Nicole M. Zeiss



A litigator with nearly two decades of experience, Nicole M. Zeiss leads the Settlement Group at Labaton Sucharow, analyzing the fairness and adequacy of the procedures used in class action settlements. Her practice focuses on negotiating and documenting complex class action settlements and obtaining the required court approval of the settlements, notice procedures, and payments of attorneys' fees.

Over the past decade, Nicole was actively involved in finalizing settlements with Massey Energy Company ($265 million), Fannie Mae ($170 million), and Schering-Plough ($473 million), among many others.

Nicole was part of the Labaton Sucharow team that successfully litigated the $185 million settlement in In re Bristol-Myers Squibb Securities Litigation, and she played a significant role in In re Monster Worldwide, Inc. Securities Litigation ($47.5 million settlement). Nicole also litigated on behalf of investors who have been damaged by fraud in the telecommunications, hedge fund, and banking industries.

Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Nicole practiced in the area of poverty law at MFY Legal Services. She also worked at Gaynor & Bass practicing general complex civil litigation, particularly representing the rights of freelance writers seeking copyright enforcement.

Nicole maintains a commitment to pro bono legal services by continuing to assist mentally ill clients in a variety of matters-from eviction proceedings to trust administration.

She received a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University and earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Barnard College.

Nicole is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
J.D., 1995

Barnard College
B.A., Philosophy, 1991


1996, New York

U.S. Court of Appeals
2014, Second Circuit
2016, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court
1999, Southern District of New York
1999, Eastern District of New York
2011, District of Colorado