Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.A. – Psychology
Belmont University College of Law, Juris Doctor
New Jersey State Bar Association
Barry Croland Family Law Inn of Court
Nikki earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park, NJ, where she majored in psychology. While at FDU, she was a member of the softball team and in 2016, earned MAC Conference Player of the Year and Co-SIDA Academic All-American Honors. Throughout her career, she organized annual charity softball games and fundraisers. She also served as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
She earned her Juris Doctor from Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tennessee in May 2019. While in law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Health Law Journal and a Student Ambassador Mentor for first year law students. During her first year, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable James M. DeMarzo, J.S.C., Morris County, criminal division. During her second year, she was employed with the Business and Legal Affairs Department at Country Music Television (CMT) where she handled contract negotiations for the CMT Music Awards, CME Fest, and other in-house productions.
After graduating law school, she served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable James M. DeMarzo, Presiding Judge, Family Part in Morris County. During her clerkship, Ms. Caruso also served as a mediator in the Special Civil Part.
Prior to joining MELD, Nikki was an associate attorney at O’Donnell McCoy Buerle, LLC where she specialized in civil litigation including personal injury, property damage and coverage matters for major insurance companies, public entities, and self-insureds. She also represented clients in a variety of municipal court matters including DUIs, traffic citations, and ordinance violations. Nikki also served as Special County Counsel for Morris County for civil commitment hearings and Alternate Municipal Prosecutor for Washington Township.
Nikki is born, raised, and currently resides in Morris County with her dog Suzie. Nikki has participated in sports her entire life, and when not in the office, you can find her on the basketball court, or softball or football field. She enjoys working out, especially a good spin class, and spending time with her family.