Nikki D. Kessling


Nikki Kessling concentrates her practice on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, requests for accommodation, wage and hour laws, employee leave, contract disputes, unemployment and benefits claims, corporate transactions, reductions in force, and other workplace concerns. She has represented and advised management in all aspects of employment-related disputes before federal and state courts, federal and state administrative agencies, mediators, and arbitrators.

Nikki counsels employers in assessing workplace legal compliance; negotiating and drafting compensation, separation, settlement, and other agreements; evaluating, drafting, and revising employment policies and handbooks; and developing proactive ways to resolve disputes.

During law school, Nikki served as the chief notes and comments editor of the Houston Law Review. She also served as a judicial intern for Judge Gray Miller of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas.


Professional Activities

As part of her commitment to pro bono service, Nikki has served as a volunteer for the Election Protection Hotline and the Nationalities Service Center’s Refugee Green Card Clinic.



  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • University of Houston Law Center, JD, summa cum laude
  • University of Houston, BA, summa cum laude