Mike Nichols

Charges Dismissed Against Former State Representative Cindy Gamrat

Mike Nichols and the Nichols Law Firm won the case for former State Representative Cindy Gamrat against the Attorney General.

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Michael J. Nichols

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Michael J. (Mike) Nichols is one of the leading trial attorneys in the State of Michigan. He also co-authored a chapter update for the West Publication ‘‘Inside the Minds’’ with Dr. Andreas Stolz, PhD and Ted Vosk called ‘‘DUI Mathematics.’’ Mike and attorney Jeremy Brehmer, Esq. then collaborated with Dr. Stolz on measurement uncertainty, limits of detection and validation for the same publication. Mike has presented several times at national conferences for the National College for DUI Defense, the DUI Defense Lawyers of America and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The “West OWI Handbook” is now in its second decade!

Mike Nichols is an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley law school’s Lansing campus, focusing on DUI Law and Practice and Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law.

Mike Nichols is an active trial lawyer focusing on defending those accused of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. His recent successful cases include defending a man charged with 2nd Degree Murder for his second fatal accident in which he was driving and alcohol was in his system along with marijuana and other drugs (People v Hawk Berning). He secured a not guilty verdict in :30 seconds in a case involving a .14 breath alcohol content in East Lansing, teaming with retired contractor Dale Haverdink. Mr. Haverdink was the 120 day service technician for National Patent Analytical Systems (NPAS), the original manufacturer of the Datmaster DMT breath test device and he now consults with the Nichols Law Firm, PLLC. Mike successfully defended State Representative Cindy Gamrat, who was exonerated when District Court Judge Hugh B. Clarke (ret) dismissed all charges against her filed by former Attorney General Bill Schuette (this was a non-DUI case that the NLF took on because, as Mike told the press “this was a political stunt”).

He also focuses on complex forensic issues and other limited litigation matters. For example, Mike Nichols defended the driver-accused in what is believed to be the first ever black box vehicular homicide case and won a not guilty in People v Wood. He is a founding member of the Nichols Law Firm, PLLC in East Lansing. The firm was launched by Mike and Wendy Schiller-Nichols in 2006 while Mike was co-counsel that year on one of the most notoriousmurder trials in Michigan history, People vHolland.

Mike is an active member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) since 2000, serving on the Rules and Laws (legislative committee). He was a CDAM Trial College Faculty member in 2010 and 2011. Mike helped launch the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIAOWIA) in 2012. Mike and Wendy live in East Lansing and are practicing Catholics and members of the St. Thomas Aquinas/St. John Student Center Parish. They have 2 kids (Lauren and Christian) in college and a 3rd daughter, Morgan, still at home. He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University and was thrilled to give Cassius Winston, one of the greatest Spartans of all-time, his first job “my best lawyering was convincing him to go into something other than the law.”

Why are we still guessing?

National DUI Defense Leader Mike Nichols Speaks in Scottsdale Arizona on Cross Examination

Mike Nichols, a national speaker and author on forensic evidence in DUI defense, talked about using Aristotle’s theories of rhetoric to cross examine effectively during his presentation at the DUI Defense Lawyers of America Winter Session

Expungement Questions are blowing up our phone lines - we’ve got some resources

Expungement reform is probably the development of got the most attention in Michigan criminal law from 2020 - but it is not the only thing. Mike Nichols discusses expungement expansion that did occur and additional expansion that we expect to occur. Also: a new proposed law that further restricts cell phone use by a driver.

Watch here for vignettes from attorney Chris Wickman breaking down all of the other developments from the last legislative session in Michigan as they impact criminal law.


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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.