Nikki C. Carsley


Nikki Carsley’s civil-litigation practice focuses on municipal law and police liability. She also represents clients in a range of disputes, including personal-injury, premises-liability, employment, and commercial matters. She litigates in both state and federal courts. Nikki joined the firm in 2013 after graduating from the University of Washington School of Law with high honors. During law school, Nikki served as a managing editor for the Washington Law Review and was selected by the faculty as a teaching assistant for first-year legal writing classes. Prior to joining Mills Meyers Swartling, Nikki externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys long-distance cycling, hiking, yoga, traveling, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Super Lawyers Magazine selected Nikki to its “Rising Stars” list in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Professional and Community Activities


  • Federal Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • KCBA Aviation Section
  • KCBA Labor & Employment Law Section
  • KCBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • WSBA Labor & Employment Law Section
  • WSBA Litigation Section
  • WSBA Real Property, Probate, & Trust Section
  • Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter
  • William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, Member, 2016-present


  • Treehouse, Young Professionals Board, Member
  • Junior League of Seattle, Active Member (Marketing and Communications Committee), 2016-present
  • Seattle Works, Team Works, Volunteer, 2014-present
  • University of Washington School of Law, Mentor, 2015-present
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington, Board Member, 2011-2012, and Clinic Volunteer, 2010-2012

Publications and Speaking Engagements




  • Presenter, “The Innocence Project Northwest: The Case of Brandon Olebar,” Community Event, Mirabella Seattle, 2014


  • Selected to Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in Business Organizations

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in Criminal Procedure