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Nicole M. Sappingfield

Nicole Sappingfield is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Chicago office, where she focuses her practice on a variety of corporate transactions, including private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate governance and commercial transactions. In addition, Nicole has experience advising clients on the negotiation of license agreements, certificates of authorship and other entertainment industry matters. Nicole started her career in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office and, prior to joining Dickinson Wright’s Chicago office, Nicole worked as an associate in the Chicago office of an international law firm.

Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.A., Comparative Literature, 2014
  • Kelsey Kollen-Putz and J.J. Putz Endowed Softball Scholarship Recipient

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2017
  • cum laude
  • Wayne State Law Review
  • Dickinson Wright Women’s Network Scholarship Recipient

Bar Admission

  • Illinois
  • Michigan


  • Michigan Super Lawyers
    • Mergers & Acquisitions, 2020

Prominent Assignments

  • Counsel to buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries
  • Counsel to small and middle-market businesses in creating form legal documents and contracts with vendors and customers
  • Counsel to freelancers, musicians and filmmakers in negotiating agreements with producers 
  • Counsel to lenders and borrowers in a range of loan transactions
  • Experienced in corporate formation, negotiation, drafting, and evaluation of contracts

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Association for Corporate Growth (Chicago)

Community Involvement

  • Routinely counsels pro bono and nonprofit entities in contract matters


  • Speaker, "Lawyers Working Hybrid or Remotely: Thumbs Up or Down ... Why and How?," Chicago Bar Association, November 2022
  • Panelist, “The Evolution of Client Service,” ACGDetroit’s NextGen Breakfast and Learn, 2019
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