Appellate Divison, 4th Department, 25 Delaware Avenue, 5th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202-9472 Office:716-845-2102 Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Hancock Nickson, Recording Secretary, is a 1997 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, cum laude, from the University at Buffalo.
Ms. Nickson is the Confidential Law Clerk to New York State Supreme Court Justice Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., and is currently assigned to the Martin P. Violante Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for the 8th Judicial District. Ms. Nickson also was the Confidential Law Clerk to New York State Supreme Court Justice John M. Curran from 2004 to 2017, at the trial court and at the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Prior to her employment with the Office of Court Administration, Ms. Nickson was an associate at Albrecht Maguire Heffern & Gregg, P.C. and Phillips Lytle LLP.
Ms. Nickson has been an active member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York since 1997. She was President of the Western New York Chapter of WBASNY in 2003-2004 and also has served as a State Director, Local Director, JALBCA Committee Chair and Long Range Planning Committee Chair at the chapter level. Ms. Nickson also served as the co-chair for the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee and on the Judiciary Committee at the State Level.
In addition to her WBASNY activities, Ms. Nickson is a member of the 2004 charter class of Leadership Buffalo’s Rising Leaders, a 1999 graduate of the YWCA Institute for Public Leadership (“IPL”), a graduate of the YWCA IPL Judicial Training Program, a former director of the UB Law Alumni Association GOLD Group, a current director of the UB Law Alumni Association, a former director of the Bar Association of Erie County, a former deputy treasurer and treasurer for the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, and a mentor to numerous law students through UB Law School’s Mentoring Program. She also served as the Finance Manager of Girl Scout Troop 31126, was an assistant coach for the Girls on the Run program, and served as an attorney coach for Orchard Park’s Mock Trial team.
Ms Nickson was honored with the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award from the WNY Chapter of WBASNY in 2015. She also was selected as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by the Daily Record in 2005 and was included in the Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal’s “Who’s Who in the Law” in 2003 and 2007.
Ms. Nickson has been married for 20 years to Christopher S. Nickson, Esq., a partner with Wilder & Linneball, LLP. They have a daughter in middle school and all three enjoy attending the theater, listening to live jazz, golfing, and traveling.