Nikki C. Carsley


Nikki Carsley’s civil-litigation practice focuses on municipal liability, aviation law, and tort liability. She also handles employment matters and commercial and property disputes. She litigates in both state and federal courts. Nikki joined the firm in 2013 after graduating from the University of Washington School of Law with high honors. During law school, Nikki served as a managing editor for the Washington Law Review and was selected by the faculty as a teaching assistant for first-year legal writing classes. Prior to joining Mills Meyers Swartling, Nikki externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, cooking, traveling, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Super Lawyers Magazine selected Nikki to its “Rising Stars” list in 2016 and 2017.


Rated by Super Lawyers 

Professional and Community Activities


  • King County Bar Association
  • King County Washington Women Lawyers
  • Northwest Aviation Insurance Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, Member


  • Junior League of Seattle, Active Member (Project Development Committee)
  • Seattle Works, Team Works, Volunteer, 2014-present
  • University of Washington School of Law, Mentor, 2015-present
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington, Board Member, 2011-2012, and Clinic Volunteer, 2010-2012

Publications and Speaking Engagements




  • Presenter, “The Innocence Project Northwest: The Case of Brandon Olebar,” Community Event, Mirabella Seattle, 2014


  • Selected to Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2016 and 2017

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in Business Organizations

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in Criminal Procedure