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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


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



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  • Rhett L Bernstein

    As a judge, I've had the opportunity to observe Erik Nicholson represent persons charged with DUII on many occasions. He is intelligent, works zealously for his clients and demonstrates high-level trial skills. I highly recommend Erik Nicholson.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Erik Nicholson

8875 SW Center Street
Tigard, OR, 97223


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2015
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