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Nicole V. Mills, M.A.


(310) 294-6877

For five years in the trial consulting industry, Nicole Mills has analyzed the decision-making process of jurors, judges and arbitrators. She has experience with hundreds of cases nationwide involving product liability, class actions lawsuits, contract disputes, intellectual property cases, criminal litigation, labor and employment matters, asbestos and personal injury cases. At Fillichio & Hastings, she engages with jurors in online and traditional in person research projects, analyzes both qualitative and quantitative data, and assists with jury selection. She has been an innovator in conducting all research studies and liaises with mock jurors, judges and arbitrators in preparation for bench trial and arbitration studies. Nicole has experience in both federal and state venues conducting mock trials, focus groups, shadow juries and mock arbitrations. Actively involved in cases that go to verdict, she has conducted hundreds of post-trial interviews with jurors across the country. She is an expert in identifying juror attitudes in an effort to help counsel understand decision-making processes for and during trial and in preparation for future litigation.

Prior to joining Fillichio & Hastings, Nicole was a Senior Research Analyst with DecisionQuest. She received her master’s degree from CSU San Marcos where her research focused on experimental psychology. Specifically, she examined the factors that influenced eyewitness identification, working memory, and judgment and decision-making. Nicole also conducted research with several academic laboratories, including The Center for the Mind and Brain and The Social Neuroscience & Affective Processes Lab where she received training in research management, data collection, statistical analysis, and the creation of research materials.


  • California State University San Marcos, M.S., Experimental Psychology, Emphasis in Cognitive Psychology
  • University of California Davis, B.S. Psychology, Minor in Anthropology