Nicole Richard

Senior Associate


4350 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 370, San Diego, CA 92122

Nicole is a Senior Associate in TS’s San Diego office. Her practice includes providing support to a broad spectrum of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized companies, as well as families and individuals. She oversees all types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, including H-1B, E-3, O-1 for individuals of extraordinary ability, L-1 intracompany transferees, multinational managers, EB-1 extraordinary ability and outstanding researcher petitions, as well as PERM and adjustment of status and complex request for evidence responses. Nicole advises clients on critical compliance issues such as concerns for employers of OPT and STEM OPT students and I-9 compliance and employer audits.

Nicole has 16 years’ experience working in the business immigration field and has practiced immigration law for several law firms in San Diego and San Francisco. Her experience includes unique and complex visa types, such as E-1/E-2 treaty traders/investors, I-751, citizenship, and nonimmigrant visa waivers. Nicole is committed to pro bono work and has served as a Volunteer Attorney for Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego, CA from 2009-2017 and for the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center in Vista, CA from 2016-2017, and as a volunteer for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer’s Program, Annual Women’s Resource Fair from 2013-2014. Nicole has been awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services in 2015 and 2017 by the California State Bar and recognized as a Southern California Rising Star in 2016, 2018 and 2019 by Super Lawyers. 

Nicole enjoys international travel, cooking for friends and family, trying new restaurants, art and photography, wine tasting, and attending live concerts.


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J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law

B.A., University of Arizona




American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
State Bar of California

Publications and presentations

  • Visas for Entrepreneurs, Webinar, AILA 
  • The H-1B Cap has been reached-now what? How to attract the best/brightest without H-1B visa, Global Business News Executive Briefing
  • In anticipation of the H-1B Cap Season, Global Business News Executive Briefing
  • Attracting and Retaining Global Talent through a Green Card Program (Permanent Resident Status), Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)

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TS is a boutique business immigration law firm with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, and Singapore dedicated to helping global businesses onboard the foreign national talent they need to innovate, compete, and grow.