Applying Decades Of Experience To Solve Modern Legal Issues

Nicole Hughes

Attorney Nicole Hughes

Contact Me:

Practice Areas:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law
  • Debtor-Creditor


Nicole Hughes is the managing partner in the law firm of Telpner Peterson Law Firm, LLP. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy, commercial law, and debtor-creditor relations. She received her B.S. from Creighton University in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 2003. She has been admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Iowa and Nebraska as well as the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of various local, state and federal bar associations as well as the American Bankruptcy Institute. She was the Iowa State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys from 2007 - 2014.


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D. - 05/2003
  • Creighton University
    • B.S. - 2000
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 2003
  • Nebraska, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2004
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2012


  • "Preeminent" AV 5.0 Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to Great Plains Super Lawyers, Since 2020
  • Recognized as 2017 Volunteer of the Year by the Council Bluffs Community School District
  • Lawyer Monthly – Women in the Law 2018 Award
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Council Bluffs Schools Foundation, Director, 2018 to Present
  • School Board Citizens Committee, 2018
  • Community Foundation for Western Iowa, Scholarship Committee, 2022 to Present

Professional Associations

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Iowa Chapter, Director, 2014 to Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Chair, 2007 to 2014
  • Iowa State Bar Association - Division
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Pottawattamie County Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Seminars, Inc., Director, 2014 to Present
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee for the Northern District of Iowa, Southern District of Iowa, and District of South Dakota, 09/2022 to Present
  • School Bond Citizens Committee, 2018

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Partner