Niki has more than 20 years’ experience collaborating with parties and insurers to structure global settlements that achieve their goals in efficient and cost-effective ways. Niki’s experience includes appointment as Vice President Client Strategy & Development of a national legal services administrator, where she served as a neutral third party administering global settlements.
Prior to that position, Niki worked with a national class action law firm, where for nearly 15 years she litigated and resolved some of the firm’s most notable securities fraud and complex commercial cases. As settlement counsel in several high-profile and ground-breaking matters, she assisted in structuring and obtaining court approval of settlements nationwide. Her career includes representing defendants in insurance and employment litigation in both Hawaii and California, and serving as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, in which she earned the Distinguished Service Award. She has been involved in successfully resolving and structuring multi-party and multi-faceted cases, with an aggregate settlement value of billions of dollars. Niki has gained the trust of top litigators nationwide on both sides of the aisle, and has been praised as a fair and respectable negotiator, knowledgeable and adept at helping parties resolve both minutiae and global issues alike.
She brings her specialized knowledge in class action litigation and structuring complex global settlements and administrations to Phillips ADR. Niki assists Judge Phillips in his ADR efforts before, during, and after in-person sessions, and listens to and works with the parties and insurers to help them reach resolution.
Niki graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Oregon School of Law, in which she served as Managing Editor of the Oregon Law Review. She was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and lives in Orange County with her husband, son, and daughter.