The leader in workers’ compensation defense law.

Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

Nicol Harper has been practicing in the California workers’ compensation system since 2013, predominantly as a defense attorney. She has represented employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation and related matters. Nicol came to Mullen and Filippi in January 2020. She has experience in negotiating the employers’ lien in third-party subrogation claims. The majority of Nicol’s practice has been at the Pomona, Riverside, and San Bernardino Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards, where she has developed working relationships with Applicant Attorneys and the Workers’ Compensation Judges at each venue.


In 2005, Nicol graduated cum laude from Whittier College where she majored in Political Science and minored in Religious Studies. She was also a president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; and a member of Phi Sigma Tau, the national philosophy honor society. Nicol attended Western State University College of Law.

Professional Membership

Nicol has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2012 and is a current member of the workers’ compensation section of the State Bar of California.

Personal Note

Attorneys are said to be trained in the “art of persuasion.” Attorneys work to persuade opposing counsel that our position on an issue is correct. We work to persuade the court to agree with our position and rule in our favor. We work to persuade juries that our interpretation of events or circumstances are correct and to return a decision in our favor. We work to persuade clients that our recommended course of action is in their best interest and they should follow our advice. It is incredibly satisfying when I am able to develop, and support, a unique argument on behalf of my client and then persuade opposing counsel or the court to my position.

I learned wood carving when I was 9 years-old and it is something I still enjoy doing today. While I do not consider myself artistic, I have a great appreciation for art and I am particularly drawn to the paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Some like to compare and contrast the David sculptures from Bernini and Michelangelo. I like both sculptures: Michelangelo's captures the psychological preparation; Bernini's captures the determination.