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Nicole M. Santo | Personal Injury Lawyer

P: (570) 287-3000 Ext. 1130

"Achieving justice and peace of mind for my clients."

HQK Law Personal Injury Attorney | Nicole M. Santo

HQK Law Personal Injury Attorney | Nicole M. Santo

Nicole M. Santo
Personal Injury Lawyer

P: (570) 287-3000 Ext. 1130

"Achieving justice and peace of mind for my clients."


PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

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.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

  • 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

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Board of Trustees Member, Wyoming Seminary
  • Board Member, Dress for Success Luzerne County

 

As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.


These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.

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