Nicole Hyland – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

488 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10022, United States

  • 212-826-5552

Practice/Organization Description

I am a New York lawyer focusing on legal ethics, professional responsibility and legal malpractice. Attorneys and law firms come to me for advice on their ethical duties or to defend them against ethics allegations and legal malpractice claims. I guide lawyers through difficult conflict of interest questions, disqualification motions, law firm partnership negotiations, retainer agreement and billing questions, escrow issues and more.

In addition to my legal ethics practice, I represent media and entertainment clients in commercial and intellectual property disputes.

I speak regularly on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters, including legal ethics for entertainment and IP lawyers. I also contribute to the Legal Ethics Forum blog (

I am the Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA). I also serve as co-chair, along with Judge Barbara Jaffe, of the Ethics Committee of the New York Women's Bar Association (NYWBA) and co-chair, along with Deborah Scalise of the Ethics Committee of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). I also serve as vice-chair of the Ethics Committee of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). I am active in the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL).

Disclaimer: The material posted here provides general coverage of its subject area. It is provided with the understanding that neither I nor Frankfurt Kurnit is engaged herein in rendering legal advice, and shall not be liable for any damages resulting from any error, inaccuracy, or omission. Frankfurt Kurnit's attorneys practice law only in jurisdictions in which they are properly authorized to do so. We do not seek to represent clients in other jurisdictions.

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar



Second Circuit


Fordham University School of Law

Professional Associations & Memberships

New York City Bar Association, New York Women's Bar Association, Media Law Resource Center, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Honors and Awards

Named as 2013 Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Professional Malpractice
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