Kate M. Nicholson

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Civil Rights Attorney, Pain and Addiction Advocate

Kate Nicholson, JD, is a health policy and civil rights attorney, formerly of the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division.  She is a nationally-recognized expert in the Americans with Disabilities Act. At DOJ, she brought foundational ADA cases, including in the U.S. Supreme Court, primarily drafted the current ADA regulations, and oversaw litigation both within the division and in U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide.

Since 2016, she has been advocating about the treatment of pain and addiction. Kate developed persistent pain following a surgical mishap that left her largely unable sit, stand or walk for many years.  She gave a recent TEDx talk about pain, and regularly speaks at universities and to medical clinicians.  She has published opinion pieces in such publications as The Hill, The LA Times, The Washington Post, and STAT and is currently working with David Black Literary Agency on a book that pivots from her personal story to examine pain policy and the opioid crisis.

Kate was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/u4vHSLeTe-s

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