Eric Nichols
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Eric J.R. Nichols


For over 25 years, clients have trusted Eric Nichols to represent them in the most complex civil and criminal disputes.  Eric has not only served companies and individuals in his private practice, but has served the public as a federal prosecutor and the Deputy Criminal Attorney General for the State of Texas. 

First and foremost, Eric is a trial lawyer, preparing every case with the expectation that it will be tried to verdict.  He works with clients to take the most complex issues in a case and break them down into a simple, convincing presentation. He recognizes the importance of setting up-front goals for client representation, which may range from vigorous trial preparation and representation to resolving matters without publicity and without charges being filed.

Eric is the former Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, Office of the Texas Attorney General; former Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Texas and a former United States District Court law clerk.

Professional Activities and Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

American College of Trial Lawyers

Awards and Rankings

Named in Best Lawyers' as 2018 "Lawyer of the Year," Bet-the-Company Litigation (Austin)

Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star, 2018

Named in Best Lawyers' as 2017 "Lawyer of the Year," Criminal Defense:  White Collar (Austin)

Recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation: General  Commercial (Texas)

Named in
Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; and/or Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2006 and 2012 – to present

Recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year - Texas" by The Wall Street Journal, 2017

Named a "Lawyer of the Year" in Austin and San Antonio, Austin Monthly, 2017

Named in Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers - Business Litigation, 2017

Named in Best Lawyers' as 2014-15 Austin Criminal Defense:  White Collar "Lawyer of the Year"

2013 Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™

Martindale Hubell AV Preeminent rated

Recipient of the Lone Star Award (for service to the State of Texas), Texas District and County Attorneys Association

Named in Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers "40 Under 40" edition, 2001

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Publications and Presentations

Eric has authored many publications on trial practice and procedure for treatises, legal journals, and law reviews, and he actively writes and lectures for various continuing legal education programs throughout the United States.

Eric's work for clients in civil and criminal cases has been profiled in and on, among other places, 60 Minutes, CNN, A&E, truTV, the National Law Journal, Texas MonthlyThe Texas Lawyer, and daily newspapers from across the country.


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1989
- Editor in Chief, Texas Law Review

B.A., The University of Virginia, with distinction


State Bar of Texas

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas