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About Me

After receiving the American Jurisprudence Awards for both Constitutional Law and Torts while in law school at UCLA, Nick moved north to join the Corporate and Securities Group of a major San Francisco firm.  He also practiced estate planning for high net worth individuals and families in Palm Springs.

Nick’s focus since joining Gaw Van Male has been corporate finance, general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and public securities issues.  His combination of experience qualifies Nick to advise on family business exit and continuity strategies, as well.


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Practice Areas


  1. Business: 34%
    14 years, 150 cases
  2. Securities Offerings: 33%
    14 years, 25 cases
  3. Mergers & Acquisitions: 33%
    14 years, 25 cases



Hourly ($325/hour)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Conor J. Massey

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Conor Massey Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    Nick is a highly capable attorney who manages projects effectively and efficiently from start to finish. Clients are enthusiastic about his work and his work ethic.


    James Watson Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Gaw Van Male

1000 Main St
Napa, CA, 94559

Gaw Van Male

1261 Travis Blvd., Suite 350
Fairfield, CA, 94533

Gaw Van Male

411 Davis Street, Suite 101
Vacaville, CA, 95688




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
PartnerGaw Van Male2010
American Jurisprudence Award -- Constitutional LawAmerican Jurisprudence1999
American Jurisprudence Award -- TortsAmerican Jurisprudence1999
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa Society1997
Summa Cum LaudeUniversity of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyGaw Van Male2004 - Present
AttoneySanger & Manes2003 - 2004
AttorneyCooley Godward2000 - 2003
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Napa County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Acquisition of North Bay Bancorp by Umpqua BankPublic Company Merger
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Publication NameTitleDate
North Bay Business JournalGRATs and Proposed Estate Tax Legislation2010
North Bay Business JournalSuccession Planning for Your Business2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of North CarolinaN/AundergraduateN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Business Sale Round TablePlanning for Business Sales2009