Nicki Hewell is an energy and environmental litigator. In particular, Nicki has experience representing a variety of energy clients in complex state and federal cases, including defending clients in actions for cost recovery under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

    In addition to her environmental practice, Nicki has extensive experience representing oil and gas clients in title transactions and litigation involving lease disputes. Similarly, Nicki has represented midstream companies in their easement negotiations as well as their condemnation cases under the Natural Gas Act.

    While representing energy clients, Nicki has also appeared in front of the Ohio Power Siting Board and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

    Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Nicki was an associate at a regional law firm. Nicki has also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Gregory L. Frost of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, a law clerk in the Tax Litigation division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office and a judicial extern for the Morgan County (Indiana) Circuit Court.

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    • Represented a utility company in multiparty CERCLA litigation.
    • Represented a FERC-certificated natural gas pipeline company in title transactions, as well as litigation involving condemnation, contract disputes and civil disobedience.
    • Represented intervenor companies, including wind and low-income clients, during proceedings in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
    • Represented Ohio-based pipeline company in certificate case in front of the Ohio Power Siting Board.
    • Represented a natural gas company in transactional and litigation matters involving title issues and lease disputes.

    Education

    • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., Order of the Barristers, 2016
    • DePauw University, B.A., Philosophy, cum laude, 2011

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2016

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Young Energy Professionals Division, Institute for Energy Law
    • Member, Ohio Women’s Bar Association
    • Member, Columbus Bar Association
    • Member, Federal Bar Association
    • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
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    • Author, “Keystone XL Pipeline Litigation Takes A Turn On Heels Of President Trump’s New Presidential Permit,” Synergy Environmental Inc. Newsletter, May 2019.
    • Speaker, “Micro Wireless Ordinances after Senate Bill 331,” Mayors Annual Conference, June 2017.
    • Speaker, “AT&T: Telecommunications Bill,” Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association Seminar, March 2017.
    • Speaker, “Wireless Telecommunications Ordinances after Senate Bill 331,” Ohio Municipal League Live Webinars, February 2017.

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