Nicole Lange Goetz (nee Nicole Lange Smith) was born in Virginia and raised in Southwest Florida.
She graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1993. During her studies at the University of South Florida, she was a member of two national honor societies, earned a perfect grade point average in her major, and was recognized on the Dean’s list every semester that she attended. Ms. Goetz went on to receive high honors and honors multiple times during her legal studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and in 1997, she received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1997.
After graduation, Ms. Goetz counseled indigent clients in family law matters when she served as a staff attorney at Brevard County Legal Aid in Brevard County, Florida. In 1999, she became a staff attorney for the State of Florida, Twentieth Judicial Circuit. As a staff attorney in Collier County, she assisted the Court Administrator and the judges of the circuit by providing research and recommendations on substantive and procedural issues in a myriad of areas, including but not limited to the review and resolution of county to circuit appeals and of extraordinary writs. In 2003, Ms. Goetz joined the law firm of Asbell & Ho, P.A. as an associate attorney where she focused on the litigation and appeal of complex family law issues, leaving briefly to run a family owned aerial operation and to help form a very successful right of way maintenance company. After returning to the firm, she became a shareholder in 2006, and she served as managing shareholder of the firm from 2007 until 2010 when she left the firm to start her own practice, Nicole L. Goetz, P.L.