Nichole’s two undergraduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma, extensive experience in marketing and sales - both in and out of state - created a solid and robust educational foundation, which she used to pursue her law degree at the Oklahoma City University Law School. There, she served as an elected class officer, in leadership positions for several organizations, and excelled in trial practice and ethics.
Since earning her J.D., Nichole has honed her skills in criminal law, family law, and general litigation in almost all 77 Oklahoma counties.
Which means her playlist is strong and her capabilities in and out of the courtroom are stronger.
In fact, as a proud Oklahoman, Nichole believes in “giving where you live.” She has volunteered with several organizations including Ignite OKC, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, the YWCA of Oklahoma City, and several other Oklahoma charities and non-profit organizations. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Sharing Tree, formally The Christmas Connection, as well as the Board of Directors for Let's Fix This.
She knows you deserve an attorney who not only listens and understands the intricacies of your case, but who will also fight for your case regardless of its size.
The ability to be selective with her cases to ensure she has the time to zealously represent each of her clients, was a significant driver for the creation of Banks, Gillett and Gillett, PLLC.
Nichole serves on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s legal education committee, the licensed legal intern committee, and on the OBA’s solo and small firm committee. In addition, she is active in the OBA juvenile law section, the OBA family law section, the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, as well as the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Cleveland County Bar Association, and the OBA’s Young Lawyers Division. Nichole volunteers with Oklahoma Bar Association’s Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes program and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Lawyers in Classrooms program.
Additionally, Nichole serves on the Oklahoma County Bar Association Lawyers Against Domestic Violence Committee and is active in the OBA Family law section and the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law, 2011
B.A. Political Science with honors, University of Oklahoma, 2007
B.A. Communication with honors, University of Oklahoma, 2007
Oklahoma Bar Association
Oklahoma County Bar Association
Cleveland County Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division
Oklahoma Bar Association – Legal Education Committee
Oklahoma Bar Association – Solo and Small Firm Committee
Oklahoma Bar Association – Juvenile Law Section
Oklahoma Bar Association – Family Law Section
Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association
Western District of Oklahoma – Federal Bar Association
Nichole is quick to establish clear goals so that she and her clients are on the same page. By creating and communicating goals, the timeline and procedure of the case can become more clear and hopefully more predictable. Sometimes accomplishing those goals can be accomplished by following a direct protocol, other times the protocol and plan need to be individually crafted to accommodate the needs, goals, and facts of a case.
Nichole has successfully represented clients in cases ranging from federal proceedings for bad faith insurance claims, criminal trials where the defendant was facing life in prison without parole all the way to Victim’s Protective Orders and municipal charges.
Nichole also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem, commonly known as an attorney for the children in a contested issue. As a Guardian Ad Litem, Nichole is appointed by the Court to interview the children, the parents, and other parties of interest and review documents and pleadings. Upon completion of her investigation, she reports her findings to the Court and the Court may use her findings to make a final decision. By serving as a Guardian Ad Litem, it is Nichole’s hope that children are not required to testify in a contested family law proceeding.
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