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Chris Nichols is a NC trial attorney who represents regular folks with legal claims against negligent people, corporations and insurance companies.


Chris Nichols is a trial attorney with a state wide practice in North Carolina. His law firm, the Nichols Law Firm, has offices in Raleigh and in Hendersonville, near Asheville.

He concentrates his practice in the area of personal injury, including car wrecks and tractor trailer wrecks. Since the start of his legal career nearly 15 years ago, Chris has always been the guy in his law firms who takes the cases to trial, if they can not be settled. He has litigated cases in all of the major metropolitan areas in North Carolina, as well as in 43 of NC's 100 counties. Chris also works in other states by association with out of state attorneys and has tried cases in South Carolina as well as working in Florida, Georgia, Tennesse, California, and New York.

Chris graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1991, where he was active in student government and defended students appearing before the student judicial and honors boards. As director of the Student Defender organization, he was featured in the New York Times for his defense of a student charged with violating the Wake Forest honor code. The student had helped smuggle videotapes of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre out of China after the Chinese government attempted to block coverage of the event by international news organizations. The smuggled tapes contained the first video images broadcast of the human rights tragedy, images that have come to symbolize the struggle for democracy and basic civil rights worldwide.

Since 1994, Chris has been an active member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, serving on the steering committee that founded the Young Lawyers Division. He is the past Chair of Auto Torts Section. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, and has presented papers on ethics, trial practice, jury selection, arbitration, liens, and the use of technology in the law office. Chris is currently working on several projects outside the traditional practice of law that combine his knowledge of the law with technology solutions.

Chris is married to Beth Nichols, a political consultant, campaign manager and artist, and has one daughter, Zoe, age 5, who is also a master of public relations and loves animals.

Law Practice concentrating in the following areas:

Catastrophic injury

Automobile Collisions

Tractor Trailer Wrecks

Insurance Coverage Disputes

Arbitration & Mediation

Professional Negligence

My resume, if you care about such things:

Educational Background

Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1994

Order of the Barristers, Litigation Honor Society
Chief Justice Joseph Branch American Inn of Court

Wake Forest Moot Court Board, 1992-1994

Justice Joseph Branch American Inn of Court

Student Bar Association, 1992-1994

Student Trial Bar Association, 1991-1994

Wake Forest University, B.A., cum laude, 1991

Bar Admissions:

North Carolina, 1994

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 1994

Professional Memberships:

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, member since 1993

Board of Governors, NCATL 1999-2000

Professional Negligence Section, NCATL, member since 2002

President, Auto Torts Section, NCATL 2004-2005

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, member since 1994

South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, member 1998-2003


technology in law firms, liens and subrogation claims, trial of civil cases before juries, image of lawyers in America, making Insurance corporations keep their promises, and blues harmonica