Nicole E. Spira, Esq. / Partner 


Prior to joining SJL, Nicole worked at several elite global law firms – Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, and Kaye Scholer LLP – first as a practicing litigator, and then on the administrative side in professional development and legal personnel management. As a manager, Nicole had the opportunity to work with associates and partners on a variety of matters and in doing so, honed her counseling skills and learned the intricacies of associate life and the business of law firm operation.

Leveraging her experience in the New York legal industry, and intricate knowledge of associate life and law firm culture, Nicole applies her multidimensional background to help candidates find their optimal professional environment. A natural counselor and connector, Nicole acts as a co-partner in these relationships, building a dialogue as she works in tandem with candidates to achieve short and long-term career goals.

Nicole speaks frequently on industry panels – at NYCRA, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Northwestern Law School, among others. She speaks on topics relating to recruitment and legal career management, including summer hiring, lateral transitions and the state of the New York legal market. Additionally, Nicole counsels Harvard and Stanford law students on how to approach On-Campus Interviewing.

Nicole graduated cum laude from Duke University with her B.A. in History. She earned her law degree from Fordham University where she was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

In her free time, Nicole loves spending time with her family and friends in the Berkshires and looks forward to visiting her family in South Africa.  She is also a Barry's Bootcamp devotee.