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Nikki O’Toole




Nikki O’Toole is an attorney whose practice primarily involves litigation, including workers’ compensation defense, medical malpractice, medical indigency, and occupational licensing disputes, as well as advising healthcare clients in transactional and compliance matters.

Nikki graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law, where she received her J.D in May 2020. While in school, Nikki was a managing editor of the Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal and a student attorney for University of Idaho’s Federal Low-Income Tax Clinic, where she worked closely with clients in their disputes with the IRS.

Nikki has volunteered her legal skills with the Idaho Volunteer Lawyer Program, Idaho Trial Lawyer’s Association, and the Intermountain Fair Housing Council. She is also involved with the special needs community as an advocate for children with developmental disabilities in the community and in the educational setting.

Before joining Hawley Troxell, Nikki worked as a legal intern for a local company’s in-house counsel in the healthcare field. Prior to law school, Nikki spent over six years as an independent consultant in the retail industry training talent, developing market trends, and implementing client vision with completeness and accuracy, successfully developing over 30 high profile client relationships. Further, Nikki has experience as the owner of a small, e-commerce business, with expertise in international product sourcing, design, packaging, and marketing.

When she is not litigating, Nikki has a passion for the outdoors, skiing, hiking, and downhill mountain biking with her family. Additionally, Nikki is a classically trained operatic vocalist and singer/songwriter. She is a present member of Opera Idaho and has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe.


Idaho State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section, Chair, 2023

Idaho Volunteer Lawyer’s Program, Pro-Bono Volunteer

Giraffe Laugh, Member of the Board of Directors, 2020-2023


Idaho Business Review’s Leaders in Law – Associates, 2023

Women’s & Children’s Alliance’s Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award Honoree, 2023

Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 Honoree, 2022

publications & Presentations

Co-Presenter, “Workers’ Compensation Case Administration,” Idaho Association of Paralegals, October 2023

Co-Presenter, “The Impact of Recent Decisions on Adjusting Claims,” Idaho Industrial Commission Annual Seminar on Workers’ Compensation, May 2023


Law School:

University of Idaho, College of Law, 2020

Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal, Managing Editor


Azusa Pacific University, B.A., Business Administration




United States District Court, District of Idaho

United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

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