Community service and care have always been at the core of Gallie Miles Solicitor Nicole Porima’s approach. It’s why she’s known amongst her clients and colleagues as an empathetic lawyer with a huge heart. Here’s Nicole’s story.
As a 10-year-old at Vardon Primary School in Hamilton, Nicole Porima wrote a note in her school’s time capsule that she wanted to become a Lawyer.
“We opened the time capsule for Vardon Primary’s Jubilee and they pulled out my note. I had cut out a picture of a lawyer and stuck my face on it when I was 10 years old, so I guess that seed was sown early,” she laughs.
“I have always had a strong sense of justice and have been involved in the community with volunteering and the Hamilton Youth Council. I was always good at English at school, so I guess it was a natural step for me to study law.”
Mentored since she was a teenager by Gallie Miles Director Sue Garmonsway, Nicole joined the firm in 2020, following her OE in London.
She’s making a name for herself as an empathetic lawyer that goes the extra mile for clients.
“I have Maori heritage (my Iwi is Tainui) and I volunteer at the Waikato Community Law Centre, so I’ve always felt connected to the Waikato,” she says.
Nicole works on a range of legal matters across Gallie Miles, but specialises in Asset Protection from a relationship property perspective and claims against or involving Estates.
“Meeting with people from all walks of life on a daily basis. It is the best part of the job.”
Quick Fire Questions
Known for in the office: Empathy. They call me ‘Blue Flame’ – it relates to a personality test we did – I am in tune with how everyone’s feeling..
Would be voted ‘most likely to’: Adopt the underdog and fight for justice.
On the weekends likes to: Get outdoors and socialise. My partner Chris and I love to hike and camp especially.
Drives a: Kia Rio called “Roxy Rio”
Favourite meal: The food court butter chicken. Delicious!