Partner, Rutan & Tucker
Fact: He bike rides 70 miles a week, loves “old-school” rock ’n’ roll and calls himself “a reformed golfer.”
What characteristics are necessary for a successful trial lawyer? You have to be a likeable and credible storyteller. Juries are more apt to find for your client if they like and trust you. … And never let ’em see you sweat.
Steve Nichols is on a roll. A senior partner at Rutan & Tucker, California’s largest full-service law firm headquartered in Costa Mesa, Nichols was named to the Daily Journal’s list of Top 100 Lawyers – just one more feather in Nichols’ highly plumed cap; he was also named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2006.
Nobody can touch him in the area of Caltrans disputes. In two recent cases, Nichols recovered one of the largest settlements awarded against Caltrans ($11.9 million) and the largest reported arbitration award against Caltrans ($12.1 million), and that was just this year.
While construction law is his specialty, don’t try to put Nichols in a box. He recently won a multimillion-dollar jury verdict for famed NASCAR driver Robby Gordon.
– Caitlin Adams
OC METRO's 2009 Hot 25 honorees:
Toby Bost | Mike Gillespie | Anil Puri | Sean Collins
Kevin Boylan & T.K. Pillan | Dr. Jason Knight | Hugh Hewitt
Luke Allen | Tina Aldatz | Sukhee Kang | Glenn Gray
Amelia & Florent Marneau | Tim McFerran | Tallia Hart
Bill Sanderson | Henrik Fisker | Janet Hamada | Wayne Gross
Julie Miller-Phipps | Michael Ruane | Carl St.Clair
Pretend City | Phil Willms | Sheryl Bourgeois | Steve Nichols
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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of OC METRO's Hot 25 awards, here are our original Hot 25 honorees, who were featured in 1990.
Doug Rankin | Erich Vollmer | Dennis Aigner | Greg Patton
Janice Mittermeier | Carol Stogsdill | Carl St.Clair
Anton Segerstrom | Christopher Cox | Christine (Reed) Iger
Dr. Robert Bade | Thomas Mays | Mike Goode
Richard Gadbois | Rudy Castruita | Debbie Miede
Ernest C. Brown | Mossimo Giannulli | Daniel L. Rasmussen
Cynthia Ellner | Kathryn Braun Lewis | David Wilhelm
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