Nicole Whyte has been identified by the well-recognized Daily Journal as one of California’s top 100 women attorneys. She has also been selected as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys. Ms. Whyte is also a founding principal of Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara LLP. Admitted to the South African Supreme Court in 1990, the California State Bar in 1991, the Nevada State Bar in 2000, the Washington D.C. State Bar in 2011, and the Washington State Bar in 2012, Ms. Whyte has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation. She focuses her practice in the areas of family law, complex civil litigation, trucking law and insurance defense. Ms. Whyte has successfully handled hundreds of complex, multi-million dollar lawsuits and has been awarded the highest accolade in Martindale-Hubbell: an AV rating. This was as a result of an extensive, confidential review conducted among the legal profession in her community. The AV rating signifies Ms. Whyte’s legal abilities are of the very highest standard and her professional ethics are unquestioned. Ms. Whyte also has been consistently named California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine.
Even more pertinent than her awards and ratings, Ms. Whyte strives to keep her client’s interests at heart, and reach timely resolutions of challenging situations. Within the family law field, she handles a multitude of issues such as divorce, custody, visitation, modifications, child support, parentage/paternity, property division, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, dependency actions, and spousal support. Ms. Whyte provides individualized counseling and representation in all areas of family law, and listens carefully to her client’s problems to provide representation that is both thoughtful and effective.
Ms. Whyte has written extensively in her fields of expertise. She is also a regular speaker at legal conferences across the United States, including West Coast Casualty Seminar 1998: Care, Feeding and Handling of Experts; West Coast Casualty Seminar 2000: The Effects of the Aas decision – A Subcontractor’s Perspective; Lorman’s Construction Defect Claims in California: The Subcontractor’s Perspective: Defending the Trades; Mealey’s Construction Defect Litigation Conference 2001: The Art of the Release: From Standing to Structured Settlements; West Coast Casualty Seminar 2002: The Nuts and Bolts of Handling a Construction Defect Lawsuit; MC2 Conference 2010: Mock Trial Presentations; and DRI Conference 2012: Making The Points that Count: How Juries Decide. Ms. Whyte has authored chapters in two published Family Law books, “Strategies for Family Law in California” 2010 edition published by Aspatore, “Streamlining Strategies and Costs in today’s Family Law Cases”, and “Strategies for Family Law in California” 2012 edition published by Aspatore, ‘Staying up to date with New Developments and Strategies in California Family Law Litigation”.
Ms. Whyte is a member of the Family, Construction and Insurance sections of the Orange County Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association (Nevada) and ABA (American Bar Association). She is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. She is a past member of the Civil Procedure and Evidence panels of the Orange County Bar Association’s Resolutions Committee. She has graduated twice from the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (NITA) program in trial advocacy, and is Master Bencher and past officer of the Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court. Ms. Whyte also serves as a mediator and settlement officer for the local Superior Courts.
Ms. Whyte is an active member of the Sonenshine Pro Bono Opportunities Committee, which is an annual Orange County event that provides a forum for local pro bono organizations to introduce themselves to new members of the legal community.
A native of Johannesburg, Ms. Whyte received her Bachelor of Arts and her LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1985 and 1987, respectively. After graduating from law school, she served as state prosecutor at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, handling criminal trials. Following her tenure as state prosecutor, she gained civil litigation experience at Brian Kohn Attorneys, Inc., a commercial and business a law firm in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Whyte immigrated to the United States in 1991.
Ms. Whyte and her husband, Steven Nataupsky, managing partner of the Intellectual Property law firm Knobbe Martens, live with their 4 children in Newport Beach, California. When not practicing law, Ms. Whyte enjoys spending time with her family, exercise, piano, travel, and reading.
- Washington DC
- South Africa
- University of Witwatersrand - B.A.
- University of Witwatersrand - LLB
- Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
- Founding Fellow of the Orange County Bar Foundation
- Orange County Bar Association
- Clark County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court, Master Bencher
- California Super Lawyer, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Selected as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement
- Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers
- Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers
- Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers
- Selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 women attorneys in California in 2015.
- Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court Angelo Palmieri Award for Excellence in Professionalism and Civility, 2011-2012
- Top 50 Southern California Women Super Lawyers, 2014
- Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers, 2015
- Selected as Member of The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
- Selected by ALM as one of 2015's Women Leaders in the Law