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Founded in 2006 by the husband and wife legal team of Mike and Wendy Nichols, the Nichols Law Firm has grown to become one of Michigan's most effective and successful law offices. Our team of Nichols Law Firm lawyers are nationally recognized leaders in the areas of DUI, Marijuana, Family, Divorce, and Personal Injury Law. Attorney Mike Nichols has been repeatedly recognized as a SuperLawyer by Thomsen Reuters West for Criminal Law, in addition to authoring the Michigan OUI Handbook for WestLaw. No matter how big or how small the situation you find yourself in may be, you can trust that there is an honest and fearless advocate at the Nichols Law Firm waiting to help you get the results you need.

Having a run-in on the wrong side of the law can be the most nerve wracking experience one can face. The Nichols Lawyers know that the first question you likely think of after your arrest is “what’s next?” Being convicted of a crime can change your life forever. Whether you’re charged with OWI, Marijuana Possession, Misconduct in Office, or homicide, having a dedicated criminal defense team can mean all the difference in the outcome you experience. For people who are dependent on their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to live, they have no option but to fight the charges against them and avoid a license suspension.

With OWI or Drug Use charges, science matters. The Nichols Lawyers are nationally recognized leaders in challenging the police science and legal tactics being used against you. After years of fighting for scientific fairness, Mike Nichols secured a court decision which changed the face of forensic measurement in Michigan and states around the country by requiring that courts verify the validity of science being used against an accused person.

We are proud to have earned our reputation of being hardworking in every field we practice. Attorney Wendy Schiller-Nichols has tirelessly worked for more than defending the rights drivers who have been hurt in an accident by an at-fault driver. Attorney Karen Phillips has been recognized as a rising star on the coveted SuperLawyers list for her work on complex criminal and family law issues, including Driver’s License Restorations. Attorney Joshua Covert, the “Michigan Cannabis Defender” is a national leader in marijuana defense and fighting for the rights of medical marijuana patients. He earned widespread acclaim for his work in the so- called "Baby Bree" case. Attorney James Heos has spent 40 years fighting for the rights of his injured clients and securing million dollar verdicts. Attorney Stephanie Tzafaroglou has been the driving force at the center of monumental court decisions from all over the state of Michigan. Her research and briefs have helped change Michigan law for her clients, including many high profile cases.

Hiring the Nichols Law Firm does not just provide you with an attorney on your case; you’re hiring our full team. From the ground up, your case will be given the attention it deserves starting at the moment you walk into our office. We encourage you to browse our website to find more information about the law, police science, and how you can help your Nichols Lawyer build a strategy to secure the result that you need to move past your current legal issue. Through our commitment to results, we are excited to earn your trust.

Thank you, Veterans

East Lansing attorney Mike Nichols offers thanks to all those who are serving, have served, and gave their lives in protection of our country and our freedoms.

Charges Dismissed Against Deputy Iosco Treasurer in Scathing Court Opinion

(East Tawas, MI) - In a scathing ruling that repudiates the judgment of the county prosecutor in bringing charges, an Iosco County Judge dismissed a criminal case filed by the Iosco County Prosecutor against a county employee. Mike Nichols, defense attorney for Deputy Treasurer Cathy Anderson, praised the ruling and blamed the prosecutor for “putting my client through hell” in order to gain publicity for her judicial campaign.

“What [Iosco Prosecutor] Nichol Palumbo tried to do here amounts to an abuse of power,” Nichols says. Nichols said that “the judge finding that no money was missing was a simple application of basic facts to the law. I made a 5 minute phone call with the county auditor to learn that no funds were missing. If prosecutor Palumbo had taken just a little bit of time to actually investigate the facts, this case would not have seen the light of day.”

Palumbo charged Cathy Anderson with a 10 year felony for Embezzlement by a Public Official. A preliminary examination was held on August 23rd and both sides submitted legal briefs shortly after. Iosco Judge Allen C. Yenior dismissed the case in a 4 page opinion issued October 12, 2016 that stated his finding that the charges should have never been brought. Specifically the judge questioned the statement filed by the prosecutor to seek a warrant against Ms. Anderson because it was “devoid of necessary information for a probable cause finding” and filled with “pure conclusion.” Ms. Anderson, a long-time employee of the treasurer’s office, who raised her kids in Iosco County says “I feel vindicated of criminal wrongdoing. I now am going to contemplate my next steps but first I need to put my life together again. This has been hard. It was hard to work in the office with the stress and tension. I am planning my next steps.”

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For Nichols, the prosecutor’s actions raise serious questions about her political motivations. “Prosecutor Palumbo put my client through hell for her own political gain and she should have to answer to why she decided to waste the taxpayers’ money on charging this case,” he said. In particular, Nichols wants answers on whether the prosecutor made any agreement with treasury department employee Jane Hackborn in exchange for Hackborn’s bizarre and incomprehensible testimony at the preliminary examination, which Judge Yenior considered to be biased and not credible in his opinion. Nichols added that “the timing of a meeting between Hackborn and Palumbo over this issue just a few days before Hackborn filed to run for the Treasurer’s job and Palumbo brought these unfounded charges speaks for itself.”

Nichols will be available to meet with the media Thursday October 13th and Friday October 14th in East Tawas.”

Big Changes Coming to Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law

Michigan Cannabis Defender Josh Covert on the Medical Marijuana Bills That May Soon Become Law

Michigan Marijuana Attorney and Advocate Josh Covert tracked a package of bills that were voted out of the Michigan Senate on Thursday September 8, 2016. The bills will have the effect of taxing the patients who need medicinal marijuana and regulating the providers of medicine that is delivered throughout the state. Before these bills become law, the Michigan House must concur on amendments before they can reach the Governor’s desk. Under Michigan’s legislative system, proposed laws must be passed in the exact same form in both chambers. If both chambers can’t agree on the language of the bill, a special committee is then formed to reconcile the differences in the legislation. All of this means that there is still time to call your elected Representatives and Senators if you do not like something in this legislation. Nichols Lawyer Josh Covert comments on the bills:

Text of the Senate-passed bills can be found below with our brief summary of the legislation.

House Bill 4209

  • Creates the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA)
  • Sets up the legal process for people to open marijuana retailers such as provisioning centers, transportation services, and growing operations
  • Removes criminal and civil penalties for business operating in compliance with the act
  • Implements a 3% sales tax to be distributed proportionally among cities and counties with marijuana facilities and various law enforcement groups

House Bill 4210

  • Legalizes the use of marijuana infused products and concentrates by qualifying patients with a valid registry card

House Bill 4827

  • Creates a statewide database to track medical marijuana from seed to sale
  • Database will track the sale and inventory of marijuana at facilities
  • Database must be accessible to law enforcement to ensure that patients and caregivers are valid and have not exceeded the daily purchase amount to be determined by the newly created Medical Marijuana Licensing Board

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Don’t get burned by these proposed changes. To find out if you might be impacted by this legislation, call for a consult with the Nichols Lawyers today at (517) 432-9000.

Josh Covert Wins "Law Firm of the Year" Trichome Award from Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients

Congratulations to Nichols Law Firm partner Josh Covert. Thanks to Mr. Covert's efforts as an activist and fighter for Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients, the Nichols Law Firm was named law firm of the year at the recent Extreme Cannaquest Expo in Lansing.

Covert says "it was an honor just to be nominated by the patients. It was the inaugural Extreme Cannaquest Expo and that made the award extra special." The award was presented by Hybrid Life Magazine and

Mike Nichols, Founder of the Nichols Law Firm, credits Covert. "This award was all Josh. I'm grateful for his dedication to his clients and his cause but probably not nearly as grateful as all the people who he's spent countless hours helping," he says. You can reach Josh Covert at Mike Nichols can be reached at


Courser & Gamrat Opinion & Order on Cotter Subpoena

Judge rules that the Michigan House Speaker Cannot have Blanket Immunity in Gamrat case

Michigan criminal attorney Mike Nichols, who represents Cindy Gamrat, a former legislator now charged with misconduct in office says that the ruling strikes the right balance. "The Nixon case is uniquely suited for analyzing this situation legally and historically, as it relates to the claims by Kevin Cotter that he may not be compelled as a witness."


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Peer Recognition

Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.