Nicole St. Germain

Partner

Admitted to the California Bar (2008); United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (2010); United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2011).

Biography

Since joining the firm, Ms. St. Germain has worked extensively with clients on many issues including e-commerce business development, traditional financing, tribal governance and infrastructure creation, and law and policy drafting. Ms. St. Germain is the firm’s lead transactional attorney handling clients’ e-commerce transactions from structuring and negotiation to business launch. She has been instrumental in the development of numerous tribally-owned small dollar lending portfolios and the ongoing operational issues of the businesses.

Ms. St. Germain is also heavily involved in issues related to the Tribal-State compacts between gaming tribes and the State of California, including the preservation of the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, and requiring the State to enforce the exclusivity granted to California tribes in the State’s Constitution and by virtue of each tribes’ compact.

As a California licensed attorney with extensive litigation experience, Ms. St. Germain has defended tribal governments in California against overzealous lenders seeking recoupment of debt and private parties attempting to subvert tenets of federal Indian law and specific agreements. In 2011, Ms. St. Germain successfully briefed and defended a federal case resulting in a favorable outcome for her client, and a published decision from the Northern District of California. Larimer v. Konocti Vista Casino Resort, Marina & RV Park, 814 F.Supp.2d 952 (N.D. Cal. 2011).

Ms. St. Germain is a three-time Super Lawyers Rising Star award recipient.

Education

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law : Juris Doctor (2008)

University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and Political Science (emphasis in International Relations) (2005)

Achievements

Dean’s Honor List (2008)

Witkin Award, National Security Law (2008)

Governing Board, Community Legal Services (2007-2008), McGeorge School of Law

Employment

Placer County District Attorney’s Office (2008-2010)

Institute for Administrative Justice (2009)

California State Assembly Committee on the Judiciary (2008)

Crime Victims Legal Clinic, McGeorge School of Law (2007-2008)

Contact Info

Sacramento Office
Tel: (916) 353-1084
Fax: (916) 353-1085