Avison Young Names Nicole White Chief Legal Officer

Nicole White has been appointed chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Avison Young, a position she will officially take over on Jan. 1, 2022.

White has been with the firm since 2015, most recently as Principal and Legal Counsel. She will lead Avison Young’s global legal function. Robert (Bob) Slaughter, Principal and Chief Legal Officer, will transition to the role of Senior Advisor and Legal Counsel on Jan. 1, and will continue to serve on Avison Young’s Board of Directors.

As CLO, White will be responsible for the overall management of Avison Young’s legal affairs, providing legal guidance that enables the firm’s objectives including leveraging multidimensional data, technology and consultative solutions to enable clients to achieve their unique, rapidly transforming goals. She will help shepherd the organization through its ongoing evolution while mitigating risk and furthering the firm’s corporate culture rooted in trust and integrity.

White will also maintain her seat on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and her leadership position as a founder of the firm’s Black Professionals’ Resource Group. Prior to Avison Young, White was an attorney for the Allstate Corporation where she provided advice and counseling on a range of employment, regulatory, restrictive covenant and trade secret matters. She is based in Houston, Texas.