Nikaa Jordan's practice is focused on written advocacy and appellate work.
A born wordsmith, Nikaa has a talent for written advocacy and puts it to use on behalf of her clients at all stages of litigation. Clients rely on Nikaa for appellate litigation, as well as for trial court proceedings leading up to an appeal. She has handled the appeals of a number of multimillion-dollar judgments for both plaintiffs and defendants and has extensive experience in mandamus practice, other means of interlocutory appellate review, as well as motion and bonding practice before appellate courts. In addition, Nikaa routinely prepares amicus briefs on behalf of non-parties interested in the outcome of an appeal and directs amicus briefing so as to select issues important to her own clients. She also has extensive experience in the various phases of appellate mediation.
At the trial court level, Nikaa’s role is to identify issues, preserve the appellate record, and posture filings, objections and offers made during trial so that her client is in the best possible position for any appeal. Among other things, this includes preparing motions for remittitur of significant punitive damages awards, conducting post-judgment discovery regarding factors in punitive damages review and new trial motions, and preparing argument and materials for Hammond and other post-judgment hearings. Outside of the context of appeals and preparing the record for them, Nikaa has extensive experience with drafting complex motions to admit or exclude experts in fields as varied as toxicology, medical causation, economic damages, accident reconstruction, engineering and life-care planning.
Nikaa also frequently drafts legal content for submission outside the context of traditional litigation, such as mediation position statements, briefing and memoranda in arbitration proceedings, and legal publications for magazines, journals and legal news blogs. She co-founded the Lightfoot blog “Alabama Appellate Watch” and currently maintains the website “Practical Law Alabama Civil Appeals.”