The University of Miami Law community recently gathered to celebrate the life of Nicole “Nicky” Langesfeld, who passed away in the 2021 collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside.

The Miami School of Law has established an endowed scholarship in the name of Langesfeld, a Reed Smith associate and UM Law graduate. The Nicole “Nicky” Langesfeld, J.D. ’19 Memorial Law Scholarship, was created to celebrate and honor Langesfeld’s life and memory. It is funded in part with a $100,000 donation from Reed Smith and personal donations from the firm’s lawyers and staff. The scholarship can reward its first recipient by the fall of 2022, according to the school.

Langesfeld was Reed Smith’s first summer associate in its Miami office in 2018, and she joined the firm the following year as an associate in the insurance recovery group. Her practice focused on litigating and settling insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders. As a bilingual lawyer with Argentinian roots, Langesfeld also worked on international litigation matters, according to the firm.