Nishma Patel

Nishma’s practice focuses on civil litigation disputes in state and federal court. Prior to joining McGuire Wood & Bissette, Nishma served as a felony prosecutor and tried hundreds of cases to verdict. As an experienced trial attorney, Nishma provides responsive, practical advice and assists clients in resolving their disputes through negotiation, mediation, and litigation. In addition to her courtroom advocacy, Nishma helps clients navigate the complex federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting their businesses. Prior to becoming an attorney, Nishma spent seven years with a pharmaceutical company helping to maintain their intellectual property and ensure audit compliance.


University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2016)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S., 2013)


North Carolina (2016)
Buncombe County Bar
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2021)



  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee Member
  • Our Voice, Board Member
  • Terpsicorps, Board Secretary
  • Miss North Carolina Oganization, Outstanding Teen State Committee
  • Helpmate Volunteer
  • Wake County Bar Association, Social Chair 2019-2021
  • Young Professionals of Asheville – A Program of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce


Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite, Young Guns (2023)

Super Lawyers®, North Carolina Rising Stars-General Litigation (2023)

The Order of the Barristers (2016)


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