Nicole Crum, partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Education: Ohio State University, (B.A.) political science, 1999; Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, (J.D.) 2003; University of London (LLM), international law, 2004

Mentors: David Mahaffey, partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Nicole Crum has always followed her interests. She moved to London to study international law with a focus on investments in human rights, combining two pursuits that motivated her. During her time in London, she worked as a fellow at Amnesty International. And as Crum puts it, “I love school. If I could go to school for the rest of my life, I would.”

Crum moved back to the US to work with Amnesty International to pursue advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. A year later she joined Baker McKenzie doing securities, broker-dealer and adviser work. When one of the main partners from that practice moved to Winston & Strawn, so did Crum.

Two years later she joined Sullivan & Worcester.

“I asked them all kinds of questions that you normally don’t ask at an interview,” she recalled. “I told them I would not move unless it was long-term and was something I was really comfortable with, was a good fit, and a place that shared my values.”

In 2015 she became partner at the firm, where she focuses on registered funds.

Crum’s work representing fund boards and independent directors earned her appointment as the inaugural chair of the firm’s Board Advisory and Corporate Governance practice in 2017. This practice builds on the representation of financial services boards and clients and leverages firm-wide resources in representing mutual fund, private fund and operating company boards.

“I spend a lot of time representing the John Hancock Funds’ independent trustees,” Crum said. “I am with them through pretty much anything that comes before them. I speak to the chairman and other trustees very frequently and am there to support and advise them through any decisions or information that comes before the board,” she said.

Crum is also a leader within the firm and community on diversity, inclusion and the advancement of women. She is the firm-wide chair of the Women’s Initiative, and also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and Lateral Partner Hiring Committee. She is an advocate for the advancement of women in the legal profession and a mentor. As a result of her work, she was named a 2017 Legal Council for Legal Diversity fellow.

“I get calls from women in the firm and elsewhere to talk about the challenges that they’re facing or changes they want to affect in their organization.”

Besides being obsessed with hot yoga, Crum paints, works with the Girl Guides, and is raising two kids with her husband in Washington, D.C.