Nicole Pifari is a member of the Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC (“RLS”) Legal Defense Group. She represents officers in criminal investigations and prosecutions, administrative investigations, disciplinary appeals, and Brady list appeals. She also responds to critical incidents.
Nicole has successfully defended criminal cases in both state and federal court. Most recently she achieved a significant victory at trial when the court exercised a rarely-used power to dismiss the case and enter a judgment of acquittal prior to sending the jury to deliberate. Her client in that case, a San Francisco deputy sheriff, was accused of excessive force.
Nicole second-chaired several other trial victories including the complete acquittal of a Huntington Park police officer for three counts of child abuse and excessive force, and the full acquittal of a Pomona Corporal in federal court of one count of felony excessive force and two counts of felony obstruction of justice. Nicole also authored the motion that led to the dismissal of all criminal charges against San Francisco deputies, including Scott Neu, in alleged “fight club” case. Deputy Neu had faced a total of 15 felony and misdemeanor charges.
Nicole is a graduate of UC Hastings School of Law. Prior to law school, she was a police officer for the City of Missoula, Montana. During her time at Missoula PD, she was a canine officer and a member of the POA Board of Directors.
Before joining the firm, she did work for the Oakland City Attorney’s Office in the Public Safety Unit as well as for the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office in the misdemeanor jury trial unit.
Disclaimer: Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee.
• B.A., University of Montana. Missoula, Montana.
• J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law. San Francisco, California.