Wiley Nickel
Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney

"An arrest is not a conviction. As a former prosecutor I know how the other side thinks and I will fight to ensure you're not a victim of the law. You have a right to the best representation in Raleigh. The sooner you call, the sooner I can start fighting for you!"

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina.  In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History.  After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff.  Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005.

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Kristi R. Haddock
Associate Attorney

Kristi Rogers Haddock was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina, where her family has lived for more than 100 years. Kristi earned her undergraduate degree in child life, with a minor in business administration from East Carolina University. While at ECU, Kristi spent a semester interning with the Pitt County Public Defender’s Office, where she was first introduced to the criminal justice system. Also during her undergraduate years, Kristi was an intern at TEDI BEAR Child Advocacy Center, where she gained invaluable experience working with families and child victims of physical and sexual abuse. After graduating summa cum laude from ECU, Kristi accepted a partial scholarship to Campbell University School of Law.

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Melissa Botiglione

Associate Attorney

Melissa is originally from Long Island, New York and spent her childhood in Matthews, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with Magna Cum Laude in 2015 with a degree in Political Science and minor in Italian Studies. After graduating from NCSU, Melissa went on to attend law school at Campbell University School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018.

While at Campbell, Melissa focused her studies in criminal law and actively participated in pro bono service. She served on the Pro Bono Council as the Project Coordinator for the Re-entry project working with legal aid to provide expungement advice and assistance with Legal Aid clients. She also served as President of the Campbell Law Innocence Project, a member of the Death Row Visitation Project, and a member of the Campbell Public Interest Law Student Association. She also participated in the Restorative Justice Clinic, facilitating meetings with juveniles to address the needs of each party to prevent the potentially harmful effects of the criminal justice system. In 2018, Melissa was awarded the Campbell Law School Pro Bono Publico Award for her commitment to pro bono activities by providing nearly 800 hours of pro bono services during her three years at Campbell.

During law school, she interned at numerous different state agencies including the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, The Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina, The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. During her internships, Melissa gained valuable District Court experience and knowledge of courtroom procedures.

During her spare time, Melissa enjoys cooking, NC State football and DIY projects. As a new attorney, she hopes to be a zealous advocate for her clients.


Emily Orr
Legal Assistant

Emily is a North Carolina native, who was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. She is proud to be a Western Carolina University Alum, where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in Criminal Justice in 2013. Before joining our team, Emily was a Deputy Clerk with the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court for the past two years where she gained valuable knowledge of criminal courtroom procedures. The areas she was most heavily involved included: Domestic Violence, DWI, and District Criminal Court.

As the office manager and legal assistant, Emily will likely be the first person you will speak with at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel. Her duties at the firm include answering and making calls to clients, sending out contact emails, following up with clients after their court date, and prepping paperwork and files for the attorneys.

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Mary Beth Doyle
Legal Assistant

Mary Beth joins our team after working for the past year at the Wake County Clerk of Court Office.  While working in the Clerk’s Office, she gained valuable experience handling all of the Wake County District Court expungements.  Mary Beth has an insiders perspective about what is required to quickly and properly move an expungement petition through the system.  Her great experience and knowledge about expungements is a welcome and valued addition to the law firm.

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