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Chris Nickels is a member of Clawson and Staubes, LLC. Clawson and Staubes practices in a wide variety of areas including civil litigation, workers’ compensation, commercial law, bankruptcy, corporate law, tax, estate planning, real estate, and alternative dispute resolution.

Chris helps clients with business disputes, injury claims and insurance matters. Chris tries several cases each year, appearing in State and Federal courts representing individuals, businesses large & small, employers, self-insureds and insurance carriers.

In November 2011 Chris was elected to Mount Pleasant Town Council. He chairs Mount Pleasant’s Public Services Committee and serves on the Annexation, Human Resource, and the Police, Legal & Judicial Committees of Council. Additionally, he is a leadership Charleston graduate and is a member of both the  Mount Pleasant Business Association and Danial Island Business Association

Nickels earned a BS degree in Finance & Economics. Thereafter, he attended law school and earned his Juris Doctorate with Honors.

Chris and his wife, Kimarie, have three children, a rescue dog (Ripley) and a rescue cat (Pancake). Kimarie is a Registered Nurse at the East Cooper Regional Medical Center. Their son Eric is a student at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Laura graduated with a DMD from MUSC. Their youngest, Katherine, is in her second year of Clemson University’s BSN program.

All, including the pets, enjoy the outdoors, working out at the health club, and Chicago style deep-dish pizza–”Lou Malnati’s” to be specific.

2014 ASLA



AV Peer Review

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law and Business Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Workers' Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of S.C. 2001 New Mexico, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, 1988

Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 1988
  • Northern Illinois University College of Business
  • B.S., Finance (with distinction), 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Berkeley County Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association

Reported Opinions

  • Connick v. County of Bernalillo,
  • 125 N.M. 119, 957 P.2d 115 (1998).
  • Mieras v. Dyncorp, 122 N.M. 401, 925 P.2d 518 (1996).
  • Garnsey v. Concrete Inc. of Hobbs,
  • 122 N.M. 195, 922 P.2d 577 (1996).
  • Meeks v. Eddy County Sheriff's Dep't,
  • 118 N.M. 643, 884 P.2d 534 (1994).
  • Twin Mountain Rock v. Ramirez,
  • 117 N.M. 367, 871 P.2d 1373 (1994).
  • Baxter v. Gannaway, 113 N.M. 45, 822 P.2d 1128 (1991).
  • Douglass v. State Reg. & Licensing Dep't, 112 N.M. 183, 812 P.2d 1331 (1991).
  • Gonzales v. Lovington Pub. Schools,
  • 109 N.M. 365, 785 P.2d 276 (1989).
  • Jojola v. Aetna Life & Cas., 109 N.M. 365, 785 P.2d 395 (1989).

Honors & Awards

  • New Mexico Defense Lawyer Association Amicus Curi Award
  • Certificate of Legal Specialization
  • New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization in Workers' Compensation Law
  • New Mexico Supreme Court Board-Certified
  • Expert in Workers' Compensation for the State of New Mexico
  • American Society of Legal Advocates 2013 Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in South Carolina
Meet Our Attorneys
Clawson & Staubes Attorneys
Our Offices
  • Charleston

  • 126 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 200
  • Charleston, SC 29492
  • (843) 577-2026
  • Charlotte

  • 756 Tyvola Road, Suite 130
  • Charlotte, NC 28217
  • (704) 940-9128
  • Columbia

  • 1612 Marion Street, Suite 200
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (800) 774-8242
  • Greenville

  • 223 W Stone Ave., Suite 100
  • Greenville, SC 29609
  • (864) 331-8940