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Steve Nichols has been elected Managing Partner of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Orange County’s largest full-service law firm.
Nichols is a construction and business law and litigation specialist, and co-chair of Rutan’s prestigious Construction Law Group. Nichols joined Rutan in 1981, and has been a member of the firm's Executive Committee for the past 5 years.
Nichols represents contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, institutional and private owners, developers, builders, lenders, distributors, and others in business and construction law matters. He has assisted clients in negotiating and drafting a wide array of construction and commercial agreements, and has extensive experience and an impeccable record as a courtroom trial lawyer, including matters involving large infrastructure projects, manufacturing concerns, transit and highway projects, commercial structures, power plant construction and financing arrangements, public facility development and construction, and other facilities.
Nichols has extensive experience in state, federal and appellate courts, arbitration and mediation proceedings, and has served as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association's large complex case panel of arbitrators.
Most recently, he was selected as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers chosen by the Daily Journal, and has also been honored as one of Orange County’s Top 25 professionals. Nichols achieved these honors for his exemplary courtroom victories, extensive construction and commercial transactional experience, numerous large awards, and significant settlements.
He also served as general counsel and a board member of the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Orange County.
February 28, 2014