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Erik W Nicholson

Erik W Nicholson

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Identity Theft, General Practice

About Me

After graduating from Oregon State University Erik Nicholson attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco where he received his Juris Doctorate and graduated amongst the top of his class.  While at Golden Gate University, he was on the Dean’s Honor list seven of his nine terms.  He was also twice awarded the Cali Excellence for the Future Award in both advanced criminal procedure and advanced contract law for achieving the top grade in his class. 

Throughout law school Erik worked at a private criminal defense law firm where he had the unique opportunity to learn about and participate in all stages of a criminal case.  For his final year of law school he interned at the prestigious San Francisco Public Defender’s office where he was put on the major felony rotation. 

After graduation Erik was offered an associate attorney position and practiced criminal defense throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and various other Northern California Counties.  He successfully represented hundreds of clients before deciding to start The Law Offices of Erik Nicholson in his home state of Oregon.

Erik has a passion for defending the accused and is happy to give a free case evaluation and consultation to anyone in need.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. Domestic Violence: 30%
    6 years, 300 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    6 years, 550 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 30%
    6 years, 400 cases
  4. General Practice: 5%
    6 years, 300 cases
  5. Identity Theft: 5%
    6 years, 50 cases



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

25 total 

  • Eric M Lee-O'Brien

    Having known Mr. Nicholson for several years I can say, without reservation, that he is one of the most dedicated, hardworking young attorneys practicing criminal defense in Oregon. His attention to detail is second to none and he always puts his clients first.


    Eric Lee-O'Brien Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Bradford Weston

    I endorse this lawyer. Erik Nicholson and I have worked on several cases together and Erik is a fine and talanted criminal defense attorney. Erik comes from a family of fine criminal defense lawyers and if he represents you then you are in good hands. Erik is obviously very smart but he is also a down to earth guy who will listen to your issues over a cold beer and give you his full attention to the matter at hand. You can put your faith in Erik and he will take good care of your case. Stress no more-let Erik handle it.


    Bradford Weston Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

The Law Offices of Erik Nicholson

8875 SW Center Street
Tigard, OR, 97223



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Nominated as finalist for Criminal Defense Law Firm of the YearLawyer Monthly Legal Awards 20112011
Excellence for the Future Award -- Advanced Criminal ProcedureCenter for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction2008
Excellence for the Future -- Advanced ContractsCenter for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Erik Nicholson2010 - Present
Associate AttorneyNicholson & Nicholson2009 - 2010
Legal InternSan Francisco Public Defender's Office2008 - 2008
Legal AssisantNicholson & Nicholson2005 - 2009

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Trial AttorneysMember2013 - Present
Tau Kappa Epsilon - Oregon State UniversityBoard Member2010 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2010 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Washington County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2006 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. K.E.Charges not filed
State v. J.HCase Dismissed
State v. D.K.Case Dismissed

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Publication NameTitleDate
www.NorthwestDefender.comCriminal Case Process2013

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Oregon State UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Freshman OrientationCampus Law2013