Nicole M. Santo, a Principal of HKQ Law and member of the Personal Injury Team, joined the firm in 2010. Her practice is focused on litigating all types of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice claims, motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, products liability, and crashworthiness claims. Since joining the firm, she has been involved in the litigation and settlement of multiple complex cases, including the Kuchwara and Readler matters, as reported in the Verdicts & Settlements section of this web site, and other cases which have resulted in confidential settlements. She prides herself on being passionate about her cases and working hard for her clients so they can obtain just compensation for their injuries.
Attorney Santo was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, graduating from Wyoming Seminary in Kingston. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, public relations and international studies, with a minor in Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, she spent a semester studying in Barcelona, Spain, served as president of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
In 2010, Attorney Santo earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, where she was named valedictorian of her class and graduated summa cum laude. While at Widener, she earned awards for receiving the highest grade in six of her classes, served as president of Widener’s Student Bar Association, and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Attorney Santo and her partner were the first back-to-back winners of Widener’s Delaware-Harrisburg Internal Moot Court Competition, and she was chosen as the Best Oralist of the 2010 competition. She also served on the editorial board of the Widener Law Journal, where she organized a comprehensive symposium, “Internet Expression in the 21st Century: Where Technology and Law Collide,” and published a survey, “Delineating the Power of the Governor and the General Assembly with Respect to Appropriations in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Jubelirer v. Rendell.” At graduation, Attorney Santo was presented with the Dean Anthony J. Santoro Outstanding Service Award and the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court Award.
Prior to joining HKQ Law, she served as a legal intern in the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Public Utility Commission’s Law Bureau. She also served as a judicial clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin. She is currently licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is a member of the Luzerne County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
- Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, 2010-Present
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, Judicial Law Clerk, 2009-2010
- Public Utility Commission Law Bureau, Legal Intern, 2009
- Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Legal Intern, 2008
- Widener University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2010
- Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude
- The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts, 2007
- Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & RECOGNITIONS
- Named in the Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in 2019 & 2020
- Named to Super Lawyers Rising Star List 2017 - 2019, Personal Injury, Plaintiff
- Awarded the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Under 40, 2018 - 2019
- Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
- Admitted to Practice:
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- Superior Court of Pennsylvania
- Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Board of Trustees Member, Wyoming Seminary
- Board Member, Dress for Success Luzerne County