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About me

Nichols speaks to lawyers at numerous seminars on the
topics of
criminal defense and defense of OUI, DWI, and DUI drunk
cases. He is a perennial attendee at national seminars on
driving defense and is a certified Intoxilyzer 5000
operator. Mr.
Nichols has appeared on a variety of television and radio
to discuss high-profile cases that he has defended. The
Maine Sunday
Telegram recently described him as a "zealous and fearless

advocate." In addition to handling dozens of homicides and

other serious felonies, Mr. Nichols has represented
thousands of
citizens accused of drunk driving. He is widely regarded
as Maine's
best attorney in the field of drunk driving defense. Mr.
also maintains an extensive practice in the defense of
homicides and misdemeanor criminal offenses.


Contact info

Nichols Webb & Loranger PA

477 Congress Street Suite 800
Portland, ME, 04101

Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    29 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    29 years, 500 cases

Attorney endorsements

9 total 

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  • Maurice R. Porter

    Matthew is a good guy and a great attorney. I go to him frequently with questions regarding OUIs and BMV matters. Knowledgeable and experienced, I trust him 100%.


    Maurice Porter Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Amy Theresa Robidas

    Matt Nichols is one of the most knowledgeable OUI attorneys in Maine and a true OUI specialist. As a bonus to those of us who also practice criminal defense, he is extremely generous with that knowledge. His experience as an outstanding criminal defense attorney has helped all of his clients who faced criminal charges. I endorse this lawyer.


    Amy Robidas Divorce and separation Attorney
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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Intoxilyzer 5000 OperatorNational College of DUI Defense1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Maine Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Maine State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maine School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of MaineHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Maine Criminal Defense CLEOUI Administrative Hearings and Suspensions2009
Maine Criminal Defense CLEAdvanced Training for OUI Defense2009
Maine Criminal Defense CLEBasic Training for OUI Defense2008
OUI Defense SeminarBasic OUI Defense Laying the Cornerstone2007
Maine Criminal Defense CLEOUI Defense in Maine2007
OUI/DUI SeminarAdvanced OUI/DUI Seminar2006
OUI CLEOUI/DUI Defense: Demystifying the Science2005
DUI/DWI CLEStrategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases2003
Cumberland Bar OUI CLEThe Ins and Outs of OUI Defense2003
DUI/DWI CLEStrategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases2002