Testimonials

Testimonials

Stephanie, both my daughter and I are very happy with the results you achieved on her case. During our first phone conversation I felt comfortable choosing you and Nichols Law Firm to represent her, as you covered all my areas of concern and understood/predicted the process and outcome. You must have represented her well with the Prosecutor. I know you witnessed her relief and gratefulness first hand and I too wanted to express my appreciation.
Father of Client of Stephanie Tzafaroglou


I was handed multiple MIP's and Drug Charges through the course of my freshman year at MSU. Having Mike in my corner made all the difference. Mike was able to have many charges dropped completely and worked out the best plea deals the court offers. When Mike walks into the courtroom by your side you you can relax knowing he will fight for you for the absolute best results in the best interest of yourself. I am convinced Mike Nichols is the best attorney you can work with. His hard work and professionalism constantly produces results. I would not hired another attorney. I would not be where I am without the help of Mike Nichols and the Nichols Law firm.
Client of Mike Nichols


I had a very serious case in which jail time was on the table and had Karen not been my lawyer, I couldn't have said that I wouldn't serve time. THANKS KAREN!
Client of Karen L. Phillips


"...today I was out with one of my reps and it started to sink in. I get to keep my job and continue to work with great people. I wouldn't be able to say that without your help. Everything from start to finish was benchmark. I appreciate so much all the effort you and your staff put in!!"
Happy Client Who Gets to Keep His Job - Mid-Trial Dismissal of OWI


My life would have been over if I would not have met Mike Nichols. He is there every step of the way taking care of everything. He is like a pit bull defending you. He is the most professional on top of the law person I have ever met. He put me at ease immediately and knows the law inside out. If anyone is in need of a defense attorney for anything, he is your guy. I thank you Milke for everything you did for me and am forever grateful.
Cathy Anderson


Mike Nichols represented me in a DUI case in early 2016 that resulted in a dismissal of all charges. I had originally had a first-consult with two other attorneys about my situation and can say I was extremely disheartened. And then I found Mike Nichols!! I found him by referral from friends, and he immediately made me feel like he had true hope in my case. I felt like he had my best interest in mind and the best intentions from the beginning. That he was on my side and he was going to fight for me to the end of this case. Right away, I could tell he was listening intently to everything I had to say, and he knows to ask all the right questions. He is very calm, and straight to the point. In the court room, he catches onto the smallest details and runs with them. He knows exaxtly how to approach the judge and is truly eloquent when he speaks. I cannot express enough how impressed I am with the way he conducts himself and calmly reads situations and picks out the important details that most would never pick up on. It was also quite apparent to me that he has noticeable respect in the court room by the judge. I cannot express enough how happy I am with the result of my case and every aspect leading up to it. Working with Mike Nichols was one of the best decisions I have ever made!!!
Very Happy Client of Mike's


I want you to know how grateful I am that you handled my son's case. You went above and beyond for him and are continuing to do so with our comments to others. You are a compassionate caring man/attorney going the extra mile for your clients. Not once did I feel as if he was just another case with you. You truly felt there was an injustice done. I do not think another attorney would have been as compassionate as you are. And you continue to defend him. Again thank you for everything
Salinda Seymour mother of Michigan State Police Trooper Sammy Seymour


"Thank you SOOO much. You guys are FANTASTIC. I wish everyone could have the benefit of your help ... you guys all went above and beyond" - Commercial Driver License holder after not guilty verdict saved his job because he was not convicted of a drunk driving charge
Commercial Driver who will not lose his CDL after a not guilty on a .18/.17 breath alcohol estimate


"Thank you to EVERYONE for all the hard work on my case. I know this result will be better for my future."
A Graduate Student Who is Grateful for a NON-DUI Result


"Mike you really kicked ass on this one... It definitely shows. Thanks for bustin' it for me."
-C.M., client who learned that he got to go home at sentencing despite the fact that his guidelines called for more incarceration


"They're afraid of you Mike. Thanks for everything."
Client who is impressed with Mike Nichols' tenacity and results in his case


"Thanks so much for your great representation."
"Mike" - An Attorney from a Major U.S. City Who Was Charged with OWI over Christmas - after Dismissal in Favor of a Reckless


"Thanks again for the excellent representation." Father of a 30 year old client expecting his first child whose .20/OWI case was dismissed based on a motion made by Mike Nichols
"Kevin" - father of a client expecting his first child whose .20/OWI was dismissed


"You are very fortunate to have Mr. Nichols as your lawyer because he always works hard. What he provided to me convinced me to reduce the sentence I was going to impose."
Mid-Michigan Judge


Mike, you get an A+ for that EXCELLENT cross on that witness and an A++ for the trial. But Josh (Covert) gets an A++ for the trial for his dedication and hard work even with a death in the family." - Client in a major criminal case in Southwest Michigan at the end of the trial on the performance of Mike Nichols and Josh Covert
Client in Major Drug Case - Impressed!


"Facing up to 4 years, Josh Covert was our attorney in a difficult case. Circumstances preventing the use of a MMJ defense made it so I could have been looking at time. Mr Covert's suggestions and thoughtful planning resulted in the most lenient outcome. No probation, no house arrest and no jail time! Walked out of court a free man with only fines to pay. Good job, I cant thank you enough for your help!"
Client of Joshua Covert


"You did a fantastic job, Mike!" - t
Ted Vosk - Scientist, Author and International Expert on Forensic Evidence on Mike Nichols' Performance at Metrology Conference


"Thank you for everything. It's like a 1,000 pound weight lifted off my shoulder. I will definitely be contacting Karen to get my driver license reinstated" - client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols after she got his criminal charge in Newaygo County dismissed.
JF - client of Wendy Schiller Nichols


"You have been by far the best lawyer I have encountered. Couldn't have asked for anything better! Thank you so much for staying right on top of things and keeping me up to speed!"
Joe - client who received $50 back after his criminal charge was dismissed for a civil infraction.


You have been by far the best lawyer I have encountered. Couldn't have asked for anything better! Thank you so much for staying right on top of things and keeping me up to speed!
Happy Client


You have been by far the best lawyer I have encountered. Couldn't have asked for anything better! Thank you so much for staying right on top of things and keeping me up to speed!
Out of State Client


I apologize for the lateness of my ‘Thank You’ letter. It is indeed long overdue. Thus, I want to take this time and thank you both for your tireless efforts during my very challenging case. Certainly, being entangled in the court system can be a very daunting and scary episode in one’s life. However, your methodical and professional approach to my case, reduced much of my stress and anxiety as my case unfolded over the course of several months. And while my case didn’t give you much to work with, somehow you and Stephanie were able to obtain an outcome that provided me with a second chance to reestablish and regain some normalcy back to my life. And for that, I am truly and forever grateful.

In closing, I wish you both much success in your future endeavors and upcoming cases. Suffice it to say, that any client that is fortunate enough to have you or Stephanie as their attorneys are very lucky indeed and in good hands! Keep up the good work!!
East Lansing client


"Mr. Nichols represents all of his clients zealously and. . . Leaves no stone on the path that he needs to follow unturned."
United States District Court Judge


Joshua was very knowledgeable and kept us informed 100% of the time. He is a lawyer that will fight for all rights. He is honest and he makes you his top priority. He represented me a drunk driving case. Joshua discovered that the prosecution did not have a case that could hold up in court. In the end I only had to pay for minor traffic tickets. Thank you Joshua so much for all your hard work!
Client of Joshua Covert


I HIGHLY recommend Mike Nichols with Nichols Lawyers out of Lansing/Ingham County. He is one of the best in the state and wrote the Michigan OWI Manual. Definitely an expert on all aspects of DUI/OWI law in Michigan. He really knows his stuff, and he taught me everything I know about DUI/OWI law in Michigan.
Attorney in Michigan


I just wanted to thank you again for all of your help. You did a great job! I really can't thank you enough for effort, and the great outcome.
Client of Stephanie Tzafaroglou


I fully endorse Mike Nichols without reservation. Unfortunately, I have needed the services of several dui defense attorneys in the last 1.5 years. As a doctor with many high powered attorneys for friends, I chose my representation from the cream of the crop. Of the 4 attorneys I collaborated with, Mike was the most thorough, professional, and knowledgeable.

Because I was headed to jury trial, I needed a calm, personable attorney who was capable of persuading people. I needed a polished orator. This is where Mike clearly outshines his colleagues.

Mike also has extensive knowledge of the science behind blood alcohol testing. He can sit in a room of chemists and doctors and participate fully in the scientific discussions. This allowed him to look through my case with a fine toothed comb and identify numerous errors during the collection and processing of my blood sample. He is also uniquely able to convey these difficult scientific principles to less educated jurors.
I was very impressed that at one of my preliminary hearings, Mike took the time to confer with me and double check all his notes as the court room sat in silence, waiting for him to get frazzled and sit down. Every time he neared finishing with a witness he would take his time to make sure he had covered all of his bases before he dismissed them. All eyes were on him; everyone wanted him to move on, but he stayed calm and owned the floor.
Client of Mike Nichols


"I sure want to thank you very much! Very good job!"
Client of Mike Nichols


Excellent! It's been a big weight lifted.
I think a better way to say what I wanted to yesterday would be.. I'm glad I got to know you. If hiring you is what it took, so be it.

You may never know how big of a change you truly had on me. Not only did you free me of those charges, you pushed me to work towards a different lifestyle; full of important things. I was caught in a place were no one could change me. You had the right affect, I guess!

Thank you for helping me change.

So, yea I am glad I hired you but our acquaintance had a much bigger influence on my life than just hiring you to do a job.
Client of Mike Nichols


Mike just finished representing me in a DUI case that ended with a dismissal. It was a long and arduous process that ended up taking 22 months. The outcome of my case also had an impact on my professional license ( since I am licensed through the State ). Mike did an excellent and thorough job with my case. Mike not only impressed me with his legal expertise and court presentation but also in his emotional support that allowed me to stay the course and realize complete vindication. Thanks, Mike.
Client of Mike Nichols


“Mr Nichols, I couldn’t thank you enough for everything that you have done. Thank you.”
From M.N. – 25 year old client from Illinois:


I have been the recipient of much kindness from people such as yourself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Client of Mike Nichols, Meridian Township


I remember meeting with the other attorney and he wasn't giving that a chance, said 5% chance that would happen... man you made it happen!
Happy Client


"You answered my prayers Mike!"
East Lansing client on hearing his case was dismissed


As this all sinks in, I can't thank you enough for your help and techniques.
Client of Mike Nichols, Ingham County, Michigan


Thank you so very much! I am eternally grateful!
I hope to God that no one I know lands in a similar position to mine but will certainly know to whom to send them if they do.
Client of Mike Nichols, Livingston County


From the night I was arrested till yesterday, I could not sleep and was restless. I walked in home yesterday hugged my family and heaved a sign of relief. I never thought this day would ever come! Yes I did make a mistake that night however not every attorney I spoke to understood the same after my return from jail on that dreadful night , so on one side my world was falling apart and on the other I had to finalize an attorney prior to the arraignment date . I felt comfortable speaking to Mike right after my first conversation with him (I emailed him and he called me back in minutes and yes it was a weekend!)

Mike understands the entire system, and especially for me came as a miracle due to my slightly complicated case because of my upcoming international travel and being in US on a non immigrant visa. He and his team worked with me right from day 1 and kept me informed at every stage, understood my problem, visa issues and my inability to go to trial in the limited timeframe. My OWI was reduced to careless driving yesterday (in my pre trial conference)and it was the best Christmas gift ever for me and my family .Thanks Mike we owe it all to you! For everyone out there if you ever get stuck in a DUI situation in Michigan call Mike, he understands the system and works with you to get you out of it because everyone deserves a second chance.
Client of Mike Nichols


"I want you to know how grateful I am for your help last spring. You went above and beyond any of my expectations, and it is because of you that I am able to pursue my dreams right now. THANK YOU!"
Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols


"I never thought I'd see this day ... thank you soooo much. You're the man." Client on dismissal of drunk driving charges in Northern Michigan.


My experience with Nichols Law Firm has been wonderful! Tears came to my eyes when my charges were dropped for my OWI. I think it was the first deep breath I experienced since that awful day when I got pulled over. Thank you Wendy for the superior job you did on my case. Everything was handled quickly, professionally and you always updated me on the process. The best call I ever made was to your firm.
Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols


As a repeat drinking and driving offender, I made what I thought was another catastrophic mistake. I was arrested for my third Dui in ten years. Wendy Schiller Nichols and her team at Nichols law firm worked quickly and decisively to put me in the best possible situation. The Nichols Law firm gave me the chance to be successful in the Judicial System with minimal impact to my life, career and family. I not only owe them a huge debt of gratitude but a second chance for Freedom.
Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols
Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols


Thanks for all that you’ve done Mike.
Client of Michael Nichols, Lansing, MI
Client of Michael Nichols, Lansing, MI


Professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Mr. Nichols is truly dedicated to his work and his successful history shows it. I was kept in the loop 24/7 and whenever I called the firm, Mr. Nichols would immediately speak to me or return my call on the same day. I felt like I was more than a client and was always a top priority. His leadership also shows in his staff as everyone was extremely helpful and approachable. Fantastic lawyer who I can not thank enough.
Client of Michael J. Nichols


Mr. Nichols,

I say this with the utmost honesty that words could not truly describe how I felt upon hearing the news of the resolution. In fact I had so much energy I went on a 5km run immediately after to relieve all the built up stress (difficult to do when its 110F haha!). I wasn't sure how to quite thank you for all your help in the following days as I really could not express my gratitude though just an Email. The culmination of your team's professionalism, speedy responses, and sense of assurance that I felt throughout this whole process has been unbelievable. Of the five lawyers I called on the morning of the incident, you were the only one to not only return my call but also speak to me with empathy and understanding. I never felt that I was just another client or case but rather like your whole team genuinely cared for my situation.

Before this whole experience I had considered going into law rather than banking at some point in my life. Although it is still far too early to tell, I can definitely say that the scales have tipped for the former. I can not even imagine the satisfaction you must receive from helping and developing personal relationships with people who are in need. I thank you again for all your direct support and will be on the lookout for the fine amount.

I hope to be as good an Officer as you are a Lawyer.
Client of Michael J. Nichols


Mr. Nichols is on TOP of the game. From start to finish we were informed every step of the way. Mr. Nichols and the firms EXCEPTIONAL support staff got results that went beyond every and ALL our expectations. This is the only firm to go to when in need of legal assistance. Thanks is not enough.

Thank you again and all the best!
Client of Michael J. Nichols


Mr. Nichols is on TOP of the game. From start to finish we were informed every step of the way. Mr. Nichols and the firms EXCEPTIONAL support staff got results that went beyond every and ALL our expectations. This is the only firm to go to when in need of legal assistance. Thanks is not enough.

Thank you again and all the best!
Client of Mike Nichols


"Many thanks for your expert professional service as with out it we would still be heading up the creek with out a paddle. The relief felt by son on hearing this news was simply phenomenal.

Thanks does not express enough the gratitude emanating from Kuwait tonight"
Client of Mike Nichols


I cannot thank you enough. I'm so happy to close this chapter in my life, and I wouldn't be able to do so without your help. Forever grateful,
-Client of Mike Nichols


“...I extend our gratitude for a job well done. This has been A chapter of our lives that we are ready to close. I am sure we will talk again soon but now under different circumstances. This is thrilling news!”
-Client of Mike Nichols


“I really appreciate all you have done for me and I would ask that you extend my appreciation to your staff as well. The level of professionalism you and your team function at is quite impressive, to say the least. With my limited knowledge of the legal system, I felt extremely confident in your abilities in handling my case, and ultimately my future."
-Client of Mike Nichols


“Thanks, Mike. Damn U guys r great.”
-Client of Mike Nichols


“First I would like to thank you for your effort and support through my case and the great work. You were all very professional and friendly and easy to work with. The quick responses were huge and I never felt waiting. The way the case handled really allowed me to continue with life and work and truly make this a lesson to learn from and not a hardship. I could not be happier with the results, it feels like a weight has been lifted and I can start to move forward again. I appreciate the willingness to work with me as well."
-Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols


"Yay! This is great news! I'm so happy to have this over. Thanks for all of your help, for everything!!”
-SD of Lansing, charged with Operating while Impaired by her Medications. Client of Mike Nichols


“Selecting your firm was one of the best decisions I've made and money well spent. Again very pleased with the service and work and I will be keeping the business card in my wallet."
-Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols


"Mike and the rest of the amazing staff of the firm, thank you so much for your hard work on my behalf."
-Clients of Mike Nichols


"I've worked in many professions and without a doubt Mike, Jess & Jennifer are the most professional and competent people I have ever worked with. Thank you for making a very bad experience have a good result, and have some laughs along the way. You guys rock!"
-Client of Mike Nichols


"Fear of the unknown is the hardest part of any situation. Your staff answered our questions and calmed our fears at each contact we had with your office. We hadn’t even considered a dismissal as possible. Thank you so much."
-Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols, Charlotte, Michigan


"I can’t tell you how much better I feel knowing I have you in my corner."
-Clients of Mike Nichols


"I was very pleased with Karen’s work. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional."
Client of Karen Phillips, Lansing, MI


"Thank you SO much!! You were amazing during the Motion to Suppress hearing yesterday and have done such a great job through this entire process. I'm very thankful for the work you have put into my case and your willingness to answer my questions and make me feel as comfortable as possible during this whole process. Your assistant Rebecca has also been a huge help. I really can't express how thankful I am for your services. It is such a relief to be able to move on with my life and learn from my mistakes."
-Client of Wendy Schiller-Nichols, Lansing, MI


"I am sorry I wasn't in court when you gave Nick the good news. I want to thank you for helping us. It has been good to have your expertise to rely on and to have you to help us navigate through the legal system. Whenever I have a client who needs help with the legal system on an alcohol related matter, I will be happy to give them your name. Thank you again."
Client of Mike Nichols, Holt, MI


"Excellent service, people and knowledge. Thank you."
-Client of Mike Nichols, Williamston, MI


"Could not have been better."
-Client of Michael J. Nichols, Lansing, Michigan


"You have an extraordinarily good lawyer."
-Federal Judge to client of Mike Nichols


"I want to thank you again. If it was up to me, I would have aborted yesterday. I'm sure there might have been a different outcome in doing so. You knew better. Mike, I've dealt w/ many attorneys over the years, eight to be exact. None, by far, hold a candle to you. I thank you for your passion to help people like me. You turn despair and agony into pure joy. You are simply the best!!!!!"
-Client of Michael Nichols, Lansing, MI


"Absolutely the best!!!"
Client of Michael J. Nichols, Okemos, Michigan


"Just a quick note at this time. Thank you for your excellent representation. I truely can not say enough about you and your staff for your profesionalism, knowledge and personal campasion. While we were successful today, I left the court house with mixed emotions. While I was happy with the outcome, I also take away a vary valuable lesson. Thank you again."


"I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with my current legal matters. Your professionalism and the manner in which you carry yourself is a good deal of comfort to me."
-Client of Michael J. Nichols


"Dear Mike, thank you for everything that you have done for me. You truly saved my life."
-MSU student charged with a felony that was dismissed and now has a 3.5 GPA


"Thank you Mike, your firm and staff exercised patience, care and legal experience during a very difficult time! I am forever your friend and appreciate your faith and belief in me."
-Client of Mike Nichols, Okemos, MI


"I really appreciate all that you have done for me. It is such a relief to have this all behind me and no record of it. If I come across any more problems or friends that need help I will be sure to direct them to you. I am very happy you were able to help me with my case. You really were able to get me the results I wanted and the way you worked with me was very helpful in this difficult situation."
-Client of Mike Nichols, MSU Student, East Lansing, MI


"'Client' called me with the great news last night. I can't thank you enough for all you have done. It truly has been an ordeal! God bless you for all you have done."
-Mother of client of Michael J. Nichols, Grand Junction, Michigan


"I would like to thank you for representing me and I think you did a hell of a job."
-Client of Mike Nichols, Caro, MI


"I really appreciated the calm yet objective approach that both Mike and Wendy took while working with me on my case. . .They made the journey more tolerable. Thanks to both of them! I would recommend the firm to anyone, especially someone going through a legal issue for a first time, which can be frightening."
-Client of Michael J. Nichols & Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Grand Haven, Michigan


"Excellent representation-first class across the board! I would refer Michael to anyone."
-Client of Michael J. Nichols


“Mike, I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heard for all you did in my court case. I will be forever grateful and never forget that. I’m so lucky to have met you and to have you fighting on my side.”
- Client of Michael J. Nichols, St. Johns, Michigan


“Mike far exceeded my expectations. He was extremely well versed in how to prepare prior to going in front of the judge for sentencing. I would recommend Mike to anyone for any legal matter. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Mike and his services.”
- Client of Michael J. Nichols, Shelby Township, Michigan


"Karen is a great person. She is very helpful and dedicated to her clients. I'm so thankful I had her as my lawyer. She made me feel very comfortable."
-Client of Karen Phillips, Bath, MI


“I could not be happier with the outcome of my terrible situation. You did such an awesome job for me. I still cannot believe how well everything worked out. I really appreciate all of your hard work and personal attention. You made me feel calm and comfortable during a very nervous time.”
- Client of Karen L. Phillips, Walker, MI


"Thank you and your staff for all the hard work you put in on this case. We as a group accomplished our goals. I am in the process of completing your Avvo appraisal. Thanks again and hope to see you all very soon."
-Client of Michael Nichols, Shiawassee County


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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.