Nicole Valentine is licensed to practice as an attorney in California. She is the head of the professional licensing division at Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, Inc., where she leads the firm’s license defense practice, and is a panel attorney for RN Guardian, a membership-based organization that provides discounted rates for nurses needing legal services. She also practices criminal defense and represents licensees formally charged with criminal complaints. Nicole has represented hundreds of licensed professionals and has appeared before the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and numerous other licensing boards, representing registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, physicians, realtors, chiropractors, contractors, paramedics, EMTs, and many other professional licensees. From representing clients under investigations for complaints against their licenses, to representation of clients facing formal accusation filed by a licensing board, Nicole has achieved positive outcomes for her clients, which include dismissal of accusations prior to and after hearing, resolutions resulting in no further action taken after investigation of complaints, and resolutions resulting in reduced disciplinary actions avoiding employment loss. Nicole has also assisted many licensees with achieving citation and fines after disclosing convictions, which are not disciplinary in nature.