“Ever since I was in fourth or fifth grade I wanted to be an attorney,” says associate Nicole K. Messerschmidt. “I can’t say why; I just knew I always wanted to. For me, that was definitely the end goal.”
Ms. Messerschmidt is achieving her goal—and improving the lives of many injured clients in the process—at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, having recovered well more than $1 million on behalf of injured clients since joining the firm in 2013.
Nikole was always very prompt on keeping me informed about my case. I liked that she always did her best to make sure that I was taken care of . Once I hired her, she took the case on and did a wonderful job at getting the job done with my best interest at heart. And I am very greatful that the case settled as quickly as it did. She is a wonderful Lawyer!
She received a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in her home state in 2010 before enrolling at the Valparaiso University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Messerschmidt was extremely active in completing a number of externships in various courts. She clerked in the Walworth County District Attorney’s office in Elkhorn, Wis., Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, La Porte Superior Court in Michigan City, Indiana, and the Child Support Division of the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office in Valparaiso, Indiana.
After receiving her J.D. in 2013, Ms. Messerschmidt joined the firm as a staff attorney before being named as an associate. She concentrates her practice on personal-injury cases and also product-liability cases, including defective hip-implant cases.
One of Ms. Messerschmidt’s strengths as an attorney is her ability to listen to clients and empathize with them. “I’ve also been in a couple of car accidents that weren’t my fault,” she says, “so I know where people are coming from and how they’re feeling when something like that happens to them.”
While her primary satisfaction comes from helping people in their times of need, she also loves how her profession gives her the opportunity to learn new things.
“Every day I learn something new, thanks especially to the outstanding attorneys I get to work with,” she says. “And the partners here at the firm are great mentors.”
Ms. Messerschmidt was named as a 2017 Rising Star by Illinois SuperLawyers and is active professionally in several bar groups.
Her personal interests include spending time with friends and family, reading, and running.