Nicole B. Lockhart focuses her practice on business litigation, corporate internal investigations, shareholder/LLC member disputes, federal criminal defense, corporate fiduciary litigation, and contract disputes. Before joining Mantese Honigman, PC, Ms. Lockhart served as lead counsel at a prominent Metro Detroit-based insurance defense litigation firm.
Ms. Lockhart’s passion for the law stems from strong familial roots in the heart of Detroit, with Federal Judge Damon J. Keith as her great uncle, and she was sworn into the State Bar of Michigan by her cousin and Honorable Judge Terrance A. Keith in 2018. Staying true to the family legacy, Nicole attended Wayne State University Law School, where the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights is located. There, she focused her studies on business litigation and secured externships with DTE Energy’s General Counsel, Wayne State University's Corporate Counsel, and worked as a summer associate for Sommers Schwartz, PC. Ms. Lockhart graduated from Wayne Law in 2018 in the top 10% of her class. While at Wayne Law, she also enjoyed memberships in the Black Law Student Association, the Women's Law Caucus, and the Sports and Entertainment Society.
Before law school, Ms. Lockhart graduated from Oakland University, Cum Laude, receiving a B.A. with a concentration in Persuasive Writing and Rhetoric. At Oakland, her unique concentration offered Ms. Lockhart the opportunity to develop a superior analytical skillset through the teachings of Aristotle, Demosthenes, Cicero, and Quintilian.
Ms. Lockhart brings with her to the firm, her belief that rhetoric, at its core, is the foundation upon which a successful legal argument is based. As Aristotle defines it, rhetoric is “the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.” In practice, Ms. Lockhart combines her legal research and writing skills with Aristotle’s three classic modes of persuasion - logos, ethos, and pathos - to form her unique approach to complex legal issues, and in turn achieving the best result for each client.