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Mr. Nichols is a full time neutral practicing in mediation and arbitration.  He is a partner in Associates in Dispute Resolution. Until December 2003, he maintained a litigation practice involving primarily personal injury, employment, and constitutional litigation.  He now mediates and arbitrates in all areas including the following areas of particular emphasis.  

  • Personal Injury (due to automobiles, vehicles, premises, or criminal agency)
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Employment Claims, race, age and gender, harassment and discrimination
  • Insurance Coverage for fire, casualty, construction and automobile related Issues
  • Cases of Catastrophic Injuries, life care plans and wrongful death
  • Family Law Matters Including financial, custody and parenting issues.  

He is committed to enhancing the abilities of lawyers and other neutrals, and as a result, writes and trains others extensively, including authoring a series of articles on effective advocacy in mediation, and seminar presentations on a wide range of topics including automobile and employment mediations, mediator ethics, high conflict divorce and using and understanding the power of emotion and behavior in mediation.  A complete list of recent speaking engagements is included in his full mediator's resume.

In addition, Mr. Nichols is committed to maintaining and developing his own professional skills.  He is a frequent attendee at national level training programs presented by groups such as the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University (Advanced Mediation, Employment, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice; The Protean Mediator as Leader), the International Academy of Mediators (including Dialogue at Harvard, Master Thinkers Meet Master Practitioners) and The American Bar Association National Meeting of the Section on Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Nichols is a certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (recertified 2004), and has lectured as an adjunct professor at both Washburn University School of Law and the University of Kansas School of Law.  He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1994, is the diplomat of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and served a three-year term as a board member for the Kansas State Board of Indigent Defense Services.  He was president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers in 1997 and President of the Kansas Board of Legal Services, Board of Directors 1999 to 2000.


Author, Rethinking Mediation Advocacy, Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice, 2014. 

KSAJ Article - 2014 - Links

Author, Mediation Advocacy in Employment Litigation ADR News, 2008

Co-author, Mediation Round Table: Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of Mediation, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Volume 26, Number 4, March 2003.

Author, ERISA Restitution Claims:  A Primer on Post-Knudson Litigation Strategy, Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers.


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