“Sources describe her as a ‘formidable advocate and extraordinarily well respected.’”
Chambers USA


Nicole A. Saharsky is co-head of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. She focuses her practice on briefing and arguing cases in the US Supreme Court and in the federal and state appellate courts and on developing legal strategy for the trial courts and agency proceedings. Numerous publications recognize Nicole as a leading appellate advocate, including Chambers USA and Legal 500 US

Nicole previously served for ten years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, where she was responsible for briefing and arguing cases in the US Supreme Court and overseeing government appeals in the federal courts of appeals.

Nicole has argued more cases in the US Supreme Court than any other woman in the past decade. She has argued 30 cases, briefed 46 cases on the merits, and filed hundreds of certiorari-stage briefs and motions in the Supreme Court. Her cases involved a broad range of business issues, including securities fraud, intellectual property, labor and employment, bankruptcy, personal jurisdiction, and corporate criminal liability. Nicole frequently is asked to provide commentary on the Supreme Court by C-SPAN, Law360, Reuters, and other national media outlets. She recently was featured in a Law360 article and video series on the topic, “Will the Future of the Supreme Court Bar Be Female?”

At the firm, Nicole has handled appeals and trial-level briefing for clients across a number of industries. Her cases have involved administrative law, antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, constitutional law, personal jurisdiction, ERISA, and tax issues. She also has an active Supreme Court practice. Most recently, in April 2019 she argued Taggart v. Lorenzen, which concerns whether, under the Bankruptcy Code, a creditor can be held in contempt of court for violating a discharge injunction when he had a good-faith belief that the injunction did not apply to his conduct.

Nicole previously served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General and clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the Fifth Circuit. She received her law degree summa cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Before law school, she worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). She earned her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.



Securities Fraud

  • Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (2014)*
  • Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (2013)
  • Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds (2012)
  • Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. (2010)*

Labor & Employment

  • Tibble v. Edison International (2014) (ERISA)*
  • Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC (2014) (Title VII)*
  • Unite Here Local 355 v. Mulhall (2013) (Labor-Management Relations Act)
  • Lawson and Zang v. FMR, LLC (2013) (Sarbanes-Oxley Act)*
  • Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Glenn (2007) (ERISA)*
  • Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. v. Brown (2007) (National Labor Relations Act)

Intellectual Property

  • Matal v. Tam (2016) (Trademark)
  • Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (2013) (Copyright)*
  • Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (2010) (Patent)


  • Taggart v. Lorenzen (2018)*
  • Ransom v. FIA Card Services, N.A. (2010)*

Personal Jurisdiction

  • BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell (2016)*

Corporate Criminal and Civil Liability

  • Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter (2014) (False Claims Act)
  • Southern Union Co. v. United States (2011) (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)

Criminal Law and Procedure

  • County of Los Angeles v. Mendez (2016) (Fourth Amendment)*
  • Mathis v. United States (2015) (Federal Sentencing)*
  • Montgomery v. Louisiana (2015) (Eighth Amendment and Federal Habeas)
  • Kansas v. Cheever (2013) (Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Compelled Self-Incrimination)*
  • Florida v. Jardines (2012) (Fourth Amendment)*
  • Missouri v. McNeely (2012) (Fourth Amendment)*
  • Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington (2011) (Fourth Amendment)*
  • Perry v. New Hampshire (2011) (Due Process Clause)*
  • DePierre v. United States (2010) (Federal Drug Crimes)*
  • Berghuis v. Thompkins (2009) (Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Compelled Self-Incrimination)*
  • Montejo v. Louisiana (2008) (Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel)
  • Kansas v. Ventris (2008) (Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel)*
  • United States v. Hayes (2008) (Federal Firearms Prohibition)*
  • Burgess v. United States (2007) (Federal Sentencing)*

Constitutional Law

  • Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle (2015) (Territory Clause)*
  • NASA v. Nelson (2010) (Right to Privacy)
  • Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (2009) (Takings Clause)
  • Bond v. United States (2010) (Standing)
  • United States v. Stevens (2009) (First Amendment Speech Clause)

Civil Rights and Official Immunity

  • McCrory v. Harris (2016) (Voting Rights)*
  • Ivy v. Morath (2016) (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Filarsky v. Delia (2011) (Qualified Immunity)*
  • Horne v. Flores (2008) (Federal Education Standards)*

Other Statutory Interpretation

  • Bruce v. Samuels (2015) (Federal Prisons)*
  • Chafin v. Chafin (2012) (International Treaty on Child Abduction)*
  • Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder (2009) (Immigration)*
  • Kucana v. Holder (2009) (Immigration)*
  • Kiyemba v. Obama (2009) (War on Terror)
  • Negusie v. Holder (2008) (Immigration)
  • Nken v. Holder (2008) (Immigration)

* Argued


Northwestern University, BS, Chemical Engineering

University of Minnesota Law School, JD, summa cum laude
Lead Articles Editor, Minnesota Law Review


  • District of Columbia


  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois