Nichole Jongsma Derks

Attorney in Holland, MI
Nichole joined Foster Swift in 2009 as a member of the General Litigation Group. She was formerly an associate at the Reynolds Law Firm and accompanied Frank Reynolds when he moved to Foster Swift. Her practice focuses in the areas of criminal defense, domestic relations, family law and criminal prosecution for municipalities.

Nichole has extraordinary courtroom experience for an associate attorney. She handles all types of criminal cases in state and federal courts. Additionally, she represents parents seeking to maintain their rights and assists parties through divorce, child custody, and adoption situations. Nichole also assists with USCIS applications and matters before the U.S. Immigration Court. She sustains relationships with a wide range of experts which are key in helping her to achieve optimal results for clients. It's for these reasons that Nichole is such a sought after criminal defense lawyer.

She has published several articles for the Ingham County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and other publications.

Born in Zeeland, Michigan, Nichole spent her undergraduate years at Ohio State University, where she majored in Criminology and Political Science. She received her juris doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law.


Nichole Derks Appointed to Ottawa County Community Corrections Advisory Board, February 12, 2013
Changing Family Units Create Demand for Parent-Child Law Practice, February 26, 2010
Nichole J. Derks Joins Foster Swift, January 1, 2009

Speaking Engagements

Ask a Lawyer Zachary W. Behler, Michael R. Blum, Lindsey E. Bosch, Nichole Jongsma Derks, Laura J. Genovich, Michael D. Homier, John M. Kamins, Ronald D. Richards Jr., Anne M. Seurynck Michigan Township Association January 26, 2011
Domestic Violence, Resources, and Impact on Families Nichole Jongsma Derks In Her Shoes Radio Show July 17, 2010
Criminal Deferrals and Expungement Nichole Jongsma Derks Ingham County Criminal Law Seminar May 2010
Proposed Legislation to Eliminate No-Fault Divorce in Michigan Nichole Jongsma Derks Michael Patrick Shiels in the Morning Show March 1, 2010
Child Custody and Parenting Time Nuts and Bolts Nichole Jongsma Derks Foster Swift Family Law In House CLE February 26, 2009
Practical Pointers for Plea Hearings Nichole Jongsma Derks Ingham County Court Appointed Counsel Training January 24, 2009
National Trial Advocacy Competition Mock Trial Judge Nichole Jongsma Derks Michigan State University College of Law October 2007 and 2008
Volunteer Honorary Judge Nichole Jongsma Derks Lansing Teen Court Program (Thomas M. Cooley Law School) September 2007, January and July 2008
Forensic Science Nichole Jongsma Derks, Frank H. Reynolds East Lansing High School December 4, 2007


I Beg You To Reconsider Your Disorderly Person Ordinance: Michigan's Panhandling Statute Declared Unconstitutional Nichole Jongsma Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News September 26, 2013
Yes, You Can Open Carry In The Library Nichole Jongsma Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News January 2013

The Michigan Court of Appeals struck down a district library's policy which banned weapons from library premises. The Court stated that the Library's no weapons policy was preempted by the state law. Damages Upheld Against City Where Property Owner Relied On Improper Building Permit Nichole Jongsma Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News December 2012

In Kalkman, the Court found in favor of a property owner who relied on a building permit issued by the City of the Village of Douglas, even though the building permit was improperly issued. Update: Local Municipalities Recently Enabled To Prosecute Super Drunk Drivers Nichole Jongsma Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News March 2012

In February, 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law legislation that allows Michigan cities, townships, and villages to prosecute super drunk drivers-drivers whose blood alcohol levels exceed. 17. Generally, local ordinances may not impose penalties beyond 93 days in jail or a $500 fine. Municipalities Given Greater Flexibility To Share Services Nichole Jongsma Derks & Ronald D. Richards Jr. Foster Swift Municipal Law News January 2012

Governor Snyder recently signed into law several new laws, 2011 PA 258 to 263, that aim to remove confusion some felt existed in the current inter-governmental agreement laws and streamline how municipalities can work together to share services. They are designed to give municipal officials improved options when deciding how to spend their limited resources and in collaborating to provide desired services. Proposed Legislation Would Allow Local Municipalities to Prosecute “Super Drunks” Nichole J. Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News November 2011

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee approved a package of bills that would allow cities, townships, and villages to enforce the 2010 Super Drunk Law. Will Medical Marijuana Users be Effectively Barred From Driving? Nichole J. Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News April 2011

Attorney General Bill Schuette has chimed in to support a county prosecutor's decision to prosecute a medical marijuana user for driving with the presence of marijuana in the user's system. Municipal Prosecutions of Drunk Driving Under the New “Super Drunk” Law Nichole J. Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News October 2010

Michigan's new Super Drunk law takes effect October 31, 2010. Recent Events Regarding the Medical Marijuana Act - A Flurry of Activity Tries to Clarify Foggy Law Ronald D. Richards Jr. & Nichole J. Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News October 2010

Municipalities across the state are considering how, if at all, they can - or should - regulate marijuana use and distribution centers. Michigan's New Texting Ban Effective July 1, 2010 Patricia Scott & Nichole J. Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News July 2010

As you may know, Michigan's new texting ban went into effect July 1, 2010. What is Cap and Trade? Nichole J. Derks American Bar Association 101 Practice Series May 2010
Preserving Issues for Appeal: Tips from Practitioners Nichole J. Derks Ingham County Bar Briefs March 2010
Protecting Your Reputation While Using Social Media Nichole J. Derks Foster Swift Municipal Law News March 2010

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can be great ways to promote a public body's activities, inform about services offered, connect with the community and share information. Points to Practice Nichole J. Derks Ingham County Bar Briefs February 2010
Sex Offender Registration for HYTA Defendants is Ruled Unconstitutional Nichole J. Derks Ingham County Bar Association Briefs January 2010
All Rise! Nichole J. Derks Ingham County Bar Association Briefs September 2009
How to Preserve Issues for Appeal: Tips from the Bench Nichole J. Derks & Liza C. Moore Ingham County Bar Association Briefs June 2009
Beyond Client Control: Practical Tips for Managing Third Parties in your Cases Nichole J. Derks Ingham County Bar Association Briefs November 2008
A New Argument for Defense of Habitual Drunk Drivers Nichole J. Derks Ingham County Bar Association Briefs January 2008

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Areas of Law

  • Criminal Law
  • Licensing - Professional - Business - Government
  • Family Law
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Parent-Child Law
  • Adoption Law
  • Municipal Prosecution
  • General Litigation
  • Immigration Law


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 2006, Michigan
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
All Michigan State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Law School Attended

Michigan State University College of Law
Class of 2006

University Attended

The Ohio State University
Class of 2003
Criminology and Political Science

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Memberships & AffiliationsLegal Affiliations:•State Bar of Michigan
•District E Character and Fitness Committee
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Nichole Jongsma Derks
Central Avenue Financial Center 151 Central Avenue, Suite 260,
Holland, MI 49423


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