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Chris Nickels
Chris Nickels
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Office: 843-577-2026

Cell: 843-224-2406

Chris Nickels is a member of Clawson and Staubes, LLC and practices in a wide variety of areas including automobile liability, premises liability, dram shop and social host liability, injury law, municipal law, and alternative dispute resolution.

Chris recently completed four years of service on Mount Pleasant, SC Town Council. While serving, Chris chaired the Human Resource Committee and Public Services Committees of Council.

Chris earned a BS degree in Finance & Economics with high distinction. He earned his Juris Doctorate with Honors.

In 2006, Chris graduated from the “Leadership Charleston” program. In 2014, Chris graduated from the Clemson University’s Center for Economic Development “Leadership South Carolina” a statewide program designed for South Carolina’s emerging leaders to increase South Carolina’s capacity to address issues affecting quality of life for all who call the “Palmetto” state their home.

Chris is married to Kimarie Nickels. Together, they have three children and a beloved rescue dog. Kimarie is a Registered Nurse who specializes in spinal care. Their son Eric, recently married, is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. Daughter Laura, also married, graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina and practices Dentistry in Santa Monica, CA. Following her “big” sister to “left coast”, their youngest, Katherine, just received her BSN from Clemson University and has accepted a two-year residency at the UCLA Medical Center Cardiothoracic ICU.

Chris is an active member of Seacoast Church, the Mount Pleasant Business Association and the Daniel Island Business Association. Chris and Kimarie love sports and can often be found hanging out at “the Joe” cheering on the Charleston Riverdogs or at the Coliseum watching the Stingrays, Charleston’s ECHL hockey team.

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Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law and Business Litigation
  • Dram Shop/Liquor Liability/Hospitality
  • 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
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