Nicole CivitaOf Counsel
Nicole Civita focuses her practice on helping clients understand the network of laws, regulations, and guidance that frame their food businesses. She emphasizes forward-looking management of legal, enterprise, and reputational risks, as well as careful contracting to support productive relationships. When disputes arise, she helps clients pursue efficient, beneficial resolutions that allow them to keep their focus on food.
Earlier in her career, Nicole was an Associate at Hogan Lovells LLP where she practiced in the areas of employment, commercial, and intellectual property law.
Nicole also is a professor with teaching and research interests in food and agricultural law, sustainable food systems, and food ethics. She is a nationally regarded expert in the laws pertaining to food waste, recovery and conservation. As an academic, she works with several innovative institutions of higher education including the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Sterling College’s Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
Nicole received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is a member of the California and New York bars.
Nicole and her family live on a 6-acre homestead in Hardwick, Vermont, at the heart of the Green Mountain state’s artisan food revolution.