Nicole “Nikki” Nate is a member of Bryant Miller Olive’s State & Local Government and Litigation practice groups, where her primary practice includes representing city, county, and state governmental entities in all manner of legal matters, including corporate governance, public finance, and complex litigation. Ms. Nate is board certified by The Florida Bar in City, County & Local Government Law and serves as Special Counsel to local governments throughout the state. She also regularly represents private entities in commercial and construction disputes.
Prior to joining BMO, Ms. Nate was an associate with Zimmet, Unice & Salzman, P.A., where she focused her practice on all matters of local government representation, including commercial and governmental transactions, and litigation. In the tradition of many of the firm’s attorneys, Ms. Nate worked as a law clerk with BMO while attending law school. During her clerkship, she was extensively involved in issues surrounding local government, high-profile government litigation, Florida Constitutional law, and employment law. Her work experience prior to law school includes working in accounting as a Finance Assistant for Global Spectrum, a leading event facility management company, and as an accountant for a C.P.A. firm in St. Petersburg.
A Florida native, Ms. Nate earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2009, cum laude. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, cum laude, from the University of Central Florida in 2006. While in law school, Ms. Nate was selected as a judicial intern to the Appellate Panel of the Florida Sixth Judicial Circuit and for publication in the local government symposium of Stetson’s Law Review. She was also selected as a competing member of the Stetson College of Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and competed in the American Bar Association’s Regional Negotiation Competitions. Ms. Nate was named to the 2017 Business Observer’s top 40 under 40, has previously been named as a “Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer” by Florida Trend, and received the Achievement Rewards for Collegiate Scientists’ 2015 Light Award for her work as the organization’s General Counsel since 2010.
College: University of Central Florida- B.A., Communications, cum laude, 2006
Law School: Stetson University College of Law- J.D., cum laude, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit (2011)
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (2010)
All Florida Courts
Co-Chair of the Government & Administrative Law Section of the Clearwater Bar Association, 2012-2013
Appointee to Florida League of Cities’ Growth Management and Economic Development Legislative Policy Committee, 2013-2016 Legislative Sessions
Leadership Tampa Bay, Class of 2015
International Legal Honor Society, Member
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), Member
Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA), Member
St. Pete Bar Association, Member
St. Pete Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group, Member
Board of Directors, Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Inc. (HONNA)
Parliamentarian to Board of Directors, ARCS – Tampa Bay, Inc.
Foster Volunteer for Lab Rescue of Florida, Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, and Passion4Pits-St. Pete
Achievement Rewards for Collegiate Scientists – Tampa Bay, ARCS Light Award, 2015
Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer for 2016
Business Observer Top 40 under 40 for 2017
Hometown Democracy: The St. Pete Beach Experience, 38 Stetson L. Rev. 491 (Spring 2009), Co-Author with Attorney Mike Davis
Code Enforcement: Discouraging Repeat Violators in a Meaningful Way, Quality Cities, feature publication (May/June 2016)
Shedding Light on the Sunshine Law: What’s important when contracting with governmental entities in Florida, Florida TREP (December 2017)
PILOT Agreements Have Liftoff: City of Largo v. AHF-Bay Fund LLC, __ Stetson L. Rev. ___ (Spring 2018), co-authored with Alan S. Zimmet and Ellie Neiberger