Steven A. Nichols

Steven A. Nichols


Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Recognized since 2016

Irvine, California

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Construction
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Steve Nichols has over 30 years of experience as a construction and commercial law and litigation specialist, and is co-chair of Rutan’s Construction Law Group. He represents prime and specialty contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, institutional and private owners, developers, builders, design professionals, lenders, insurers, distributors, and others in business and construction law matters.

Steve has assisted clients in negotiating and drafting a wide array of construction and commercial agreements, and has extensive experience and an impeccable record as a courtroom trial lawyer, including matters involving large infrastructure projects, transit and highway projects, commercial structures, power plant construction and financing arrangements, public facility development and construction, manufacturing and other facilities.

He has extensive experience in state, federal and appellate courts, arbitration and mediation proceedings, and also serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s large complex case panel of arbitrators.

Most recently, Steve was selected as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers chosen by the Daily Journal, and has also been voted by OC Metro as one of their “Top 25.” He achieved these honors for his exemplary courtroom victories, extensive construction law transactional experience, numerous large awards, and significant settlements including several large awards against the California Department of Transportation, among others.

Location

  • 18575 Jamboree Road, Ninth Floor
    Irvine, CA 92612

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Headquarters: Irvine, California

20 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

9 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Construction

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Construction, Orange County (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction

Awards:

  • California’s Top 100 Lawyers chosen by the Daily Journal
  • OC Metro as one of their “Top 25”
  • 2021 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Construction Litigation

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