NICOLE NOËLLISTE is a member of the Environmental practice group in Washington, D.C., which is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA in 2020. She has been recognized in the 2021 inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, for her work in environmental law.
Nicole focuses her practice on advising clients on a wide range of complex environmental and energy matters, including regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, and rulemaking challenges. She also counsels the nuclear sector on transactional and regulatory approvals by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), including NRC approvals for transactions involving radioactive materials.
Prior to joining Sidley, Nicole was a lawyer at the NRC in the Office of General Counsel. In that position, she gained substantial enforcement experience. Specifically, she counseled NRC enforcement staff at every stage of their investigation of alleged violations. This included reviewing investigations that undergirded enforcement decisions, interpreting agency guidance and past practice to inform enforcement decisions and representing the Office of General Counsel on the agency-wide enforcement panel, which determined whether to cite licensees for alleged violations. Additionally, Nicole counseled the agency staff on the development of the NRC’s first Tribal Policy Statement, and reviewed National Environmental Policy Act analyses of NRC permitting decisions.
During law school, Nicole served as a law clerk at the Environmental Law Institute, an Honors Law Clerk at the EPA’s Office of General Counsel and a law clerk within the Natural Resources Section of the DOJ’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division.
Nicole also holds a Master of Public Affairs in Environmental Policy & Natural Resources Management from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In college, she was nominated as the NCAA Division I “Woman of the Year” for her outstanding achievement in academics, athletic competition and community engagement.