Nicole C. Baldwin


Nicole C. Baldwin litigates and counsels clients in employment law, business litigation, and is an experienced trial lawyer. She has over a decade of corporate defense litigation, and regularly counsels employers to emphasize the importance of prevention and training – with the goal of minimizing litigation risks and bringing well-being to the workplace. Ms. Baldwin encourages out of the box thinking, about topics such as mindful leadership, self-care, and how these ideas can be incorporated into a company’s culture.

An experienced employment litigator, Ms. Baldwin has tried cases involving claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Ms. Baldwin is also experienced in defending employers against class actions involving wage and hour claims.

Ms. Baldwin has defended a wide variety of clients, including family-owned San Diego companies and global corporations.  She vigorously litigates federal and state court matters in addition to representing employers in hearings and audits by administrative agencies.

In 2017, Ms. Baldwin became a board member of the SDHR Roundtable (now HR Café).  In 2019, Ms. Baldwin became the owner and President of HR Café, which provides continuing education credits and networking opportunities to the HR community in San Diego. 

Before joining Klinedinst, Ms. Baldwin taught Civil Litigation and Legal Research for UC San Diego Extension’s Paralegal Certificate Program.

In 2006 Ms. Baldwin received her J.D. from California Western School of Law. During her time in law school, she interned for the Navy JAG’s trial office in Japan, studied abroad in Barcelona, worked for a consumer protection law firm, volunteered as a law school ambassador, and conducted legal research for a law professor.

Prior to attending law school she graduated from Virginia Tech in 2003, where she obtained a B.A. in Communication/Journalism and a B.S. in Sociology. While in school she studied abroad in Croatia, Switzerland, and Italy, interned at NBC News, conducted survey research, hosted a college radio news program, wrote for the school paper, participated in journalism organizations, and was a substitute teacher at local elementary schools.