Driven and compassionate, Nora is dedicated to advocating for the rights of her clients.
She has experience in a range of legal areas from housing and poverty to civil rights and
local government. Nora is committed to providing high-quality legal representation
because she recognizes the impact each case has on the lives of her clients.
Nora has a long history of working to help individuals defend their rights against
powerful and better-resourced parties. Prior to law school, Nora worked as a legal
assistant at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore where she helped tenants and
homeowners challenge unlawful displacement as a result of foreclosure. She also helped
clients prepare to testify at state legislative hearings to advocate for changes in state law.
As a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, she represented tenants against
evictions and homeowners fighting to invalidate improper foreclosures. She also
provided legal representation to clients in a variety of consumer protection cases,
including fraud and unlawful debt collection, as a legal intern at Legal Aid Chicago.
While a full-time student at Harvard Law School, Nora provided over 1,000 hours of pro
After graduating from law school, the Skadden Foundation awarded Nora a Skadden
Fellowship. As a Skadden Fellow, Nora worked on police oversight and reform, as well
as fair and affordable housing in Chicago. This work involved deep engagement with
City leadership, grassroots organizations, and local coalitions. She also partnered with
local housing organizations to develop policy strategies to address barriers to fair and
affordable housing. Nora’s contribution to this work was acknowledged in Prejudiced:
The Stigma of Eviction Records, a report issued by two Chicago housing organizations.
Prior to joining Salvatore Prescott & Porter, Nora clerked for the Honorable Laurie J.
Michelson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Nora received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served on the board of the
Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and as the Outreach Director for the
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Nora received her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from
Carleton College, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Esme Caramello and Nora Mahlberg, Combating Tenant Blacklisting Based on Housing
Court Records: A Survey of Approaches, THE CLEARINGHOUSE COMMUNITY, Sept. 2017
As a Skadden Fellow, Nora gave numerous presentations on police oversight,
accountability, and discipline to various community organizations across Chicago. She
has also spoken at a State Bar of Michigan Labor Law Section event.
Nora is a member of the State Bar of Illinois and the State Bar of Michigan. Nora is
admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.