update,” NBI Human Resource Law From A to Z Seminar, November 2018
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2018-2019
University of Wyoming, B.A. Psychology 2010
Charlotte School of Law, J.D. 2014 magna cum laude