Pennsylvania State University, B.A.
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
Speaks fluent Spanish and some French
Spending time with friends and family
Nicole Pérez-Lengel is a Member in the Philadelphia office of Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC. She focuses her practice on the areas of premises liability, products liability, municipal law and motor vehicle liability. Nicole regularly defends retail, restaurant and municipal clients, as well as premises owners and product manufacturers, against claims filed in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as other states across the country via pro hac vice admission.
Nicole graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2004 with a B.A. in International Politics and a Minor in International Studies. While at Penn State, Nicole served on the Communications Committee of the Penn State Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon (THON), where she and her fellow students and alumni helped to raise over $3.5 Million for the Four Diamonds Fund for cancer research. Nicole was also the recipient of the Burton-Waller Academic Scholarship.
After Penn State, Nicole attended Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, where she graduated with her J.D. in 2007 and was the recipient of the Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono service. During her time at Villanova, Nicole served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. Nicole also worked as a certified student attorney in the Villanova Clinic for Refugee and Emigrant Services (C.A.R.E.S.), where she successfully obtained political asylum for a refugee family under persecution. Also during law school, Nicole served as an extern for the Honorable Albert John Snite, Jr. in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and was chosen by the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association to serve a one-year federal externship with the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Nicole also participated in the Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law “Lawyering Together” program, where, as a student-attorney, she assisted with the defense of a high-profile federal RICO action.
Prior to joining Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC, Nicole worked for a large international defense firm in Philadelphia, where she handled cases in the areas of products liability, toxic tort, environmental law, premises liability, disability insurance and ERISA. Nicole was involved in all aspects of discovery and trial preparation and frequently prepared state and federal dispositive motions in cases alleging product defect, breach of warranty and claims of exposure to asbestos. In the field of asbestos litigation, Nicole has represented numerous companies in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, including equipment and component part manufacturers, as well as railroad and aviation companies in cases involving FELA claims and governmental contractor issues. Additionally, Nicole drafted a successful Petition for Allocatur to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the “any exposure” theory in asbestos litigation, where the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the holding of the trial court and entry of summary judgment in favor of the defendants.
Nicole also prepared appellate briefs to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was successful in obtaining the dismissal of a large biomedical client in a high-profile case involving allegations of genetic defect. She also assisted in the successful defense of a two-week catastrophic injury products liability trial, in the New Jersey Superior Court.
Nicole is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and playing tennis.