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Nikelle represents clients in all aspects of local government and real estate with an emphasis in land use and real estate development, public-private partnerships, procurement, and governmental affairs.

Her work includes zoning, permitting, land use planning, development application processing and representation before local city councils, business development, relationship management, economic development, zoning boards of adjustment, planning commissions, local governing bodies and state and local agencies. In short, she helps clients navigate real estate development projects through governmental approvals.

She also has vast experience in commercial transactions including purchases and sales, leases, public financing and general contracts.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Nikelle was a partner at Brown McCarroll.

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  • Austin Black Business Journal, Top 10 Central Texas Lawyers, 2019
  • Austin Black Business Journal, Achievements in Black Austin, 2019
  • Austin Monthly magazine, Top Austin Attorney, Land Use Environment, 2019
  • The Business Journals' Influencers: Law, 2018
  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers In America©, Real Estate Law, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, 2018-2020, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2020
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Outstanding Community Leader Award, 2013
  • Austin Business Journal, Top 20 People to Know, 2012
  • Austin Business Journal, Profiles in Power Award, 2009
  • Austin Under 40, winner; Frost Bank Legal Award, 2007
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, 2013-present
  • Texas Monthly, Top Women Attorneys in Texas, 2020
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2004-2006, Land Use/Zoning, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, 2016-2019


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • Endowed Presidential Scholar, 1992-1995
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • English and Psychology
    • Texas Excellence Scholar, 1988-1992


  • Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section; State and Local Government Law Section, Land Use Committee Report, chair, 2012-2013; Continuing Legal Education, chair, 2012-2013; Revenue Development, chair; council member, 2013-2014
  • American Planning Association, state chapter and national chapter
  • Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), Transportation Committee, Strategic Leadership Committee, Water and Energy Committee
  • Austin Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Administrative Law Section
  • Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Board of Directors, Secretary; Right-of-Way Acquisition Committee, Chair, Appointee of Travis County
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Austin Chapter
  • Greater San Marcos Partnership, lead investor, general counsel
  • International Bridge, Turnpike and Tunnel Association
  • National Council for Public Private Partnerships, Member
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Central Texas Chapter
  • Real Estate Council of Austin, Immediate Past President, Executive Committee Member, PAC Member
  • Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, Momentum Investor Group
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Business Section
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Austin Chapter Advisory Board


  • German, conversant
  • Spanish, conversant
  • Italian, conversant
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in negotiation of economic development incentives from state and local governments for the construction of a major industrial facility.
  • Represented a commercial real estate developer for a high-rise condominium development in Austin’s central business district and surrounding areas.
  • Counseled a national real estate investment trust (REIT) in entitlement matters.
  • Represented a property owner association in the negotiation of entitlements with a national developer for a $100 million development project.
  • Represented a multifamily housing developer for the creation of a public-private partnership to develop a 250-unit apartment development.
  • Advised an international developer in 5,000-acre mixed-use development with public financing.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in negotiation of a services contract with a local governmental body.
Community Leadership
  • African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, Board of Directors 
  • Austin Business Journal, Mentoring Monday
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors; Facilities Committee, chair
  • Ballet Austin, Board of Directors; Governmental Relations Committee, chair
  • i2M (Innovation to Market), Board of Directors
  • Hill Country Conservancy, Board of Directors, 2000-2012; president, 2009-2012
  • Long Center, Community Advisory Board