Ashley Nikkel guides mining and energy clients exploring and operating on public lands through the nation’s complex environmental laws, from project conception to permit to potential appeal. 

Capabilities

Biography

Ashley Nikkel is a shareholder on the environmental, energy and natural resources, and litigation practice teams at Parsons Behle & Latimer.

Ms. Nikkel provides counsel for mining and energy clients operating on public lands. She handles all stages of the environmental permitting and compliance at local, state and federal levels, with particular expertise in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She also advises on mining transactions and related due diligence. Her commercial litigation experience allows her to evaluate appellate risk in these projects and defend her clients if such a challenge arises. Her litigation experience includes defending hardrock mining clients in a variety of real property cases, including quiet title actions and royalty disputes.

Prior to joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Ms. Nikkel clerked for the Honorable Judge Janet J. Berry at the Second Judicial District Court, and the Honorable Mark Gibbons at the Nevada Supreme Court. Ms. Nikkel excelled at the William S. Boyd School of Law, serving as an articles editor of the Nevada Law Journal, arguing a criminal drug trafficking case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the appellate clinic, and competing on the moot court team.

A native of the Reno-Tahoe area, Ms. Nikkel is passionate about civic education, serving on the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement’s Board of Directors and coaching over a decade’s worth of nationally-ranked teams from Incline High School’s Center for Civic Education “We the People” program.

Accomplishments

Academic

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., cum laude, 2009)

Honors Program, majors 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

Professional

Recognized as "One to Watch" in Best Lawyers in America 2021 and 2022

Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2021

Nevada Legal Elite, 2020, 2017, 2016 and 2015

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)

Associations

Professional

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
(2017 to present)

Nevada Mining Association
(2019 to present)

Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
(2013 to present)

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

 

Community

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

Nevada Center for Civic Engagement, Board of Directors
(2020 to present)

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

Insights

Credentials

Licensed

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

Education

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