Nicole Sheindlin, Founder and CEO

Nicole is the daughter of two judges— Honorable Gerald Sheindlin, retired New York Supreme Court Judge and the famous "Judge Judy" Sheindlin, retired Supervising Judge of the New York State Family Court. 

When Nicole was growing up, family conversation revolved around fairness and public policy, in addition to the normal childhood squabbles and petty grievances. The debate filled family dynamics and focus on equity and fairness, set the stage for Nicole’s interest in pursuing a career in social justice.

Nicole holds a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a JD from New York Law School.

Nicole worked as a public defender in the Bronx for the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Division. While there, she handled all facets of criminal cases from arraignment through plea or trial.

In 2006, Nicole began looking for a more proactive way to work with the community. She launched what ultimately turned out to be her new full-time job: the Her Honor Mentoring Program. Over these past ten years, Nicole has established Her Honor as one of the premier mentoring programs.

Nicole is also a partner in the law firm of Mentzer & Sheindlin and lives in Larchmont with her husband and three children.

Step-Daughter Writes Forward For 'Judge Judy's' E-Book

"Judy models a way of thinking about yourself," said Nicole Sheindlin of the wisdom-packed "What Would Judy Say, Be the Hero of Your Own Story."  "She often tells women that being true to yourself is what matters most. In that sense, Judy's story can be anyone's story."