Ashley C. Nikkel

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Ashley C. Nikkel
Phone: 775.323.1601
Direct: 775.789.6554

Ashley C. Nikkel is a member of the Litigation, Trials & Appeals and Environmental and Natural Resources practice groups at Parsons Behle & Latimer.

Ms. Nikkel handles a full spectrum of commercial disputes, from business formation and transactions to negotiation, litigation, and appeals, as well as bankruptcy. She brings a unique perspective to litigation, clerking for both a Nevada district court judge as well as a Nevada Supreme Court justice after law school. As a result of these experiences, Ms. Nikkel understands the complex interplay between preparing a case for trial, and ensuring that appellate issues are properly developed. Ms. Nikkel specializes in environmental and natural resource issues, including quiet title actions and NEPA litigation.

Prior to joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Ms. Nikkel excelled at the William S. Boyd School of Law, graduating summa cum laude, serving as an articles editor for the Nevada Law Journal, participating in the appellate clinic, where she argued a direct criminal appeal on a drug trafficking case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, and competing on Boyd’s moot court team (Society of Advocates).  Before law school, Ms. Nikkel attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history.

Ms. Nikkel is passionate about supporting the Center for Civic Education’s “We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution” program, and has coached a number of nationally-qualified teams from Incline High School. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the local chapter of Dress for Success, which seeks to empower working women by providing resources and a professional network of support and expertise.


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William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (J.D., 2012)

Nevada Law Journal, Articles Editor

Society of Advocates member, top sixteen competitor in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

CALI Excellence Awards (for highest grades) in Torts, Lawyering Process II, Lawyering Process III: Appellate Advocacy, Federal Public Lands & Natural Resources, Appellate Clinic, American Legal History, Water Law, and Capital Punishment

Clinic Legal Education Association Award for excellence and achievement in the clinical program

Scribe Award from the American Society of Legal Writers for excellence in legal writing

University of Nevada, Reno (B.A., 2009)

Graduated summa cum laude in Political Science and History with a minor in Economic Policy

Chief Justice of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada Judicial Council

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate in the Humanities


Recognized as "One to Watch" in Best Lawyers in America 2021

Clerked for the Honorable Mark Gibbons of the Nevada Supreme Court (2012 - 2013)

Clerked for the Honorable Janet J. Berry of the Second Judicial District Court, State of Nevada (2013 - 2014)



Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
(2013 to present)

State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyers Section
(2013 to present)

William S. Boyd School of Law Alumni Board of Directors 
Northern Nevada Liaison (2013 to 2016)


Volunteer coach and former district judge for the Center for Civic Education’s “We the People” program
(2005 to present)

Dress for Success - Northern Nevada, Board of Directors
(2017 to present)



U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Nevada
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Dist. of Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit


University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law