Nichole Jongsma Derks

Nichole Jongsma Derks (Holland, Michigan)

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.


•21 Foster Swift Attorneys named to 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 8, 2015
•Nichole Derks Re-appointed as Co-chair of SBM Criminal Jurisprudence and Practice Committee, July 10, 2015
•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, Michigan Township Association, January 26, 2011
•Domestic Violence, Resources, and Impact on Families, In Her Shoes Radio Show, July 17, 2010
•Criminal Deferrals and Expungement, Ingham County Criminal Law Seminar, May 2010
•Proposed Legislation to Eliminate No-Fault Divorce in Michigan, Michael Patrick Shiels in the Morning Show, March 1, 2010
•Child Custody and Parenting Time Nuts and Bolts, Foster Swift Family Law In House CLE, February 26, 2009
•Practical Pointers for Plea Hearings, Ingham County Court Appointed Counsel Training, January 24, 2009


•I Beg You To Reconsider Your Disorderly Person Ordinance: Michigan's Panhandling Statute Declared Unconstitutional, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, September 26, 2013
•Yes, You Can Open Carry In The Library, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, January 2013
•Damages Upheld Against City Where Property Owner Relied On Improper Building Permit, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, December 2012
•Update: Local Municipalities Recently Enabled To Prosecute Super Drunk Drivers, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, March 2012
•Municipalities Given Greater Flexibility To Share Services, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, January 2012
•Proposed Legislation Would Allow Local Municipalities to Prosecute “Super Drunks”, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, November 2011

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Licensing - Professional - Business - Government
  • Family Law
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Parent-Child Law
  • Adoption Law
  • Municipal Prosecution
  • General Litigation
  • Immigration Law
  • Probate & Estate Planning

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
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
Associations & Memberships

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:

•State Bar of Michigan
•District E Character and Fitness Committee
•Standing Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and Practice, Co-Chair
•Ingham County Bar Association
•Federal Bar Association, Western Michigan Chapter
•American Bar Association
•Ottawa County Bar Association
•fellow, American Bar Foundation

Industry & Professional Associations:

•American Inns of Court, Michigan State University Chapter
•Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
•Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
•ATHENA Women's Interest Network
•Lansing Teen Court Program, Volunteer Honorary Judge
•Ottawa County Board, Community Corrections Advisory
•Board Member, Ottawa County Bar Association Board of Directors
•Secretary, Opera Affiliates Board

Community Contributions

Community Contributions
Articles Blogs Q&A

Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
Central Avenue Financial Center, 151 Central Avenue, Suite 260,
Holland, MI 49423
Social Networking
Office Information
Office Information
Nichole Jongsma Derks
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
Central Avenue Financial Center, 151 Central Avenue, Suite 260,
Holland, MI 49423

Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. (Holland, Michigan)