Associate and Medical Investigator


Nicole Szeliga is an attorney and a key part of Schochor, Federico and Staton’s medical investigation team.

Ms. Szeliga can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be an attorney–it fits with her lifelong love of arguing. Or, more accurately, winning arguments.

While in college and law school, Ms. Szeliga started a career in medical administration, first at a local nursing home and eventually as a Senior Director at a major local health provider, responsible for overseeing many of their business and admissions processes. This professional background as a medical administrator continues to provide valuable insight into her current role investigating medical malpractice cases at Schochor, Federico and Staton.

While at Towson University (from which she graduated cum laude) she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha – Omega Pi Chapter of the National Political Science Honor society. She then headed to the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was on the National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team.

What also became apparent during her undergraduate and law-school days was a lifelong commitment to community service. For instance, she was co-founder and co-chair of the Race Judicata 5K fundraiser, whose proceeds went to House of Ruth’s legal fund. She also served on the Student Committee for Faculty Hiring, was a member of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and held leadership roles on the Student Bar Association. All this volunteer activity despite working full-time in her demanding medical administrator job and concurrently going to school.

After graduating law school, she quickly returned to her initial passion: the law. Given her medical administration background, she naturally gravitated to medical malpractice law, and in February of 2014, she joined Schochor, Federico and Staton, bringing her unique background and tenacity to our team. She’s also earned her mediation certificate and is now qualified to serve as a mediator for the District and Circuit Courts of Maryland pursuant to Title 17 of the Maryland Rules (2012).

She says the most rewarding part of her job is uncovering truly meritorious cases, where the firm can help deserving people move forward and put their lives back together after tragic cases of medical malpractice.

Ms. Szeliga was born and raised in Baltimore, and continues to call the city home. In her (limited) spare time, she is an avid Crossfitter and healthy-living enthusiast. She regularly participates in fundraising runs, continues to give back to her law school by serving as a guest judge for moot court competitions, and enjoys community service activities.

Honors and Certifications

Bar Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Association for Justice