Biography

Nicole Hyland is a Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Kurnit Klein & Selz, as well as Deputy General Counsel for the firm.  She counsels lawyers and law firms on risk management and ethics issues, such as retainer agreements, conflicts of interest, legal fee disputes, escrow issues, multijurisdictional law practice, lateral transitions, and more. In addition, she assists lawyers who are forming or restructuring their law firms, including drafting partnership agreements, advising on compensation structures, and establishing law firm policies and procedures.  She also represents lawyers and law firms in disciplinary proceedings, disqualification motions, malpractice cases, partnership disputes, and other disputes relating to the practice of law. 

Ms. Hyland serves as the Chair of the New York Women’s Bar Association Ethics Committee. She is the immediate past Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association and she now serves as a member of a supervisory committee that provides guidance to the New York City Bar’s Ethics Hotline, a free resource for all New York state attorneys. 

Ms. Hyland frequently writes and lectures on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues.  She is the co-author, along with Professor Roy Simon, of the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Simon’s New York Rules of Professional Conduct Annotated.