Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esquire


 
Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esquire — Lawyer in Warrendale,PA
 
As a former prosecutor, responsible for the Mental Health Court (MHC) program, and Chief Law Clerk for two President Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, Attorney Henry-Taylor has had the unique opportunity to view the judicial system from the perspective of both the Commonwealth and the Court. As the sole Assistant Attorney to run MHC, she participated in the first of its kind Rand Corporation study called Justice, Treatment and Cost: An Evaluation of the Fiscal Impact of Allegheny County Mental Health Court. As an Assistant DA she also helped develop an experimental Drug Rehabilitation program with District Magistrate, Robert Wyda.

Additionally, Attorney Henry-Taylor resolved domestic disturbance cases and worked in Juvenile Court on cases involving abused and neglected children (Dependency) and involving the criminal conduct of minors (Delinquency). Attorney Henry-Taylor continues to serve as Guardian ad litem, CJA Federal Public Defender Panel Attorney, Parent Advocate Panel Attorney and court appointed conflicts counsel. Her experience is invaluable to clients in determining case strategies.
 
Henry-Taylor is the Secretary of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Ms. Henry-Taylor was the practitioner at the Law Office of Nicola Henry-Taylor LLC, where her practice focused on criminal law, family law and immigration matters. Ms. Henry-Taylor is heavily involved in many facets of the ACBA. She is a founding member and past chair of the Diversity Collaborative Committee, has served as a Governor on the ACBA Board of Governors and is a former Chair of the Women in the Law Division. As a member of WLD, she has chaired three subcommittees: diversity collaborative, program development and professional development. As the chair of these subcommittees, she has coordinated numerous successful ACBA programs, including the WLD Roundtable Series. She has also served as Vice Chair, and Chair, of the ACBA Judiciary Committee. Henry-Taylor is a member of the Women in the Law Division, Homer S. Brown Division, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section, Family Law Section, By-Laws Committee, Diversity Collaborative Committee and Judicial Excellence Committee. She was appointed to serve on the ACBA Nominating Committee and the ACBA Board of Governors ad hoc Diversity Directory Committee. Ms. Henry-Taylor is also active in the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, serving as an ACBF Fellow.

Outside of the ACBA, Ms. Henry-Taylor is also involved in numerous other legal and community organizations. She has been an active participant of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee, and has participated in other community and professional activities such as Genesis of Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Legal Services Association Pro Bono PFA Project, Auberle Mentoring Program and the Homeless Children's Education Fund. She has been named to a second three-year term as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a board member of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

Ms. Henry-Taylor is a 1996 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University. She was the recipient of the 2010 Slippery Rock University Outstanding Young Alumni Award, was recognized as a Rising Star for the PBA Minority Bar Committee, received the Duquesne University Women's Law Association Woman of the Year Award for 2014, and won the Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania's Susan B. Anthony Award.
 
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