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Joel Phillip Nichols

Employment and labor Attorney at Everett, WA

4.7   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joel

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When I am not championing justice for my clients, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, fishing, volunteering for my duaghter's sports teams, and playing the drums.

Location

Joel Phillip Nichols
3411 Colby Ave
Everett, WA, 98201-4709

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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Ryan | January 26, 2015
Honest and Sincere
Joel was a very communicative and up front kind of guy. If he diddnt know, he would tell you and get back to you with an answer. I feel that my matters were resolved in a reasonable time at a reasonable rate. If I have any issues in the future I would trust Joel to handle them.
Posted by Chere' | January 22, 2015
A Truly Happy Client
I hired Joel Nichols to represent me in a civil matter and can honestly say he had and kept my best interest in mind throughout the case. He is honest, knowledgeable and professional. Joel kept me informed, listened to my concerns and worked so very hard for me from beginning of the case to the very end of the case. I felt so fortunate to have his skill and tenacity on my side. If I ever need an attorney again, I will most definitely and without a doubt return to Joel Nichols.
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Posted by Ann | September 17, 2014
Thank you.
My case with Joel Nichols has extended over the course of a year. As all cases are, it has been emotionally draining. That being said, my situation has dealt with horrifically difficult issues. Joel has given me prudent guidance throughout this time. The number of hours he put into my case were above and beyond, and his trial abilities are absolutely skilled.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
Kudos to a smart, hardworking and compassionate attorney.
Our family has spent the last year working with Mr. Nichols on a very difficult case involving domestic and child abuse. I have worked with many attorneys in the context of my own profession and have never seen anyone work harder to obtain the right outcome. He was a caring and compassionate advocate as well as an extremely smart and knowledgable attorney. He has my respect and my gratitude. I would recommend him to anyone. He obtained the outcome which guaranteed protection of both abused parties.
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Posted by Ericka | August 21, 2014
A LAWYER TO STAND BY YOU!
I have never been one to write testimonial's or fill out surveys, even though I have run across many individuals deserving of my gratitude and thanks. But, this time I feel compelled to give a testimonial of Joel Nichols because I am sure there are many of you out there that do not know where to turn when a life changing episode happens unexpectedly and has the ability to debilitate your mental and physical being. In 2009 I was fired by a large corporation in the State of Washington after working there for 5 years as an executive with exemplary appraisals and many accolades. The reason for my firing is still being challenged in the court systems 5 years later. I contacted Joel soon after I was fired, I had talked to another firm, but they did not want to take on such a big giant, stating that this particular corporation had "deep pockets and could go on forever." Joel spent hours with me, understanding this law suit could be a very complicated maze of rules, both due to public and private policies, explaining the process and the endurance needed, not sugar-coating anything. The structure of this corporation and the intricacies involved in the case should have been overwhelming for anyone to comprehend, but Joel spent hours of time reviewing hundreds if not thousands of documents and did his magic. This is a case that could have been monetarily, mentally and physically consuming, but Joel has supported all three and not once did Joel forget over the last 5 years who I was, how I was feeling, always in touch to keep me in the loop, but most important that he believed in my case and was fighting for justice for me. Everyone wants their voice heard and case won, but more important is that you are validated throughout your plight, and Joel not only has the ability to comprehend and articulate, his integrity, ethics, and his passion for his clients is unmeasurable. It is who he is! I encourage anyone who needs a lawyer to take the time to talk to Joel Nichols; I will guarantee you will come out feeling that you have chosen the right person to protect your rights.
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Posted by Paul | August 13, 2014
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Joel provided me with exceptional service when defending me in a DWI case. He showed a very high level of professionalism and instilled trust and confidence in me that he would do all he could to help me in my case. Not only that but he is a very personable individual and our line of communication was excellent.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014
Settlement Case
Joel was recommended to me by a friend who is a labor attorney. Joel was able to quickly understand my situation, make specific action steps and followed through in a timely manner at each step of the way. I appreciated Joel's knowledge of the law and his ability to clearly explain to me what my options were during the process. Joel treated me with respect and was very responsive to my calls and emails to him. I would highly recommend Joel in this area.
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Posted by Clarence | August 6, 2014
Unemployment Law
I had a question on a non compete clause and a release letter for severance for a former company I worked for. Mr. Nichols knowledge of unemployment law gave me clarity and peace of mind so that I can move on with my career. If you have questions about unemployment law. I recommend Mr. Nichols
Posted by Rob | June 30, 2014
Excellent Legal Advice and He Won The Unemployment Claim For My Wife In Redmond, Washington
My wife recently had a legal issue based upon leaving the company she had worked for in Redmond, WA. I found Joel on the internet along with several other potential lawyers. Joel responded quickly to my initial email even though it was during the weekend. After explaining the issue regarding both my wife and her previous employer to him over the phone Joel provided some immediate feedback as to what was realistic to expect as an outcome. My wife and I approach issues like this differently so Joel had to work with the legal issues and client personalities. After we met in person with Joel at his office, we hired him and he went to work. Joel struck the right balance in dealing with all of the parties and was able to win the appeal case. Good job!
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Posted by Mark | November 2, 2012
Superb legal advocate. Very knowledgeable of the law, excellent attorney client rapport.
I'm a Florida attorney with legal experiences in Florida DUI law as well as probation law. I hired Mr. Nichols to handle a DUI case for a family member in Washington a year ago. Choosing Mr. Nichols was basically a shot in the dark because of my unfamiliarity with the area. We couldn't have been more fortunate in the choice. Mr. Nichols effectively dismantled the state's case in short order forcing them into a reduction of the charge. That said, if not for other commitments and the distances and time involved between Florida and Washington, I would have been very comfortable in recommending to the family member to have Mr. Nichols take the case to trial. I based this on my knowledge of Florida DUI law with independent research on Washington DUI law coupled with Mr. Nichol's extremely competent explanation and advice on the merits of the case and the status of Washington law. I was very impressed with Mr. Nichol's ability to establish a rapport with the layperson family member. We were under severe time constraints while in Washington and recognizing this, Mr. Nichols kept us informed of each step in the process, met with us for two productive sessions, set up required appointments with other entities and generally made the whole process as smooth as could be expected. But this is only half of the review. A year later, due to absolutely bogus allegations of probation violation and with less than a week's constructive notice to the family member for a show cause hearing in a state almost 3000 miles away, Mr. Nichols again stepped in on very short notice (about 4 days) and again dismantled the state's charges, obviating the need for a personal court appearance. In my professional opinion, Mr. Nichols is very bright, articulate, extremely knowledgeable attorney and I would not hesitate to hire him again.
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Posted by Steve | October 21, 2009
Did an excellent job, and more
Joel took on the state and a major corporation on my behalf and hit it out of the park. The judge seemed to have made up his mind before Joel finished his argument, ruling emphatically in our favor. Beyond that, he discovered a related case I may have against the corporation. Easy to work with, professional, diligent and capable. What else could you want from an attorney?
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Posted by Terry Duncan | August 26, 2009
If you are looking for an attorney, take a moment to read this before you look any further...
Let me start by saying that I am 46 years old and have never taken the time to sit down and write about the quality of service I have received when working with someone. I have never really had reason to. Especially when it came to lawyers, I have worked with several over the years and have always felt like I didnt get what I paid for or what I was promised. I considered attorneys nothing more than parasites. Since seeing the work Mr. Nichols has done in my wifes DUI case from 2007, I have come to realize that you cant paint everyone with the same brush. My wife is usually a good judge of character as far as getting a feel for what type of person someone is. I was surprised when after her first appointment with Mr. Nichols, she came home and said that she had a good feeling about this attorney and commented that he "seemed like an honest guy". The fact that he made her no promises about how her case would turn out, and didnt brag or grandstand throughout their 1 hour consultation, only reinforced her "good feeling" about what type of attorney he was. (She had planned on talking to two other attorneys before retaining one, but quickly changed her mind and decided to hire Joel based on her "good feeling"). I thought this crazy but knew better than to try to convince her otherwise, her mind was made up. I figured it only a matter of time before he began either trying to charge her more, or not return her calls, or charge her a half hour time for a 20 second call, or do some other dishonest thing that attorneys are known to do but it never happened. The more she dealt with him, the more impressed she was. She had many court dates that I attended with her and it wasnt long before I realized how fortunate we were to have an attorney that was so professional, trustworthy, organized and intelligent. He also did well with dealing with my wife who is bi polar and even though stable on meds, often vents for several minutes before allowing the person she's dealing with to get a word in, and I know that Joel was no exception to her venting sessions.. He was kind in that he allowed her to do this, even though it wasnt in his job description, and did so without getting angry at her even though it would have been understandable. To make a long story short, the entire 22 months that this case went on, we were more than happy with Joels service. He did more than we expected and did so with a professional attitude and dedication. I would highly reccomend that anyone seeking a quality attorney, take the time to meet Joel. You dont find people like this anymore, especially in the legal field!
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Honest Attorney?? Its NOT an OxyMoron, but it is a RARE find! You wont be disappointed!!
I assure you that I am not exagerating when I tell you that Mr. Nichols is an excellent attorney!! He representented me for two years on a matter that included many court appearances and several meetings, so I have spent alot of time working with him and can honestly say that I couldnt have asked for better representation. The case I was involved in was resolved a few days ago and when it was all said and done, there wasnt one thing or one area that I can think of over the past two years where I was even slightly disappointed with the way he handled my case. On top of that, his rate is reasonable! For the service I received, I would have paid 40% more and still felt like I got more than my moneys worth. He doesnt pad his time, or charge an hours fee for a 20 phone call. He's fair and honest, and is one of the few attorneys out there who still cares about justice, rather than billable hours. Mr. Nichols very professional in every situation, but isnt the "stuffy" type of professional that none of us like to be around. He's one of those people that you just immediately like. His genuineness is obvious from the first time you meet him and he takes the time to listen to his clients. I could go on and on, but will stop there. If you want more info, Feel free to contact me for more information, my email is [email removed]
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Posted by TL | March 8, 2009
A Good Lawyer? *smile* That is Joel!
Attorneys have a general stereotype of being bloodsucking vampires that have ways to twist laws and language to best fit them. I can wholeheartedly state that Joel is not that type of person. He is extremely intelligent and has the personable skills to truly understand and listen to what I had to say. He steered me threw a difficult time by understanding the situation, listening to my opinion and then sifting that threw the facts of the law he gave me options. HE advised and did not direct. It was never me\us against them. It was the situation compared to the facts of the law. that empowered me to make decisions. That is the difference. In most cases when a customer\client hires a professional we are often given a directive and the steps to take or will be taken. To me that is not what customer service and due diligence is about.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2014
Not Trustworthy
Never kept us informed. Kept running up fees without consultation. Questionable charges. In the end his bill was more than twice what he had quoted. I had done business with Deno Millikan with great results in other matters. I have now taken all of my business and personal legal elsewhere because of Joel. I don't mind paying for good legal assistance but his secretiveness in adding on fees was inexcusable.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC , PLLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Administrative Law Judge pro tem
  • State of Washington Office of Administrative Hearings
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Attorney/Director
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Joel P. Nichols
  • 1994 - 1999
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Snohomish County Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Administrative Law Judge pro tem
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2007 - 2016
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2002
  • King County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 1994 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate - Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor
  • LaPier & Associates
  • 2009
  • Certificate - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course
  • LaPier & Associates
  • 2006
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005

Publications

  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • The Secret to Trial Mastery: Hard Work
  • 2013
  • Defense Magazine (WACDL)
  • Not So Fast – Limits on Tribal Authority to Stop and Arrest Non-Tribal Members
  • 2011
  • Defense Magazine (WACDL)
  • Update on Tribal Authority to Stop, Detain, and Arrest Non-Tribal Members
  • 2011
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers (WSTLA) Trial News
  • Increased ESD and DLI Data Sharing — A Trap for the Unwary
  • 2006
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers (WSTLA) Trial News
  • New Rules Offer Little Comfort to Unemployed Workers
  • 2005
  • Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Unemployed Worker Rights Eroded by Boeing Flight Fear
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Unemployment Training
  • Differenceces Between Unemployment and Court Hearings
  • 2013
  • Helping Clients Get Back on Track
  • Implications of Criminal Convictions on Employment
  • 2011
  • Employment Law by the Pros
  • Wage and Hour 101
  • 2011
  • WSTLA Annual Employment Law Update
  • Tools and Practical Applications
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (11)
Endorse Joel
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joel is an passionate advocate and exceptional technical lawyer. His combination of courtroom presence, client skills, and analytical ability makes him a true asset for anyone needing legal assistance on a difficult legal matter."
General practice Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joel is a courageous and creative attorney who always goes the "extra mile" for his clients. I have benefited greatly from knowing him, and whole-heartedly endorse Joel for personal injury, employment, and other matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joel is highly experienced and very effective in employment law matters for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joel and I have worked together for more than 10 years. Whether he is arguing a nuanced case before Washington's Supreme Court or on the family law motions calendar, he is a committed and straightforward advocate."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with Joel on cases for over 15 years. Joel is an outstanding lawyer. He is smart, diligent, and aggressive with the right tone and right judgment. He is highly experienced. He is focused on getting the best results for his clients. Joel is a fine trial attorney, with a wealth of experience in a variety of matters. I know other lawyers seek advice from Joel, including in the employment law area. Joel's broad life experience gives him an advantage in so much of what we lawyers do with clients and in the courts, including in his relationships with clients and judges. Joel's work ethic is second to none, and his ethics are beyond reproach. I am glad to have the opportunity to unhesitatingly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel has worked for a long time in the DUI Defense field; he is knowledgeable and capable and works hard for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Joel for years, and have seen him work in his capacity as a director of a non profit and as an attorney with his current firm. I endorse this lawyer's work. A client is in very good hands with Joel - he has excellent legal analytical skills and terrific interpersonal skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joel Nichols' strength is his preparation. He is organized and gives attention to detail. Joel's professional attitude and his intellect allow him to be a very successful litigator. I'm proud to endorse Mr. Nichols."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Joel Nichols does excellent work for his clients. He is very experienced & hard working."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a prosecutor, I had the privilege of litigating several criminal cases with Mr. Nichols as the opposing counsel. He is not afraid to take on tough cases and is honest, determined, and extremely knowledgeable. Judges, oppossing attorneys, and colleagues respect and admire him for his dedication and knowledge. I would recommend him to family and friends."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Joel on several cases and have seen him in action in court. Joel is a tireless advocate and will thoroughly search for and raise every defense for his clients. He has been very successful in arguing unique motions and getting great results. He has the knowledge and passion to seek and obtain justice. I have referred many potential clients to Joel knowing they would be in great hands."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Joel for several years and have the privilege of attending an advance standardized field sobriety testing course with him. Joel is respected in the legal community as a hard working, intelligent, and aggressive advocate. I have no hesitation in endorsing his work - as a client, you would be in great hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of watching Joel in action, in court. He actually used a Wahington State Patrol officer as a witness for his client. I later employed his same strategy on one of my cases. Joel's defense strategies are as creative as they are genius. You can be completely confident in his ability to handle your case."
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