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Joel Phillip Nichols

About me

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.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    22 years, 500 cases
  3. Family: 10%
    22 years, 500 cases
  4. Business: 10%
    22 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($325/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

11 total 

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  • Scott C. Breneman

    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.


    Scott Breneman Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

3411 Colby Ave
Everett, WA, 98201-4709


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate - Standardized Field Sobriety Test InstructorLaPier & Associates2009
Certificate - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student CourseLaPier & Associates2006
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDeno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC , PLLC2002 - Present
Administrative Law Judge pro temState of Washington Office of Administrative Hearings2008 - 2009
Attorney/DirectorUnemployment Law Project1999 - 2002
AttorneyLaw Office of Joel P. Nichols1994 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2006 - Present
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Snohomish County Legal ServicesVolunteer Attorney2002 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1994 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Washington State Office of Administrative HearingsAdministrative Law Judge pro tem2008 - 2009
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2007 - 2008
King County Bar AssociationMember1994 - 2002
King County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal ServicesVolunteer Attorney1994 - 1999
Unemployment Law ProjectVolunteer Attorney1994 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)The Secret to Trial Mastery: Hard Work2013
Defense Magazine (WACDL)Not So Fast – Limits on Tribal Authority to Stop and Arrest Non-Tribal Members2011
Defense Magazine (WACDL)Update on Tribal Authority to Stop, Detain, and Arrest Non-Tribal Members2011
Washington State Trial Lawyers (WSTLA) Trial NewsIncreased ESD and DLI Data Sharing — A Trap for the Unwary2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers (WSTLA) Trial NewsNew Rules Offer Little Comfort to Unemployed Workers2005
Trial News, Washington State Trial LawyersUnemployed Worker Rights Eroded by Boeing Flight Fear2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of WashingtonEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Unemployment TrainingDifferenceces Between Unemployment and Court Hearings2013
Helping Clients Get Back on TrackImplications of Criminal Convictions on Employment2011
Employment Law by the ProsWage and Hour 1012011
WSTLA Annual Employment Law UpdateTools and Practical Applications2006