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Eugene Bullard Nichols

DUI and DWI Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

4.5   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Eugene

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Practice areas

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 twenty years, Gene’s legal practice has focused on DUI defense, family law and personal injury.  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.

For the last ten or so years, Gene's legal practice expanded into helping individuals with their family law issues.  After years of assisting folks in trouble, it was a natural progression to continue to help entire families find solutions to their problems.  Gene handles all forms of family matters including divorce, child custody, alimony, and property distribution issues.

Gene has been presented as a legal expert by multiple news outlets, including WJXT Channel 4 discussing various criminal and civil issues.  

Gene is the father of eighteen year old twins.  His wife, Caroline is a Jacksonville native and is a real estate attorney at Landmark Title and a former law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.  Gene is an active community volunteer, serving his children’s School as a member of the Board of Directors,  Over the years, Gene has been involved with several local philanthropic groups, including the Duval County Teen Court Program, St. Marks Episcopal Church, Downtown Rotary, and Prisoners of Christ Ministry.  Gene has served as an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville.  He also has served 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.  

 

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Location

Nichols and Pina, LLLP
218 Broad Street
Jacksonville, FL, 32202

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Right Guy for the Job
I retained Gene for a contentious family law case, and couldn't have been happier having him in my corner. He is compassionate, matter-of-fact, and tough when he needs to be. He and his team are knowledgable and professional, and made this high anxiety situation so much more bearable. I highly recommend him for family law cases.
Posted by Allison | May 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply amazing
I have been working towards finalizing my divorce for over 4 years now, This team of attorneys is amazing, they got the job done timely and were so effective at dealing with both sides of this with unprecedented grace. My paralegal went to bat for me and was amazing at what she does. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone else needing an attorney. They are extremely professional and really care about their clients and aren’t about the money, they have heart. If I ever need another attorney again they are my go to, I couldn’t be happier this chapter in my life is finally closed.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2018
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Highly Recommend
Gene Nichols is an amazing lawyer. I am a client, and would highly recommend him to anyone in need. The staff is friendly and personable and will work incredibly hard for you. I could not trust anyone more. He demonstrates a high level of professionalism and personal attention to all his clients. I don't have enough words to describe how amazing my experience was with this firm. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2017
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A great lawyer, and a better friend.
I've known Gene (along with dozens of other lawyers) for over 10 years but never thought I would need his services. But that's not how life works sometimes. When my family member needed help, I knew there was only one person to call. Gene was professional, helpful, knowledgeable and mater-of-fact in his work. He is a honest man and worked hard to reach an honorable outcome. I hold him in the highest regards and would not hesitate to recommend or retain him again if needed.
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Posted by Charles B. | October 17, 2016
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Knowledgeable, compassionate and determined Attorney
From the minute I called Gene he took control of my case and lead me straight through to a incredible outcome in an unfortunate situation. He combined law and compassion to deal with the legal side of the issue as well as the human side. I am forever grateful to have Gene in my corner and never once felt I was just a number in a file - top notch attorney and a stand up individual.
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Posted by Carlton | September 12, 2012
Gene Nichols DELIVERS! He gets the job done--honestly, professionally, passionately. The Go-to-Guy!
In my life, I NEVER planned on being in a situation where I needed an attorney. But when that unfortunate day arrived I knew only one man to call: Gene Nichols. I knew Gene personally as an honest, hardworking leader in the community. He's a good man. I was pleased to learn--he's an even better attorney. Gene handled my case directly and stayed in constant contact with me to share updates and new information pertaining to my case. He handled the case quickly and thoroughly. I felt like I knew exactly what was happening at every stage of the process. He was honest with me about the likelihood of each scenario. Gene's legal expertise and prominent reputation in the legal community made my experience as stress-free as these things can be. He took a personal interest in my case and really made me feel like he was fighting for me. If you want the highest quality experience with a bright, honest and effective attorney--I strongly recommend Gene Nichols. He delivers!
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Posted by Mindy Underwood | July 17, 2012
Attorney Eugene Nichols is AMAZING!
I have had to hire over 4 attorney within a year and until I found Mr. Nichols I had given up all hope in law and I had lost all faith and trust in lawyers! Attorney Eugene Nichols changed my mind 100%! Individuals seeking legal advice, help and representation need not look any further, Attorney Eugene Nichols is your man. Mr. Nichols's professionalism, follow through and expertise was above all my expectations.  He represents the field of law in such a way that Mr. Nichols brings nothing but compassion, integrity and honor to the justice system.  I would recommend his services a million times over! Thank you so much Eugene! I pray that I can raise my boys to have the kind of character you have! We are so grateful for your help!
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2011
Excellent Attorney with Good Moral Character
Attorney Nichols is a fine attorney with an excellent moral character. He treats all of his clients as if they are his only client. He works hard to ensure that each and every client is treated fairly and are given the best deal possible. He ensures that all of his clients understand and are fully aware of their plea agreements. He is a fine trial attorney and if he takes your case to trial he will win it. He is not an attorney who just does the work for the money; he genuinely cares about his clients and his staff. I recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Daniel | March 6, 2011
awsome lawyer that really cares about what happends to you!
Mr. Nichols is the best lawyer one could ask for. I went to him with a charge that has a mandatory jail sentence. My daughter was just born so I was scared to death of leaving my wife and her alone. When I talked to him for the first time I could tell he knew what he was talking about and he was very honest. I did not feel like he was telling me what I wanted to hear so he could get my money, so I chose him. After one week of him taking my case, he called me back into his office to talk. When I got there he told me that we were going to go talk to the state attorney, and if everything went well they would give me pre-trial intervention for six months and then drop the charges. That's pretty incredible that they didn't prosecute . Trust me they had enough evidence against me to do so. Somehow he got all the charges dropped and I never even had to go to court. He had serious influence on state attorney's decision. That is what everyone is looking for when they hire an attorney for a criminal defense case. Best choice I have ever made letting him fight my case. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2018
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Great Work... Little Communication
The consultation he came off as a go getter, that he had my best interest in mind, and that I could contact him anytime. The only complaint was the lack of communication. I would have to initiate the lines of communication and often it went unanswered until last minute. But he got the job done and I believe it was the best possible outcome for my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
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Zero communication
During my experience with Gene I was unaware of what was goin on until the day I was about to lose my case... he told me one thing in the beginning and a whole lot different towards the end. Felt unworthy.
Response from Eugene Nichols January 20, 2024
So the irony with this post is this client has hired the firm two to three times since this post and we are now friends. His family has hired the firm when they needed help . I never asked him to change this post because I think he would be embarrassed, but bluntly, this practice is not easy. Sometimes people are upset. I leave this post up to remember that no matter how hard you work, help is not always easy and not everyone is happy afterward. I am honored to help this person, whenever he calls and I call him a friend. I also love his restaurant!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Florida Coastal School Of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Nichols & Pina, LLLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Epstein & Robbins, P.A.
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wicker Smith Et Al
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bullock, Childs, Pendley and Reed
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender 4th Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, Fl
  • 1998 - 2001
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • law
  • 1998
  • Jacksonville University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992
  • Episcopal School of Jacksonville
  • Diploma
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Florida v. RC
  • Dismissal
  • State of Florida v. DH
  • Dismissed
  • State of Florida v. JP
  • Not Guilty at Trial
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Associations

  • Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - Present
  • Michelle Kalil for Judge
  • Treasurer
  • 2011 - Present
  • Episcopal High School
  • Board Member-Alumni Board
  • 2009 - Present
  • Prisoners for Christ
  • 2008 - Present
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Day School
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • 1998 - Present
  • Jacksonville Teen Court
  • Mentor and Judge
  • 1999 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Hall of Honor 2006
  • National Youth Court
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Professionalism Seminar
  • Professionalism in the Courtroom
  • 2013
  • FCSL ABA student luncheon
  • Opening Your Own Law Practice
  • 2012
  • Lawering Process
  • Client Counseling
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (11)
Endorse Eugene
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gene for more than 15 years. Besides the fact that he is a nice guy and well liked, he is also known in the legal community as being extremely aggressive and prepared for any hearing or jury trial - every time."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Nichols is one of the most professional and knowledgable attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of representing a case against."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. True professional and zealous advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great lawyer. Very honest and dependable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Eugene. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gene is a principled, ethical, and highly skilled attorney whose knowledge and abilities in his practice areas are superb. I have referred a number of clients to Gene over the years and will continue to do so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Mr. Nicols for 13 years and have always known him to be a man of integrity, and a refined attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Gene as a young prosecutor in county court. He represented many people I prosecuted for DUI and did so with a level of skill matched by very few defense attorneys. Whenever I saw Gene's name on a new case, I knew that no stone would be left unturned. I've also served with him on our high school alumni board for a number of years and have gotten to know him and his family on a personal level. I would, without a doubt, recommend him to anyone needing an experienced DUI attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Jacksonville DUI and DWI Lawyer Eugene Bullard Nichols
Eugene Bullard Nichols
DUI and DWI Attorney
Jacksonville, FL
Licensed for 25 years
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