Nicole Knowlton, J.D.
Litigation Manager


Nicole Knowlton brings a unique background to MLG with over 20 years of psychology, dispute resolution and legal training. Knowlton has an extensive academic background with a double master’s level education in psychology and conflict resolution, along with a juris doctorate.

Knowlton graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management Information Systems, spending several years on the President and Dean’s List. Knowlton then obtained a Master of Art degree in Psychology from Chapman University. After 9 years of working as both an advocate and clinician with clients with disabilities, she became interested in the practice of law and alternate dispute resolution.

Knowlton then obtained a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School and a Master of Art degree in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University Straus Institute, a top ranked program worldwide.

During law school, Knowlton took the opportunity to fine tune her litigation and negotiation skills and studied abroad at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China and attended the Program on Negotiation from Harvard Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Knowlton also completed internships as a mediator with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Los Angeles County Small Claims Court.

Through her unique background, Knowlton has developed a comprehensive understanding of the litigation process, psychology of the key players (including jurors and opposing counsel) and expertise in settlement negotiations. Knowlton has worked in family law, employment law, civil litigation and comes to MLG from an automotive defense firm. Knowlton continues to work as a mental health clinician and is the proud mother of two sons, Daniel and Grant.


  • Chapman University – Psychology (M.A. 2011)
  • Pepperdine University Straus Institute – Alternate Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.  2020)
  • Whittier Law School (J.D. 2020)

Admissions & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Behavioral Science

Professional Organizations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

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