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Nicole Lentini

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Associate

Semmes, Bowen & Semmes

Nicole Lentini says her most significant professional accomplishment was being selected as chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s construction law section.

“When I began as a construction attorney, I was the lone female,” on my cases, said Lentini, an associate with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. “I fought to be treated equally and show that a female could succeed in construction law. This selection was a tangible recognition of my hard work and expertise.”

Lentini recently mentored two summer associates on a case in which they participated fully. “They drafted pleadings, discussed legal strategy, estimated success and value, and participated in meetings with clients and experts, mediation, and deposition preparation. They loved the practice of law.”

Lentini is also passionate about helping those who are hungry. First exposed to hunger during a homestay in Mexico while in law school, she joined the Maryland Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger and eventually became an executive board member. The campaign raises money for the Maryland and Capital Area food banks, which distribute to food pantries and other agencies, including summer meals for children.

“Children should not have to worry about whether they are going to eat and where their meals are coming from,” she said. “It has become a mission of mine to do what I can to help children so they can focus on school and play.”