Nicole Daussin, Esq.
Founding Attorney

  • Wellesley College ‘13 – English
  • University of North Carolina School of Law ‘19

So often legal professionals lose themselves in corruption, caring more for their own professional reputation and rapport with each other than their clients.

I am not that lawyer.

I work for you.

I have always had an independent spirit, and I pride myself on my commitment to integrity.

I grew up in the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina. At seventeen, I went to college at Wellesley, where I studied English with an emphasis on creative writing. But I quickly grew tired of the proverbial ivory tower and graduated early at the age of twenty.

I drove west. For the first time in my life, I felt the joy and freedom that accompanies interacting with untamed nature. After working various seasonal jobs in New Mexico, Yellowstone, and Utah, I returned home to take graduate level English courses at North Carolina State University, then decided to pursue teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea and Vietnam.

In Vietnam, I decided teaching wasn’t for me, so I found myself at the local sleepy cafe studying for the LSAT, which I ultimately took in Malaysia. I returned home to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina School of Law.

But I always knew I wanted to return to the Great American West, and what better place to settle down than The Last Frontier?

Accompanied by my fearless dog, Flubber, I drove from Apex, North Carolina to Palmer, Alaska, where I clerked for the Palmer Superior Court as a judicial law clerk.

After, I worked for the Anchorage District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor. I handled a heavy caseload of felony and misdemeanor crimes and developed an understanding of the way in which the State handles various levels of crime. I went on to work for a small Anchorage firm specializing in divorce and family law.

I am passionate about the work I do and I look forward to representing you as you tackle your legal problems.

Professional affiliations: Alaska Bar Association member, American Bar Association member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts member, Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce member, Mat-Su Heath Services, Inc. Secretary.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith
Associate Attorney

I believe transparency and prompt communication are the most important hallmarks of effective representation and satisfied clients. By listening to my clients and advising them of all potential avenues and outcomes, I can enhance their autonomy and comfort with the law and the options they choose. By pairing this with keeping my clients up to date on developments in their case as they occur, I try to create an atmosphere of teamwork where not only am I working for you, but I am working with you to help you reach the outcome you want.

After studying at the University of Arkansas for Environmental, Soil, and Water Science and obtaining a Masters at the University of Denver focusing in the Environmental and Pollution laws, it took a few years doing environmental compliance work to realize that this was not the impact that I wanted to have. I wanted a hands-on challenge where I could tell that I was helping people directly.

During law school at the University of Tulsa, I interned at every flavor of law firm to discover my passions and my fit. At Tulsa’s prestigious Atkinson-Haskins Law Firm, I was shown how large firms operate. My next internship was volunteering for the civil division of the Tulsa County District Attorney, where I worked on zoning and land use questions. Changing directions, I next worked remotely for the Gale Allison Law Firm in the areas of probate and trust research. After that, I was lucky enough to be able to intern at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii in their Family Law division and got my first taste of client interactions in the areas of guardianship, divorce, custodianship, and benefits laws. I was hooked and decided to sample the last area of law, criminal law, when I interned next with the Tulsa County Public Defenders.

After passing the Bar, I worked for a remote Oklahoma plaintiff’s firm doing criminal defense, divorces, guardianships, and contract law. I handled around two hundred criminal defense cases per year as the main defense attorney for a small county, had primary oversight of about forty guardianships, and handled whatever else that walked through the door and seemed like I could
make a difference.

Today, I’m based in Seattle, where I work remotely for The Law Office of Nicole Daussin, Inc. I live with my fiancé and our poodle, Scarlet. I’m excited to be working in Alaska again after I fell in love with it while puppy sitting for an injured friend in Anchorage in 2022. I look forward to advocating for you. I’m only an email or phone call away.

Professional affiliations: Oklahoma State Bar Associa4on, Washington State Bar Association, awaiting admission into Alaska Bar Association.

Meg Petzoldt
Receptionist / Paralegal

Meg grew up in Southern Illinois where she worked as a Legal Assistant for a local law firm for two years. In July of 2021 Meg and her family made the move from Illinois to Wasilla, Alaska where they currently reside. She worked remotely for the New York City Department of Education as a Court Reporter before happily joining the Law Office of Nicole Daussin, Inc., in July of 2023 taking on the position as Receptionist/Paralegal. Meg is happy to work with each of you and assist with your legal matters!

Tegan Thorley, Paralegal at Law Office of Nicole Daussin, Inc in Wasilla, AK

Tegan Thorley

Tegan moved to Palmer full-time in 2020 from Vermont, after working for several summers in Southeast Alaska as a deckhand. A fellow ivory-tower deserter, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in Integrative Biology and Scandinavian Languages and Literature. While in undergrad, she served as a consultant for the Cheyenne River Sioux on a CDFI Agricultural Lending project. Tegan coaches the local youth ski team and volunteers with Junior Nordics.

Kaitlynn Bennett of The Law Office of Nicole Daussin in Wasilla, AK

Kaitlynn Bennett
Legal Assistant

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