Christopher R. Nichols

Christopher R. Nichols

Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina
Phone:
(919) 915-0212
(800) 906-5984
Email:

Attorney Christopher R. Nichols brings more than 25 years of personal injury trial law experience providing responsive communications and personal attention to your needs. He is an experienced litigator. Insurance companies know if our firm takes your case, we will not stop until you receive a fair result, even if that means taking your case to trial.

Nichols Law Firm has earned a reputation as an effective personal injury and workers' compensation law firm, serving residents of Raleigh and communities throughout North Carolina.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Sexual Abuse Victims
  • Arbitration
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1994

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers Litigation Honor Society
    • Honors: Wake Forest Moot Court Board, 1992-1994
    • Honors: Chief Justice Joseph Branch American Inn of Court
    • Honors: Student Bar Association, 1992-1994
    • Honors: Student Trial Bar Association, 1991-1994
    • Honors: Litigation Honor Society
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • B.A. cum laude - May, 1991
    • Honors: Air Force Officers' Association Scholarship
    • Honors: Student Government Association
    • Honors: Old Gold and Black, Food Reporter
    • Honors: Student Defenders Association, Chairman
    • Major: Politics
    • Major: Sociology

Published Works

  • The Fight to Get Arbitration in an Automobile Case, and What to do When You Get There (with Joe Adams), N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, February, 2004
  • Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement from the Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Common Ethical Issues in Medical Malpractice Actions (with Patrick Balestrieri), N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, November, 2003
  • Pre-Suit Mediation: The New Law, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, October, 2003
  • A Humorous Look at Trial Preparation, Trial Briefs, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, March, 2003
  • North Carolina Personal Injury Liens Manual, Third Edition, LexisNexis, 2014
  • Personal Injury Practice in North Carolina, Second Edition, LexisNexis: - See more at: http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/catalog/booktemplate/productdetail.jsp?pageName=relatedProducts&skuId=sku3820247&catId=24&prodId=prod14880334#sthash.L0d59Qph.dpuf, 2014

Representative Clients

  • I represent people who have been injured by the negligence of individuals and corporations.

Classes/Seminars

  • Faculty, Depositions: Hands-On Training, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Pre-Suit Mediation: The New Law, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Seminar, Chair and Speaker, Live! the Trial of a Connective Tissue Injury Case, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Faculty Member, Civil Trial Advocacy Clinic, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Presenter, Strategies for Arbitrating UM/UIM Cases, The Masters of Insurance Law Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • Reading Their Minds: Defense Themes in Personal Injury Cases, Mountain Magic Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • Presenter, Voir Dire: Pushing the Limits Within the Rules, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • Presenter, Demonstrative Evidence: Exhibits on the Cheap for Smaller Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001
  • The Masters of Insurance Law: ABC's and 123's, Seminar Co-Chair, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001
  • Presenter, Rule 411: Liability Insurance as Evidence at Trial, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001
  • Presenter, Medicaid, Medicare and Health Care Provider Liens: Putting Money in Your Client's Pocket and Keeping Yourself Out of Trouble, Practical Trial Skills Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001
  • Learning the Ropes-Getting the Most out of your Personal Injury Case: Winning, Collecting and Keeping Your Damages, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999
  • Learning the Ropes: Basics of Family Law, Program Chair, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999
  • Presenter, So You Want to Open a Law Firm, North Carolina Bar Association and Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company, 1998
  • Presenter, Ethics 101: The New Rules, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998
  • Learning the Ropes: The Basics of Civil Procedure, a Practical Approach, Program Chair, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998
  • Learning the Ropes: How to Try a Soft Tissue Injury Case, Program Chair, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997
  • Mediation Strategies, Wake Forest School of Law, April 22, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Mentoring Award- New Lawyers Division NC Advocates for Justice, June 1, 2014
  • Ebbie Award- Citation of Excellence 2007 NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • Education Achievement Award- NC Advocates for Justice, 2012 - 2015
  • Order of Service Award- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Elected President of the NC Advocates for Justice, June 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1993
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1999 - 2000
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Professional Negligence Section, Member, 2002 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, 1994 - Present
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1998 - Present
  • Mainstay Women's Shelter, Board of Directors, 1997 - Present
  • East Henderson High School Mock Trial Team, 1995 - 2000
  • Henderson County Dispute Settlement Center, Board of Directors, 1995 - 1999
  • Pisgah Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney, 1994 - 1995
  • Salem Academy Mock Trial Team, Attorney Advisor, 1992 - 1993
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, President, June 13, 2015 - June 13, 2016
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section Chair, June 15, 2014 - June 15, 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Nichols Law Firm, Raleigh North Carolina, Founder, Partner, 2005 - Present
  • Hardison & Leone, Raleigh, North Carolina, Litigation Director, 2004 - 2005
  • Kuniholm Law Firm, Raleigh, North Carolina, Litigation Attorney , 2002 - 2004
  • Coburn & Saleeby, L.L.P., Spartanburg, SC, Founding Partner, Director of North Carolina Litigation, 1999 - 2002
  • Henson Law Firm, P.A., Spartanburg, SC, Director of North Carolina Litigation, 1997 - 1999
  • Blanchard, Cathey & Nichols, Hendersonville, North Carolina, Partner, General Trial Practice, 1995 - 1997
  • James H. Toms & Associates, P.A., Hendersonville, North Carolina , Associate, General Practice, 1994 - 1995
  • Graduated Wake Forest School of Law 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lawyer on the Line (Legal Aid volunteer), 2014 - Present
  • National High Mock Trial Championship Steering Committee, 2013 - 2015
  • NC Bar Association Middle School Mock Trial Coach, 2014 - 2015