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About me

I am an attorney with over 30 years experience in trial practice. I live and work in Laguna Beach, but my practice is nation wide. Our clients range from Florida to Washington state. Lawyers frequently call on me to mediate and arbitrate cases, and in each case, I use the most effective methods of dispute resolution that are consistent with the goals of the client.


Languages spoken: Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Construction & Development: 35%
    32 years
  2. Insurance: 15%
    32 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 13%
    12 years
  4. Commercial: 10%
    32 years
  5. Other: 27%
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Hourly ($200-425/hour), contingent (25-50%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Nokes is outstanding. He is very knowledgeable about the law, and in particular construction and building issues in Laguna Beach. He has a wealth of contacts in the community. He is always well prepared for anything that may arise in litigation. Anyone would be pleased to have him on their side.


    Dawn Ebert
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Nokes & Quinn, A Professional Corporation

410 Broadway #200
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Recognition for ServiceState of California Assembly2012
Outstanding Board MemberLaguna Beach Chamber of Commerce2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Chairman's Distinguished Service AwardSouth Coast YMCA2001
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Rated every year since 1996Martindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalNokes & Quinn2003 - Present
PartnerMcDermott Will & Emery1988 - 1993
PartnerCummins & White, LLP1982 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory BoardBoard Member2013 - Present
South CoastMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marsh & McLennan, Inc. v. Superior Court, 49 Cal.3d 1, 774 P.2d 762, 259 Cal.Rptr. 733 (Cal.,1989)Our client, Marsh & McLennan, successfully appealed an adverse lower court ruling.
United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company v Stites, et alSettlelment in excess of $1,000,000.
Carew v SmithJudgment awarding easement to my client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of UtahN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MediationThe Lawyer as Mediator and Settlement Conference JudgeN/A
California Society of Professional Engineers 2004 Conference - University of California at IrviineProfessional Engineers as Expert WitnessesN/A