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Following several years at the Public Defender’s Office, Gene developed a private law practice focusing on civil and criminal litigation.  While continuing his representation of criminal clients, Gene expanded his law practice to include the representation of physicians, corporations, and business professionals while with the local firm of Bullock, Childs, Pendley and Reed, and then with the statewide firm of Wicker Smith.

For the last ten years, Gene’s legal practice has focused almost exclusively on DUI defense and substance abuse offenses.  In this practice, Gene learned the art of helping people start new beginnings when substance abuse had taken over.   Gene also continues to practice civil and commercial litigation, representing local businesses in their various litigation needs.

Gene has been presented as a legal expert by WJXT Channel 4 discussing various criminal and civil issues.  

Gene is the father of nine year old twins.  His wife, Caroline is a Jacksonville native and is a real estate attorney and a law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.  Gene is an active community volunteer, serving his children’s Day School, where he serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors, and his Church, where he serves as a former Vestry Member and their current legal counsel.  Over the years, Gene has been involved with several local philanthropic groups, including the Duval County Teen Court Program and Prisoners of Christ Ministry.  Gene currently teaches Advanced Criminal Procedure at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville.  He also serves the as a member of the Board of Trustees of Angels for Allison, a nonprofit helping families who have lost loved ones at a young age.  Otherwise, he can be found on the soccer field, running carpool or at the swimming pool with his twins.



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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    18 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    15 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    18 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

25 total 

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  • John Michael Phillips

    Without hesitation, I recommend Gene. He is an excellent lawyer and person and a leader in the community. I have known him for many years and have relied on him to explain criminal legal matters on many occasions. Do not hesitate to call on him if legal trouble finds you.


    John Phillips Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Davenport

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Nichols is one of the finest defense attorneys that I have had the privilege of practicing against. He is a true professional both inside and outside the courtroom.


    Jeffrey Davenport Government Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

300 West Adams Street
Suite 130
Jacksonville, FL, 32202


FLMember in Good Standing199806/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hall of Honor 2006National Youth Court2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorFlorida Coastal School Of Law2013 - Present
PartnerNichols & Pina, LLLP2011 - Present
AttorneyEpstein & Robbins, P.A.2005 - 2011
Associate AttorneyWicker Smith Et Al2004 - 2005
Associate AttorneyBullock, Childs, Pendley and Reed2001 - 2004
Assistant Public DefenderOffice Of The Public Defender 4th Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, Fl1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2011 - Present
Michelle Kalil for JudgeTreasurer2011 - Present
Episcopal High SchoolBoard Member-Alumni Board2009 - Present
Prisoners for ChristN/A2008 - Present
St. Mark's Episcopal Day SchoolBoard of Directors2007 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Jacksonville Teen CourtMentor and Judge1999 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. TBReckless Driving
State of Florida v. DHDismissed
State of Florida v. JPNot Guilty at Trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Jacksonville UniversityHistory, PsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Episcopal School of JacksonvilleN/ADiploma1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Professionalism SeminarProfessionalism in the Courtroom2013
The Ten O'Clock NewsCriminal Defense2012
The Six and Eleven O'Clock NewsState v. Fernandez2012
The Morning ShowCriminal Defense2012
FCSL ABA student luncheonOpening Your Own Law Practice2012
Lawering ProcessClient Counseling2011