Background

Nicolette A. Ward is a Senior Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC. As a trial lawyer, she is proud to represent victims of police and prison misconduct, wrongful death, premises liability, auto accident, and other catastrophic personal injury.

Nicolette’s handling of high-profile police misconduct cases has been instrumental in securing numerous verdicts and settlements including a record-breaking $44.7 million verdict against the City of Chicago in a civil rights case and a $21.3 million verdict against the City of Chicago after two of its police officers were found liable for the death of 37-year-old mother of five children. Most recently, she had the honor of serving on the team representing the family of George Floyd in the civil lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis and the four officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death, which resulted in a $27 million settlement in March of 2020. Nicolette also was instrumental in securing a $400,000 post-trial settlement in a wrongful death case against the City of Chicago and an individual officer who shot and killed a 35-year-old Black man experiencing a medical emergency. She currently represents the children of Daniel Prude against the City of Rochester and its officers for Mr. Prude’s death and the family of Daunte Wright who was killed by a police officer in Minnesota in April of 2020. Nicolette has also served as counsel for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

Nicolette is involved with the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Chicago Bar Association. She has presented on police misconduct issues for the National Police Accountability Project and the American Association for Justice. Nicolette has also served as a coach for Chicago-Kent’s trial advocacy team.

Prior to joining the Romanucci & Blandin team, Nicolette clerked for the Hon. Ronald F. Bartkowicz, Cook County Circuit Court, drafting judicial orders and opinions in civil cases. While a full-time law student, she also clerked at another Chicago-based personal injury firm, assisting in cases ranging from medical malpractice to institutional sex abuse.  Her experiences shaped her desire to serve those harmed by violations of their civil rights and injured through the wrongful actions of others.

Nicolette received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2016 from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude in the top ten percent of her classAt Chicago-Kent, Nicolette served as co-captain of the school’s nationally-ranked trial advocacy team, winning the TYLA National Trial Competition in 2015. She earned Dean’s List honors each semester of law school.

Outside of the office, Nicolette enjoys live music, writing horror short stories, and bothering her cat, Mochi.

Practice Areas

Education & Certifications

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2016
  • B.A., University of Iowa, 2012

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022
  • Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2018-2021
  • Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2021
  • Top 10 Motor Vehicle Accident Verdicts in Illinois in the year 2019, Carreon v. City of Chicago
  • Top 50 Motor Vehicle Accident Verdicts in the United States in the year 2019, Carreon v. City of Chicago
  • Top 10 Verdicts in Illinois in the year 2017, LaPorta v. City of Chicago
  • Graduated magna cum laude, with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2016
  • Winner of the TYLA National Trial Competition, 2015

Notable Cases

  • LaPorta v. City of Chicago, October 2017, civil rights, $44.7M verdict
  • Family of George Floyd v. City of Minneapolis and officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death, March 2021, civil rights, $27M settlement
  • Carreon v. City of Chicago, April 2019, police chase, $21.3M verdict

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois, 2016
  • Central District of Illinois, 2016
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2016
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2016

Newsroom

Press Releases

Speaking Engagements

  • "Teaching Points re: $21,300,000 High Speed Chase/Wrongful Death Verdict", Trial Lawyers University, Presenter with Antonio Romanucci, September 2021
  • “Proving Police Misconduct- Key Takeaways from a High-Speed Chase”, American Association for Justice, Presenter, June 2019
  • “Anatomy of a $44.7 Million Verdict”, National Police Accountability Project, Presenter, January 2018
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