Nicole Y. Altman

Nicole Y. Altman

Hawai‘i isn’t just beaches and palm trees. Honolulu is a world class city—just one immersed in and surrounded by abundant natural beauty and the Aloha Spirit.

Nicole focuses her practice on litigation, intellectual property and immigration.

As a litigator, she represents a broad range of clients across a variety of industries from international Fortune 500 companies to individuals to start-ups to non-profits. Nicole handles all aspects of litigation, including pre-lawsuit strategizing, discovery, trial and appeal.

Prior to returning home to Hawai‘i and joining Goodsill, she practiced at two preeminent law firms on the mainland, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in San Francisco.  Nicole is also a Lecturer-in-Law for the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she teaches Lawyering Fundamentals.

Nicole clerked for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as for the Honorable Chester J. Straub on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


What are the odds of finding a former competitive figure skater from Hawai‘i…who once rode a motorcycle across the United States…and trekked to Everest Base Camp? That’s Nicole!

When home in Hawai‘i, Nicole is committed to giving back to the community. She serves as a Director of the Board of Aloha Harvest, and is a 2017 Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow. Above all else, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


Columbia Law School, J.D., 2007
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2003


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
State Courts of California
State Courts of Hawai‘i


Federal Bar Association
Hawaii Women Lawyers
Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute, Fellow
Aloha Harvest, Board Director