Nicole C. Freiler
Nicole C. Freiler is an Associate in the Healthcare Practice Group representing physicians and medical facilities in medical malpractice and liability matters. Her legal experience also includes defending municipalities in civil rights and employment matters. Ms. Freiler is a member of the firm’s Rapid Response and Incident Management Team, working with a group of skilled attorneys who serve as the front line of defense and support in protecting clients facing police or regulatory investigations, including sexual misconduct, physical abuse and neglect, child abuse and inappropriate touching.
Ms. Freiler received her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law, and earned a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara D. Crowell and Aida Waserstein in the Delaware State Family Court.
Ms. Freiler is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for both the Eastern and the Middle districts of Pennsylvania, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Areas of Law
- Healthcare and Long-Term Care
- Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2012)
- East Carolina University (M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, 2006; B.S., Family and Community Service, 2003)
Bar and Court Admissions
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Pennsylvania Defense Institute
- Selected for inclusion on the 2018 – 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” lists
- Co-Author, “Discovery Request in the Age of Electronic Medical Records: Ensuring Compliance with the HITECH Act and Related Laws” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 12, Issue 1, 2020
- Obtained summary judgment for municipal defendant in a lawsuit alleging that officers used excessive force and failed to provide adequate medical care to an inmate. Successfully defended Plaintiff’s appeal to the Third Circuit.
- Obtained Judgment on the Pleadings for municipal client (township) on a state created danger claim involving allegations that the township failed to properly design and maintain a drainage culvert. Plaintiff was a child who was swept up into the culvert during a storm and sustained traumatic brain injury and significant physical injuries as a result of near-drowning.
- Defended county prison in a matter alleging failure to provide adequate supervision and medical care to an inmate who was found unresponsive in her cell. It was determined that she died of respiratory failure. The case ultimately settled.
- Obtained a defense verdict in favor of police officers in a lawsuit alleging excessive use of force and failure to intervene. Second chaired a three day jury trial.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal employer in a lawsuit involving ADA and FMLA claims. Plaintiff alleged that she had been improperly terminated for exercising her ADA and FMLA rights.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal defendant in matter involving allegations that police officers had their hours reduced and/or were terminated after they formed a union. Successfully defended an appeal to the third circuit.
- Defended municipal employer in a lawsuit involving allegations that county commissioners improperly shut down a county weatherizarion department because its employees refused to falsify records and provide services to friends and family members of commissioners who did not qualify for them. Second chaired a 2 day preliminary injunction hearing. The matter ultimately settled.