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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Felony Drunk Driving Charge with a .19 and an Accident Dismissed!

Amazing Result Was Due to Hard Work

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Monday, February 18, 2008

MIP and Alcohol Case Dismissed when NLF Wins Suppression Motion

A 55th District Court Judge in Ingham County dismissed charges of Minor In Possession (MIP) and Transporting Alcohol by a Minor after granting a suppression motion filed by the Nichols Law Firm.  NLF filed a motion based on an improper search and seizure of the client's vehicle. The client was stopped by a Williamston Police Officer in downtown Williamston, approximately 15 miles east of Lansing.  The police officer approached the client to tell him that the officer observed him blocking traffic improperly earlier in the night and to ask him to stop doing that.  The encounter turned into a full blown seizure and a search of the client's vehicle. The client was charged with minor in possession (MIP) and Transporting Alcohol by a Minor...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

AUTOMOBILE/PEDESTRIAN NEGLIGENCE SETTLEMENT: $1,350,000.00

After fighting for what was right for her client in a personal injury case involving a horrific auto accident, Ms. Wendy Schiller-Nichols was able reach a 1.35 million-dollar settlement with the Defendants.   Ms. Schiller-Nichols sued three defendants, the drunk driver, the employer (under a legal principle known as respondeat superior), and an action against the bar that served the drunk driver (known as a “dram shop” action). The driver of the vehicle had at least a .12 blood alcohol level at the time of the accident: 11:30 a.m.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Not Guilty Verdict in East Lansing DUI case

Not Guilty DUI despite a .27 blood alcohol content and an accident!

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Short Custody Trial

The Nichols Law Firm wins one of the shortest custody trials in Ingham County history! A judge suspended the client’s custody in the spring of 2007 but the Nichols Law Firm came to the rescue. Lawyers from the firm attacked the affidavits supporting the opposing party’s motion, worked with the client on answering the charges and, after months of work outside the courtroom, went to court and went on the attack. That same judge dismissed the opposing party’s effort to change custody after an 18 minute trial. “It took some work outside the courtroom and some well-placed objections inside the courtroom to get the right result as quickly as we did in this trial. I was a little surprised that the other side was unable to respond to the objections and were so paralyzed but, on the bright side, one less hour in Court is just that much less that the client has to pay for at the end of the day.” The child involved is back with The Nichols Law Firm’s client.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Defends Druglords Girlfriend

Mike Nichols defends the druglord’s girlfriend in the biggest drug seizure in Lansing history. Mike Nichols represents the girlfriend of Lansing’s biggest drug kingpin. The matter went to trial in Federal Court at the beginning of October. Police officers who testified called it the largest drug seizure that they had ever seen. The FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also has been involved in the case. The investigation began in 2002 when the kingpin was murdered on his front door. It involved months of preparation, document review and extensive work.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Mike Nichols to Lecture on Drunk Driving Defense

Mike Nichols will lecture attorneys from around Michigan about drunk driving defense.  Mike Nichols will speak about jury selection; opening statements and closing arguments for the Lohrmann continuing education seminars. The lecture will be held in February, 2008.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Mike Nichols is First Lawyer to Use a New Law Successfully in Newaygo County to keep a Minor in Possession off a Client’s Record

Mike Nichols became the first lawyer to use a new law successfully in Newaygo County. The law allows a 1st time minor in possession (MIP) offender to keep his record clean. The Judge indicated on the record that the Court there never granted such a motion, but felt that the case was appropriate for the request made by Mike Nichols on behalf of his client. Nichols said: “the prosecutor warned me that the judge just did not grant MIP deferral requests but I knew that I needed to go for it for this client”. 

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Robin Mahal Successfully Suppressed a .23 BAC Test Result

Robin Mahal successfully suppressed a 0.23 B.A.C. (breath alcohol content) test result.  She relied on the datamaster manual and an expert witness to introduce evidence that the datamaster test results were not reliable.  She introduced evidence that the datamaster was not stable based on the test results of the simulations and on the client’s test results themselves.  She also used the procedures and rules stated in the datamaster manual to argue that the test results were not reliable.  The expert witness testified that the test results were "out of control" and the datamaster should have been taken out of use until it was repaired.  The Judge ruled that the test results were not reliable and therefore were suppressed.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Mike Nichols Successfully Negociates Non-Compete Contract For Physical Therapist Office

Mike Nichols negotiated a non-compete contract for a physician joining a well-known physical therapy clinic in Petoskey, Michigan.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

THE MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT REVERSES THE COURT OF APPEALS IN A VICTORY FOR INJURED PEOPLE

The Michigan Supreme Court has just reversed the Michigan Court of Appeals in a way that gives hope to people who are injured in Michigan. The trend toward creating needless roadblocks to justice may be over. Attorney Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, a leading advocate for injured people in this state and President of the Nichols Law Firm said:  “Apsey V Apsey was a hurdle that too many people could not overcome in seeking justice.” Schiller-Nichols said, “The Court of Appeals had ruled that an affidavit from a doctor regarding the malpractice of a Michigan doctor had to be certified – it created hurdles that were unnecessary for people hurt by the malpractice of doctors.”

If you are interested in reading the text of the case, you can find it at www.michbar.org

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

"CSC CHARGE DISMISSED"

 

For further details, please visit www.lansingstatejournal.com .

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

SCHILLER-NICHOLS ATTENDS TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SEMINAR

Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, who has been representing people with traumatic brain injuries for almost seven years, accepted an...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MIKE NICHOLS APPEARS ON LANSING RADIO SHOW

Twenty minute interview featured discussion about toils of Holland case...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

MIKE NICHOLS APPOINTED

Mike Nichols was appointed to serve on the Board of the Ingham County Bar Association.  He accepted the appointment October 13, 2006 and will serve a term ending on June 30, 2008.

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Monday, July 2, 2007

NOT GUILTY IN MSU FIGHT CASE!

Jury acquits after two hours of deliberations despite three eyewitnesses

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Monday, January 1, 2007

ATTORNEY MICHAEL J. NICHOLS SPEAKS ON "NO COMPETES" TO FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION

Mike Nichols, recognized for his knowledge on covenants against competition (no competes) delivered the October Luncheon Lecture to the Ingham County Bar Association. The lecture, entitled: "What do you mean that guy you fired for sexual harassment is now suing you for writing a letter to his new employer about the no compete with you that he signed?

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

STATEMENTS BY MOM IN HOLLAND TRIAL SUPPRESSED!

“Hard work was key to unusual victory” says defense counsel Mike Nichols...

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

STAR WITNESS ADMITS TO MEMORY PROBLEMS

“Theory is that her statements to investigators are based on stolen police reports” says defense counsel Mike Nichols..

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

WRONGFUL DEATH

Wendy Schiller-Nichols represented the estate and family of a young man ....

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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.