J. Nicole Rhodes

Associate Legal Counsel

Nicole has been a lawyer for the University of Pittsburgh since September of 2021.  Prior to coming to the University, she served as Assistant General Counsel at the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, where she focused on Labor and Employment, Fair Housing, Procurement, Public Safety, Real Estate Development, and general litigation. Nicole also previously worked as a Trial Attorney in the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender, where she routinely appeared before the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, representing defendants in multiple trials, both jury and non-jury.

Areas of Practice

Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Public Safety, Litigation


  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. in Communications Rhetoric (1997)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. (2001)

Professional Associations

  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Bar Membership

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Administrative Assistant

Patricia G. Boehler