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Micah Nilsson is this managing shareholder of the Bakersfield office. His practice focuses on complex business and employment defense litigation. Mr. Nilsson represents clients in a wide array of employment matters, including layoffs, harassment, unfair labor practice charges, discrimination complaints, and employee discipline proceedings. Mr. Nilsson’s active commercial litigation practice includes representing both business and individual clients in lawsuits involving contract disputes, real estate, construction defects and tort litigation.

Mr. Nilsson litigates matters in both federal and state court as well as numerous administrative forums. Mr. Nilsson is also the Co-Chair of the firm’s Oil, Gas and Energy Practice Group, where his focus is on entity formation and lease review.

Prior to joining Dowling Aaron Incorporated, Mr. Nilsson worked with Lozano Smith, where he assisted public employers in labor and employment matters, facilities and business matters, and all aspects of litigation. Mr. Nilsson also has experience with environmental permitting, including preparing CEQA documents and Public Works Plans.

Mr. Nilsson is an effective negotiator and has received numerous awards for his negotiations, trial advocacy and client counseling, including advancing to the nationals for the ABA Negotiations Competition. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Nilsson gained practical experience by starting and operating his own small business.

Mr. Nilsson is fluent in Spanish. He has lived in Bakersfield, Monterey, Davis, San Diego and San Luis Obispo California, as well as Chile, Utah, Idaho and Hawaii. He is a Scoutmaster with the Boys Scouts of America and is a youth soccer coach and referee.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
  4. Probate: 10%
  5. Estate Planning: 10%

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Contact Info

Dowling Aaron Incorporated

5080 California Ave Ste 200
Bakersfield, CA, 93309-1669



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Public Service Law ProgramUniversity of California, Davis2007
Philip C. Jessup Int'l Law Moot CourtInternational Law Students Association2007
Negotiation CompetitionAmerican Bar Association2007
Witkin Award for Academic ExcellenceThe Witkin Legal Institute at West Group2006
Client Counseling CompetitionAmerican Bar Association2006
Peer-Selected Negotiation AwardKing Hall Negotiations Team2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing ShareholderDowling Aaron Incorporated2009 - Present
AssociateLozano Smith2007 - 2009
Association NamePosition NameDuration
N8 Pediatric Brain Tumor FoundationTreasurer2015 - Present
Association of Southern California Defense CounselN/A2013 - Present
Legacy Family ServicesChair2013 - Present
Association of Business Trial LawyersN/A2012 - Present
Kern County Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2007 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & PolicyYou Can't Force Her to be a Second Mom: K.M. v. E.G.2006
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Davis SOL King HallLawlaw2007
BYU Hawaii CampusPsychology, English and Org. Behaviorundergraduate2002
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
VariousSexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training2014
LORMAN SeminarFundamentals of Construction Contracts in California2014
KCPA SeminarSocial Media and Ethics2014
Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce SeminarAvoid the Pitfalls of Social Media2014
FCLPA SeminarSocial Media and Ethics in the Practice of Law2014
DAI Employment Law Group RoundtableLeave of Absence Workshop for Employers2014
Annual Employment Law UpdateLabor and Employment Law Update2014
VariousSexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training2013
Annual Employment Law UpdateLabor and Employment Law Update2013
Lorman SeminarUnderstanding and Complying with Ever-Changing Employment and Labor Laws in California: Sexual Harassment; Privacy; Compensation; Record-Keeping; Disabilities; Leaves of Absence; NLRB Issues2012
Annual Employment Law SeminarLabor and Employment Law Update2012
Construction SymposiumConstruction Litigation 1012009
School Board TrainingBrown Act Basics2008