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Sunday, March 1, 2015

DUI and Criminal Defense Leader Karen Phillps of Dewitt is Now a Partner at the East Lansing-based Nichols Law Firm

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Karen L. Phillips

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Nichols Law Firm names Karen Phillips Partner

East Lansing - The Nichols Law Firm announces that Karen L. Phillips is now an income partner. Phillips is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a business degree and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Phillips also worked at an accounting firm in Chicago. She is the first partner to be added to the law firm since it was founded.

Phillips focuses her practice on litigation in criminal law/DUI and divorce. She is a trained mediator and is completing her clinical mediation training in order to take new cases as a low cost alternative to families experiencing divorce. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 2007.

Phillips has been a member of the National College for DUI defense since 2010 and completed the NCDD Summer Session in 2011. She also completed the NACDL forensic evidence course in 2013. Philips is an active member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. She co-presented along with Mike Nichols at the 2014 CDAM summer conference on roadside saliva testing. She was the only attorney to attain a not guilty verdict during the spate of "riot" cases in East Lansing in 2008.

Phillips says “The knowledge that I have gained since I started with The Nichols Law Firm has been immense, and I look forward to continuing that. They gave me a chance as a young attorney to develop my own style and helped me craft that as the years have passed." . Mike Nichols says "Karen is an incredible lawyer; just one of those people who has credibility because she tries to succeed and fight for her client and she does it the right way."

Phillips lives in Dewitt. She will continue accepting indigent defense cases from the Ingham County roster. She can be reached at The firm's equity partners remain Wendy M Schiller-Nichols and Michael J. Nichols. The firm was established in 2006 by Wendy. M. Schiller-Nichols.


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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.