Nicki Applefield Engel Wins NCBA Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award

The Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award was created by the Young Lawyers Division in 2001 to promote pro bono activities among young or newly practicing attorneys.

Nicki Applefield Engel became a volunteer with Asheville’s Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer (MAVL) Program, a partnership between Pisgah Legal Services and the Buncombe County Bar, when she entered into legal practice in 2012. Since that time she has taken 29 pro bono case referrals through MAVL (primarily cases to help seniors), contributing almost 200 hours of service.

Engel also has provided service and leadership as a member of the NCBA Elder and Special Needs Law Section, through which she volunteers as part of the Hospice Pro Bono Project and recently became a volunteer for the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation project. Her commitment to protecting seniors is also evident in her leadership on the Council on Aging of Buncombe County Board of Directors and as chair of the Buncombe County Triad, a partnership among law enforcement, older adults, and service providers to reduce victimization of seniors.

Engel also chairs a regional Fraud and Exploitation Scam Summit each year to increase the ability of professionals in banking, finance and retail to protect seniors and people with disabilities from fraud and exploitation.

Engel is a graduate of Appalachian State University and West Virginia University College of Law. She practices with Patla Straus Robinson & Moore in Asheville.