Nicole R. Hunter, Esq.
For over 10 years, Nicole Hunter has focused her law practice on exclusively representing the interests of businesses and employers. She defends businesses throughout Ohio and Kentucky who face pending or ongoing litigation related to employment matters, workers’ compensation, unemployment defense, and general business matters. She strives to develop personal relationships with her business clients to provide cost containment solutions for existing matters and risk containment strategies for the future.
Nicole has a diverse workers’ compensation and risk management practice in Ohio and Kentucky. The primary focus of her practice is representing self-insured employers, state-funded employers, and insurance companies in workers’ compensation matters before the Industrial Commission of Ohio, the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims, and courts throughout Ohio and Kentucky.
Nicole represents employers in many industries, including manufacturing, construction, healthcare, staffing, retail, service, and transportation. She defends employers in the full spectrum of workers’ compensation issues, including initial claim allowance, additional conditions, treatment and compensation matters, permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, death cases, and violation of specific safety requirement (VSSR) cases.
Nicole’s workers’ compensation practice also includes advising Ohio employers, third party administrators, PEO’s, and healthcare providers throughout the country before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation regarding contested coverage, employee classification, self-insurance compliance, and provider certification issues.
Nicole also helps employers develop transitional work programs to help employers keep their employees engaged in the workforce after an injury and reduce lost-time costs. She prepares Drug Free Safety Programs for Ohio employers and she educates employers regarding effective use of post-accident drug testing. She also works with employers to improve their workplace safety programs to reduce safety violations and OSHA issues.
Nicole routinely works with businesses to ensure that their employment practices best effectuate the goals of the company and promote a productive and thriving work environment for employees. She regularly prepares and revises industry-specific, tailored employee handbooks for employers to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. She also assists employers with common business concerns, such as non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, and implementation of progressive discipline programs. Finally, Nicole represents Ohio and Kentucky employers in contested unemployment compensation disputes.
Community Leadership Activities
Nicole greatly enjoys educating businesses through various speaking engagements at regional Safety Council meetings, local chamber of commerce events, and attorney continuing education seminars. She also partners with various Third Party Administrators and industry groups to educate their clients and members on important safety and workers’ compensation issues. Notably, she is also a repeat speaker at Ohio Safety Congress, which is Ohio’s largest occupational safety, health, and workers’ compensation conference.
Nicole is active in the Cincinnati dance community, and she has performed nationally and internationally as a dancer. She volunteers as a committee member for the Cincinnati Ballet’s Dancer Sponsorship committee, and she also teaches ballet at her alma mater, Miami University. Nicole also frequently returns to Miami University as a modern dance guest choreographer, and she has choreographed seven concert pieces for Miami University’s Dance Theatre company.
Miami University – (2002) – B.S. – Business Administration. Double majors in Operations Management and Purchasing/Procurement. Minor in Decision Sciences.
University of Dayton School of Law – (2006) – J.D. – Moot Court Board finalist, Moot Court Corporate Law Team
Professional Associations and Memberships
Ohio State Bar Association
Cincinnati Bar Association
Cincinnati Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee Board Member
OSIA – Ohio Self-Insurers Association
SWOSIA – Southwest Ohio Self-Insurers Association
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Anderson Township Economic Development Committee
Cincinnati Ballet Dancer Sponsorship Committee
Clermont County Chamber Meet the Buyer Committee Member