Nicole R. Hittner


Nicole Hittner uses her financial background and over a decade of legal experience to assist a broad array of clients on business-critical matters. While Nicole focuses primarily on mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures for her clients, she also regularly provides ongoing counseling to companies on complex legal matters. Nicole is able to provide a unique perspective, incisive problem-solving, and practical advice.

Nicole counsels private equity firms and other businesses on deal documents, negotiating strategies, and day-to-day operations. She assists both buyers and sellers in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, food, health care, and hospitality. Nicole serves as outside counsel to various private equity portfolio companies and provides ongoing advice with respect to contract drafting, negotiation, and general business matters. Previously, Nicole was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a CPA (inactive).


Representative Matters

  • Represented management team of large private-equity backed ed-tech entity in a complex sale transaction
  • Ongoing representation of a custom plastics manufacturing and distribution company, including in connection with all M&A activity
  • Ongoing representation of a lifestyle brand company which has offerings from athletic wear to extreme racing events

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Minnesota Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named a 2019 Top Woman in Finance by Finance & Commerce

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2009-present

Speaking Engagements

"Women to Watch – Legal Watch Weekly Contributor," 1210 WPHT, May 2020-present

"Women to Watch Featured Guest," 1210 WPHT, April 5, 2020

Panelist, "Women in Law," University of Minnesota/WLSA, March 2019

Board Memberships & Community Service

Association of Corporate Growth Capital Connection, Planning Committee Member

Dakota County Conciliation Court, Referee, 2013-present

Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2008-present


"Allyship," Hennepin County Lawyer, February 2020

"Ballard Spahr pushes for more female equity partners," Philadelphia Business Journal, October 22, 2019

"Ballard Spahr pushes for more female equity partners, names local attorney to oversee effort," Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, October 21, 2019



William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
Editorial Board, Law Review

New York University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2000)