On this episode, Maxwell Goss chats with Nicole Westbrook, a litigation partner with the law firm of Jones & Keller in Denver, Colorado. In this wide-ranging conversation, Nicole discusses deposition skills, the pros and cons of arbitration, the challenges of remote technology, and her advocacy for women in the law. Nicole also dives into an interesting case she handled concerning a multi-level marketing business, and talks about some of the unique legal challenges facing players in that industry.
00:18 – Introduction
01:18 – About Nicole Westbrook
02:19 – Legal challenges for multi-level marketing (MLM) companies
08:45 – Nicole’s federal clerkship
12:12 – Retaining women in the legal practice
14:10 – Nicole’s work with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
15:47 – Preparing for depositions
18:11 – A recent case involving an MLM business
22:25 – Nicole’s critique of the arbitration system
26:10 – The challenges of remote depositions
35:11 – Nicole’s advice on conducting an effective deposition
37:47 – Where to find Nicole Westbrook online
A former federal law clerk in the busiest trial court in the United States, Nicole is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on significant, high-stakes business disputes that others won’t try. Past successes in underdog cases of IP theft and trade secret litigation have restored claimant property to the rightful owners and defended against millions of dollars in claimed damages. Nicole is also an MLM trial attorney with experience defending network marketing companies and distributors in private litigation against multi-level marketers.
Nicole is an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), where she builds up skills of fellow litigators. She’s been named a Martindale Hubble AV-Preeminent Attorney and to Super Lawyers as well as designated a Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”, recognized as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” and a “Compleat Lawyer” by Law Week Colorado. Nicole was also nominated “Forty Under Forty” by The Denver Business Journal.