Professional Experience

Nikki Abercrombie assists the firm’s litigation, appellate, land use, energy and public utility, and business practice groups. Prior to joining Cable Huston LLP as an associate in 2014, Nikki was a summer associate with the firm. Nikki is admitted to practice in Oregon state and federal courts, Washington state courts, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nikki’s practice focuses primarily on civil and commercial litigation in Oregon and Washington. She has been involved in a wide variety of matters, such as breach of contract issues, corporate shareholder disputes, construction defect and contractor disputes, insurance and surety issues, and CERCLA actions. Nikki has substantial experience in legal research and writing, including drafting pleadings, briefs, demand letters, mediation statements, and memoranda. Nikki also has extensive experience in electronic discovery. She has assisted in depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and corporate internal investigations. Nikki’s appellate practice experience includes assisting in preparation for oral argument in the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court. She is also an active participant in the Ninth Circuit’s Appellate Pro Bono Program, and she has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to her litigation practice, Nikki has experience in land use planning and has been involved with conditional use permits, zone changes, and variances in multiples Oregon counties. She has also assisted in land use cases before LUBA, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Oregon Supreme Court. Nikki has also worked with the firm’s business practice group and drafted organizational documents, agreements, minutes, and other corporate documents for various entities in Oregon and Washington. She has also assisted in commercial real estate transactions and advised clients relative to real estate matters.

Educational Background

Nikki graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in May 2014. While in law school, Nikki served as Executive Notes Editor for the Journal of College and University Law and was published in that journal in 2014. She also served as a staff member for the Journal of International and Comparative Law in 2011-2012. She spent the summer of 2012 in London, UK studying in the Notre Dame Concannon Programme of International Law. On campus, Nikki was involved in the Women’s Legal Forum and Honor Council. In addition, Nikki volunteered with the Notre Dame Law Admissions Department and worked as an Assistant Rector in Lewis Hall for the Office of Student Affairs.

Professional Activities

  • Nikki is a member of the Litigation and Constitutional Law sections of the Oregon State Bar. She is also a member of the Litigation section of the Washington State Bar Association and the Litigation section of the American Bar Association. Nikki serves as an appointed member of the Oregon State Bar’s MCLE Committee, the body charged with providing input, analysis, and recommendations to the Board of Governors for minimum continuing legal education requirements for Oregon attorneys.
  • Nikki is actively involved in the Multnomah Bar Association and serves as Chair of the CLE Committee for the MBA Young Lawyers Section. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Nikki served two years as a committee member, working with experienced attorneys to provide continuing legal education on substantive law topics for young and novice practitioners in the Portland area. She also serves as firm liaison for MBA Court Care, facilitating fundraising efforts for free full-time, drop-in childcare at the Multnomah County Courthouse.
  • In addition, Nikki is a member of the Gus J. Soloman Inn of Court, a local non-profit association comprised of judges, lawyers, legal educators, and law students promoting excellence in legal advocacy and community service. Nikki is also an active member of Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) and serves on the OWLS Working Parents Committee. She participated in the 2015 Oregon Trial Advocacy College, sponsored by the Oregon State Bar and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • Nikki is involved in the Portland area alumni associations for both The College of Idaho and the University of Notre Dame.


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