FAQ: Are You Licensed in States Beyond New York?

No. Although I did my first year of law school at the University of Pittsburgh, sued a prior employer in Texas, and have supported my given and chosen family members through legal matters in Kentucky, I chose to focus on New York law, when I graduated from the State University of New York University at Buffalo in 2001. Sixteen years ago, my plan had been to get six years of experience in New York City and later obtain licensure in the state where I would start my private practice. Instead, I started my own practice here in 2003 and am learning that, as much as I would like to be, I can’t be everything to everyone. Fortunately, there are some great attorneys practicing in every state.

As far as mediation of coaching are concerned, I typically don’t have to be licensed to practice law in your state because we won’t actually be focusing on the law as much as your interests, beliefs, wants, and needs surrounding a dispute. If the legal issues are complicated, you might still have an attorney representing you, especially if there are deadlines (or statutes of limitations) nearing.

I am currently only listed in the New York metropolitan area as a FINRA arbitrator, and I do have my federal court admission here. I find that is plenty to keep me busy for awhile. But if you are looking for services outside of New York, feel free to reach out. If I can’t help you directly, I can often match you with someone who can. You might also encourage me to look beyond The Big Apple again.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick. Her holistic, integrative approach draws from her experience as a human resources supervisor, as well as her legal and EEOC training. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist). Most recently, she attained her certificate in Ethno-Religious Conflict Mediation and now serves as the Main ICERM Representative to the United Nations.