Rising Stars in Law: Nicole Masnica

Class of 2022

  • Category: BizTimes Milwaukee
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 12
  • Undergrad degree/university: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities B.S. - 2006
  • Graduate degree/university: University of Wisconsin Law School J.D. - 2010

Nicole Masnica worked with the state Public Defender’s Office for nine years before joining Milwaukee-based Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP in 2019. According to colleagues, she hit the ground running when she joined the firm.

“Nicole’s skills and dedication as a PD were immediately recognized in her representation and care she took with every new client. Nicole was so appreciated and had such successful results, especially in her appellate practice, that she has built her own steady referral base from satisfied clients,” said Britt Frank, marketing director at GRGB. 

Masnica was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2013 as an “Up and Coming Lawyer.” She was also named a 2022 “Elite Lawyer” and has appeared on Court TV as a commentator several times. 

Masnica has written for numerous publications and recently led an “Appeals 101” seminar for the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is also a member of the State Bar, Milwaukee Bar, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Waukesha County Bar Association, Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association and the Association for Women Lawyers. She is also on the board of the Elm Grove Junior Guild.