Team Bios

Nicole Skellenger

Nicole Skellenger




Nicole Skellenger joined Dempsey Law in 2019 where she serves adoption agencies, adoptive families, birth families, and adoptees. Nicole has worked in the field of adoption since 2008 holding various roles, including Executive Director of an intercountry adoption agency. Following her agency work, Nicole stepped into the role of representing agencies and individuals involved in adoption. Nicole is a licensed attorney in both Indiana and Florida and is considered an authority in intercountry adoption agency compliance matters. In 2021, Nicole became a partner of Dempsey Law, an interstate law firm. Nicole provides domestic adoption services in Florida. Nicole believes that all children are worth fighting for and are deserving of a loving permanent family.


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 2010
  • Honors: Dean's List
  • Honors: Gold Level Pro Bono Service Award
Professional Associations
  • Florida State Bar, 2019 to Present
  • Indiana State Bar, 2010 to Present
  • Florida Adoption Council, Attorney Member, 2021 to Present
  • National Council for Adoption, Attorney Member, 2019 to Present
  • Center for Excellence in Adoption Services, Founding Board Member, 2020-2022
Classes, Presentations, and Publications
  • Intercountry Adoption - Agency Perspective and Hot Topics, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, 2022
  • Navigating Legal Issues for the Foreign-Born Child, National Council for Adoption, 2022
  • Hague Accreditation 2021, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, 2021
  • How to Finalize and Obtain Citizenship for After International Adoption, Adoption Summit, 2020
  • Maintenance & Re-Accreditation: Best Practices for the New Age, NCFA, 2018
  • Harnessing Runaway Regulation & Defining the Narrative: An Orphan's Right to Permanency, NCFA, 2017
  • How the Universal Accreditation Act Will Affect International Adoptions, Creating A Family, 2014
Past Positions

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