Meet the SLG Team

Nikki Semanchik, Founding Attorney


Nikki Semanchik is the Founding Attorney of Semanchik Law Group. Nikki started out her legal career advising small businesses and individuals in need of estate planning. An interest in international law and her background in immigration led her to represent multi-national high-net worth individuals with business law, asset protection and tax planning. After assisting clients with tax planning through the formation of private foundations and charitable trusts, Nikki found herself drawn to nonprofit law. She now assists nonprofit organizations with formation, compliance, and governance.

Nikki is passionate about nonprofit law and enjoys speaking about nonprofit formation and compliance. Her most recent speaking engagements were at the USD Nonprofit Symposium, the San Diego County Bar, and the San Diego Cause Conference.

Nikki brings her passion for philanthropism to her personal life through her love of the theater and the arts. Nikki sits on the Point Loma Playhouse Board of Directors. Nikki also volunteers her time with the San Diego County Bar Association’s Wills for Heros program and throughout the year by providing pro bono legal services.

Nikki’s vision was to create a firm that offers clients an experience that leaves them feeling taken care of and secure. Nikki builds relationships with her clients that last a lifetime. When starting a business you need more than legal advice, you need someone you can trust. She firmly believes that you should start where you mean to end up. With proper planning, your business can succeed and thrive. Her focus on getting to know her clients and understanding their objectives makes her the first person you want to call when you need advice for your business or nonprofit.

It was at the age of ten that Nikki decided she wanted to be a lawyer. Nikki graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and from California Western School of Law with a Juris Doctor. A recovering “Zony,” Nikki has lived in San Diego since 2006 with no intention of ever leaving. She now resides in San Carlos where she can frequently be found hiking trails with her husband, son, Sullivan, and daughter, Sidney.

Kaitlin Cantelme, Paralegal

Kaitlin Cantelme is our prized Paralegal at Semanchik Law Group. She graduated from USD’s Paralegal program and Arizona State University (which Nikki has forgiven her for, Mike doesn’t have a dog in the fight). Kaitlin is the backbone of our team and really helps to make sure everything goes smoothly around the office. Kaitlin keeps our firm streamlined and organized and makes client service a top priority. In her free time, Kaitlin is also a pastry chef and rock climber- two things that make her even cooler in our eyes.