October 23, 2014

Standish native recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Proulx says she tries to visit hometown as much as possible

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Standish native Nicole Proulx was recently named one of Michigan's "Up and Coming Lawyers" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
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STANDISH — Since graduating from Standish-Sterling Central High School in 1997, Nicole Proulx has moved on to a law career and recognition from a Michigan legal newspaper for her work.

However, Proulx said she is proud to have grown up in Standish.

“Growing up, I remember a lot of friends saying Standish is so small,” she said. “I thank God I grew up there.”

Proulx, currently an associate attorney with the firm Fraser Trebilcock Davis and Dunlap, P.C., was selected as one of “Michigan’s Up and Coming Lawyers” by the Michigan legal newspaper, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, according to an Oct. 18 press release from Fraser Trebilcock. The firm has offices in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Washington, D.C., and according to its website, Proulx works out of its Lansing office.

“It was very humbling,” Proulx said of earning the award.

Proulx said Gary Rogers, one of her colleagues at Fraser Trebilcock, nominated her for the Michigan Lawyers Weekly honor.

“He has been a fabulous mentor,” she said. “I can probably say a lot of the reason I won this is because of the things I learned from him and other attorneys here. I owe a lot to them.”

Proulx said when she was growing up in Standish, she made up her mind in the eighth grade that she wanted to pursue a law career.

“I couldn’t pinpoint one reason,” she said. “I was always interested in law. I remember talking to my best friend and telling her I wanted to be an attorney.”

Proulx earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2001, and followed that up by earning her Juris Doctor degree from Michigan in 2004.

She said the fact she was a big Michigan fan growing up influenced her decision to pursue her undergraduate degree there, but noted that she faced a dilemma making that decision.

“I was involved with athletics throughout high school,” she said. “I was being recruited for track by Alma.”

Proulx said it was a difficult choice between accepting a track and field scholarship from Alma and pursuing her dream of attending Michigan. She said she talked with her parents about the situation, and she said her parents encouraged her to follow her dreams.

In addition, Proulx said she talked to Michigan’s track coach once she arrived on campus, and was able to join the Wolverines as a walk-on team member. She said that participating in athletics at a Big Ten Conference university was a major accomplishment.

Proulx said that she was accepted to a number of law schools prior to her earning her bachelor’s degree, but added that she enjoyed her time as an undergraduate at Michigan so much that she decided to continue there to pursue her law degree. She said she interviewed for a summer associate’s position at Fraser Trebilcock between her second and third years at Michigan’s law school.

“It’s a way to get students connected with employees,” she said. “The goal would be to lead to a permanent position.”

Proulx worked as a summer associate at Fraser Trebilcock in the summer of 2003, and after passing her bar exam, was hired for a permanent position at that firm in August 2004. Fraser Trebilcock’s website states that she is currently a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Litigation and Labor Employment sections, as well as a member of the American Bar Association, the Ingham County Bar Association, and a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Mid-Michigan Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Proulx said she currently works in the general civil litigation department at Fraser Trebilcock, with a focus on insurance defense work and employment litigation.

“I’ve always had an interest in employment litigation,” she said.

Despite the fact she currently lives in Lansing, Proulx said that Standish still has a close-knit quality, and added that she often encounters familiar faces when visiting the local grocery store or other places in the community. Proulx also said the majority of her family, including her parents, grandparents, a sister, and three nieces and nephews, still live in Standish.

“I can still run into people I’ve known for years,” she said. “It has that family feeling to it. I’m constantly running into somebody. I try to come back as often as I can. I try for at least once a month.”

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