Nikole Setzler Mergo: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Nikole Setzler Mergo

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Privacy
  • Health Law
  • Business Disputes
  • Manufacturing
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Litigation
  • Health Care
University University of Virginia, B.A., in English, with distinction; Semi-Finalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1999; Senior Editorial Board Member of the Virginia Journal of International Law
Admitted1999, South Carolina; 2000, North Carolina; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Civic & Professional Memberships

•American Bar Association
•North Carolina Bar
•Richland County Bar Association
•South Carolina Bar
•Palmetto Center for Women, Board of Directors


Nikole Setzler Mergo represents some of South Carolina's largest manufacturers, health care providers and financial institutions, as well as locally-owned businesses.

She provides daily employment law advice and counseling and litigation defense to various corporate clients on issues involving virtually all aspects of employment law. She regularly represents businesses before the District Courts of South and North Carolina, the EEOC and SHAC, and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Nikole works for clients in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Her engagements are varied, but regularly provides advice and counsel on issues including:
•complex commercial litigation
•employment litigation defense
•unfair business practices
•healthcare employment law
•class actions/defense
•pharmaceutical pricing defense


Best Lawyers in America since 2013
• Legal Elite of the Midlands - Labor & Employment Law, 2013
•South Carolina Super Lawyer - Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Defense and Business Litigation (2012)
•IADC Trial Academy - 2003 Graduate
•Former Member, University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Regional Selection Committee

Speaking & Writing

Related News
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Eight Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List for South Carolina
April 30, 2013
14 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to Legal Elite of the Midlands
October 16, 2013

Related Events
Employment Law Certificate Series: Building Workplaces That Win
October 14, 2015
The New Relationship Between the Medical Staff & Physician Employment
December 12, 2013

Related Insights
Employers Faced January 1, 2013, Deadline to Update Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice
February 15, 2013
Update: Noncompete Agreements in SC are Worth More Than the Paper They're Written On
February 27, 2013


Nikole frequently writes and lectures about issues involving employment and labor law and health care.
•Employers Faced January 1, 2013, Deadline to Update Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice
SC Bar's Employment and Labor Law Newsletter: Winter 2013, February 15, 2013
•The South Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Blair Mathis v. Brown & Brown of South Carolina, in which Nexsen Pruet's Nikole Mergo filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Outside Nexsen Pruet

Outside Nexsen Pruet, Nikole is the mom of three beautiful boys and is married to Joe Mergo, III. She loves God and cherishes her family and always has a seat in the bleachers when her babies are up to bat. She is also an avid runner.

Reported CasesNotable: Midlands Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team 2013; Board of Directors for the Palmetto Center for Women; The Palmetto Center for Women's 2011 Corporate TWIN Award

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Nikole Setzler Mergo

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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