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Nicole Horberg Decter


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Nicole (Nikki) Horberg Decter advises unions on all aspects of labor-management relations and represents unions in arbitration and in litigation. Her union practice includes representation in both public and private sector bargaining contexts. She also represents individuals in wage and hour and discrimination litigation and negotiates employment contracts and severance agreements.

As union counsel, Nikki has represented unions before arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, as well as the Massachusetts state and federal courts. Her labor practice also includes contract negotiations, client counseling and legislative drafting.

As an attorney for individuals, Nikki has represented individuals in the Massachusetts state and federal courts, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, and the MCAD. Her clients come from a diverse array of backgrounds and include executives, professionals, academics, manual laborers, technicians, and artists.

Nikki was named a New England “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She has served on the Board of the Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section as the co-chair of its Labor sub-committee.

Nikki began her legal career as a legal fellow in the General Counsel’s Office of the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. She lives with her family in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Practice Areas


Boston College Law School, J.D. (2001)

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Department of Political Science, M.A. (1998)

Brandeis University, B.A.,
cum laude (1995)

Bar Admissions
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

New York State

United States District Court
for the District of Massachusetts

United States Bankruptcy Court
for the District of Massachusetts

United States Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit