James Nichols joined Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O'Keefe & Nichols in 1976, and is currently of counsel for the firm. James has focused his practice on the defense of doctors, hospitals, clinics, and medical institutions.
He has tried and arbitrated as lead counsel over 200 cases. James (Jim) Nichols is a member of all the Federal and State Courts of California and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1981 upon the sponsorship of California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Luther Kennard.
James is a member of the following associations: the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Cowboy Lawyers Association. James has served on the faculty of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Jack Daniels Trial School.
For over a decade, James served as counsel for the International College of Surgeons, U.S. Section. He holds a lifetime teaching credential, college level, issued by the state of California. He has taught and lectured on law to numerous groups and associations, including, but not limited to the American Bar Association/American Law Institute, California State University Los Angeles, Pepperdine University School of Law, the University of Southern California School of Medicine, the University of Southern California School of Law, the University of California School of Medicine at Los Angeles, and the staffs of most of the major medical centers in Los Angeles.
James earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law.
Jim Nichols has been married to Dana Berry Nichols since 1966. In addition to his love for practicing law, he is a cattle rancher and horse enthusiast. He was a founder and the first president of the Cowboy Lawyers Association, an organization of over 200 attorneys and judges who are Western enthusiasts.
James claims as his greatest accolade the role of grandparent. His first grandson, Alexander Todd Nichols, aka "Buck," is his constant saddle companion.