Nicole R. Hittner

Partner Minneapolis

Summary

Nicole is a partner in the Business practice group. She focuses on mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures for her clients and also provides ongoing counseling to companies on complex legal matters. Nicole has the ability to provide a unique perspective, incisive problem-solving, and practical advice. Her experience as a certified public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to entering the legal field adds a business lens her clients appreciate.

Nicole counsels private equity firms and other businesses on deal documents, negotiating strategies, and day-to-day operations. She assists both buyers and sellers in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, food, health care, events, and hospitality. Nicole serves as outside counsel to various private equity portfolio companies and provides ongoing advice with respect to contract drafting, negotiation, and general business matters. She thoroughly enjoys being a value-added part of the team. 

Nicole is deeply committed to advancing the legal careers of other women, as well. Prior to joining Taft, she was a partner at Ballard Spahr and served as co-chair of Ballard Women, focusing on female attorneys’ ongoing development and achievement of success.

Awards

  • Named Top Woman in Finance by Finance & Commerce, 2019

  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2008-present

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law (2008)

    J.D., magna cum laude

  • New York University (2000)

    B.S., magna cum laude

Admissions

  • State - Minnesota

Notable Matters

  • Represented management team of large private-equity backed ed-tech entity in a complex sale transaction
  • Ongoing representation of a custom plastics manufacturing and distribution company, including in connection with all M&A activity
  • Ongoing representation of a lifestyle brand company which has offerings from athletic wear to extreme racing events
  • Represented a large private equity client in several consecutive acquisitions of sole proprietorships in the medical field
  • Assisted a private equity portfolio company in purchasing multiple dermatology practices across the United States
  • Represented a group of individual buyers in a strategic acquisition of a hair salon and day spa
  • Represented a snack food manufacturer in the sale of equity to a national private equity firm and, ultimately, to a strategic buyer in the packaged foods industry
  • Represented a group of entrepreneurs in the purchase of a health club

Speeches and Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • "Women to Watch – Legal Watch Weekly Contributor," 1210 WPHT, May 2020-present.
  • "Women to Watch Featured Guest," 1210 WPHT, April 5, 2020.
  • Panelist, "Women in Law," University of Minnesota/WLSA, March 2019.
  • "Business Law for Controllers & CFOs," MNCPA Management and Business Advisers Conference, June 2017.
  • Panelist, "Table of Experts," Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, May 2017.
  • Moderator, "Access to Leadership Event," June 2015 and June 2016.

Publications

  • "Allyship," Hennepin County Lawyer, February 2020.
  • "Ballard Spahr pushes for more female equity partners," Philadelphia Business Journal, October 22, 2019.
  • "Ballard Spahr pushes for more female equity partners, names local attorney to oversee effort," Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, October 21, 2019.
  • "Small Business Investment Companies – Fine Tuning a Vintage Investment Vehicle," Dealmaker Counsel, June 2011.
  • "New Power-of-Attorney Legislation in New York," Dealmaker Counsel, December 2009.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Association for Corporate Growth

    Member, Minnesota

    Capital Connection Planning Committee Member

  • Minnesota Society of CPAs
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

    2008-present

  • Dakota County Conciliation Court

    Referee, 2013-present

Community Involvement

  • Myra Bradwell Award

    Selection Committee Member, 2016

  • River Valley Girl Scouts of America

    September 2015-present

  • Women of Nations

    Former Board Member