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Nikelle represents clients in all aspects of local government and real estate with an emphasis in land use and real estate development, public-private partnerships, procurement, and governmental affairs.

Her work includes zoning, permitting, land use planning, development application processing and representation before local city councils, business development, relationship management, economic development, zoning boards of adjustment, planning commissions, local governing bodies and state and local agencies. In short, she helps clients navigate real estate development projects through governmental approvals.

She also has vast experience in commercial transactions including purchases and sales, leases, public financing and general contracts.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Nikelle was a partner at Brown McCarroll.

Nikelle is a member of the firm’s Executive Board.

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow




  • Austin Black Business Journal, Top 10 Central Texas Lawyers, 2019
  • Austin Black Business Journal, Achievements in Black Austin, 2019
  • Austin Monthly magazine, Top Austin Attorney, Land Use Environment, 2019
  • The Business Journals' Influencers: Law, 2018
  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers In America®, Real Estate Law, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, 2018-2021, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2020-2021; Best Lawyers® Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year," Austin, 2021
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Outstanding Community Leader Award, 2013
  • Austin Business Journal, Top 20 People to Know, 2012
  • Austin Business Journal, Profiles in Power Award, 2009
  • Austin Under 40, winner; Frost Bank Legal Award, 2007
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, 2013-present
  • Texas Monthly, Top Women Attorneys in Texas, 2020
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2004-2006, Land Use/Zoning, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, 2016-2019


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • Endowed Presidential Scholar, 1992-1995
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • English and Psychology
    • Texas Excellence Scholar, 1988-1992


  • Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section; State and Local Government Law Section, Land Use Committee Report, chair, 2012-2013; Continuing Legal Education, chair, 2012-2013; Revenue Development, chair; council member, 2013-2014
  • American Planning Association, state chapter and national chapter
  • Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), Transportation Committee, Strategic Leadership Committee, Water and Energy Committee
  • Austin Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Administrative Law Section
  • Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Board of Directors, Secretary; Right-of-Way Acquisition Committee, Chair, Appointee of Travis County
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Austin Chapter
  • Greater San Marcos Partnership, lead investor, general counsel
  • International Bridge, Turnpike and Tunnel Association
  • National Council for Public Private Partnerships, Member
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Central Texas Chapter
  • Real Estate Council of Austin, Immediate Past President, Executive Committee Member, PAC Member
  • Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, Momentum Investor Group
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Business Section
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Austin Chapter Advisory Board


  • German, conversant
  • Spanish, conversant
  • Italian, conversant
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in negotiation of economic development incentives from state and local governments for the construction of a major industrial facility.
  • Represented a commercial real estate developer for a high-rise condominium development in Austin’s central business district and surrounding areas.
  • Counseled a national real estate investment trust (REIT) in entitlement matters.
  • Represented a property owner association in the negotiation of entitlements with a national developer for a $100 million development project.
  • Represented a multifamily housing developer for the creation of a public-private partnership to develop a 250-unit apartment development.
  • Advised an international developer in 5,000-acre mixed-use development with public financing.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in negotiation of a services contract with a local governmental body.
News Releases | September 03, 2019
Nine Husch Blackwell Lawyers Named to 2019 Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers

Covering more than 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers is a directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 06, 2019
Austin Monthly Names 12 From Husch Blackwell as Top Austin Attorneys

The Top Austin Attorney listing was compiled through an online peer-voting process.

News Releases | February 05, 2019
Nikelle Meade Named to Austin Black Business Journal Top 10 Central Texas Lawyers

Nikelle Meade, partner in Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate & Development Group, has been named a 2019 Top 10 Central Texas Lawyer by the Austin Black Business Journal.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Community Leadership
  • African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, Board of Directors 
  • Austin Business Journal, Mentoring Monday
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors; Facilities Committee, chair
  • Ballet Austin, Board of Directors; Governmental Relations Committee, chair
  • i2M (Innovation to Market), Board of Directors
  • Hill Country Conservancy, Board of Directors, 2000-2012; president, 2009-2012
  • Long Center, Community Advisory Board

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