WILLIAM F. NICHOLS
University of Oregon, J.D. 1980; Linfield College, B.A. magna cum laude, 1977
Oregon State and Federal courts; Idaho State and Federal courts; United States Tax Court
Idaho State Bar (Member, Real Property Section, Chair 2004-2005, Business and Corporate Law Section); Oregon State Bar (Member, Real Estate/Land Use Section, Estate Planning Section); Member, Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association (President 2007-08); Affiliate Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association
After graduation from law school and passing the Oregon bar examination in 1980, Bill joined a small law firm on the Oregon-Idaho border where his practice covered all areas typical for a small town lawyer. In 1986, he took and passed the Idaho bar examination.
Bill joined the firm in 1999. In 2000, he became the City Attorney for the City of Meridian and held that position until 2004 when the City established an in-house legal department. In 2005, he was appointed City Attorney for the City of McCall.
His practice emphasizes municipal law, real estate, creditor's rights, estate planning and business entity formation. He has authored articles and lectured at seminars covering collections, land use and municipal law topics in Idaho, including presentations to the Association of Idaho Cities and the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association. He has testified before the Idaho legislature on land use and eminent domain legislation. He has also served as an adjunct professor on Human Resources and Employment Law in the Masters of Business Administration program at Northwest Nazarene University. He frequently serves as an arbitrator in Oregon for cases referred to mandatory arbitration under Oregon's court annexed arbitration system. He also serves as an arbitrator for attorney fee disputes in the Third District under the auspices of the Idaho State Bar. Bill received the President's Award from the Idaho Municipal Attorneys in 2009 and the Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award in 2010.
Bill was born in Boise, Idaho and has lived his entire life in the Northwest. He is married and has two daughters.