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Mr. Nichols is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1986, Mr. Nichols's family relocated to Birmingham where he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Following graduation from UAB, Mr. Nichols attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, graduating cum laude in 1997. Mr. Nichols's career at Cumberland was marked by the receipt of a number of academic honors, including membership on the Cumberland Law Review and in Curia Honoris. Mr. Nichols was also named a Dean's Scholar and is a member of the National Dean's List.

Mr. Nichols is involved heavily in almost every appeal in which Lee & McInish is engaged. He possesses extraordinary legal research and writing skills, and has successfully represented the firm's clients in appeals to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In addition to general civil litigation, Mr. Nichols also works extensively with partner Alan Livingston in the preparation and trial of medical negligence cases. He also practices extensively in the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama, regularly serving as counsel for one of the trustees. William is also a member of the attorneys section of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, the American Bar Association and the Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association.

William is married to the former Sharon Mullins. Sharon is from Birmingham, Alabama.

 

 

Areas of Practice

General Civil Litigation

Insurance Coverage

Appeals to All Courts

Medical Negligence

Municipal Liability

Collections and Creditor Defense 

Bar Admissions

Alabama , 1997

U.S. District Court, Middle District of

Alabama 1997

U.S. District Court, Southern District of

Alabama 2000

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

2001

Education

Cumberland School of Law

Samford University

J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence 1997

Cum Laude

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham , Alabama

B.S., Bachelor of Science 1994

Magna Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

Cumberland Law Review

Curia Honoris

Recipient, Best Brief Award, 1995

National Dean's List

Golden Key National Honor Society

Dean's Merit Scholar

Professional Associations and Memberships

Alabama State Bar (Member)

Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (Member)

Association of Credit and Collection Professionals

 

 

Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols, P.C.

Address: 238 W. Main St.(P.O.Box 1665, 36302), Dothan, AL 36301
Tel: (334) 792-4156
Fax: (334) 794-8342
Website: www.llln-law.com



All attorneys regularly try civil jury and non-jury cases in Dothan (Houston County); Geneva (Geneva County); Ozark (Dale County); Enterprise (Coffee County); Elba (Coffee County); Andalusia (Covington County); Abbeville (Henry County; Eufaula (Barbour County).

Events

Two of Houston County's Circuit Judges, Lawson Little and Edward Jackson, recently retired. Our congratulations go out to Mike Conaway and Kevin Moulton, who were recently appointed by the Governor to fill the vacated judgeships. Judge Conaway has already been sworn in, and Judge Moulton's swearing in ceremony is scheduled for June 25, 2010. 

Annual Meeting of the Alabama Defense Lawyer's Association, Sandestin Beach Resort, June 17, 2010

ACA 71st Annual Convention, July 11-14, Washington D.C. 

Legislative News

The Alabama Legislature has convened the 2010 session. Of the almost 600 bills filed thus far, we've identified the following as noteworthy: 

HB20: proposes a revised Uniform Arbitration Act

HB21:would remove the cap on permanent partial disability

HB24: would increase the homestead exemption by 6%

HB32: proposes to allow grandparents to petition for visitation with grandchildren

HB35: bans text message and GPS use while operating a motor vehicle

HB45: would ban same-sex partner benefits from being offered by state colleges and universities

HB102: would make misappropriation of trade secrets a crime

HB103: grants limited immunity to property owners acting in self defense

About the only Senate bill relevant to our clients would be SB215, extending the statute of limitations for claims of toxic exposure. There will not doubt be other Senate bills of interest as the 2010 Session progresses. 

Recent Decisions

In a recent unpublished decision rendered by the 11th Circuit, our firm represented the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in a case involving the application of the ministerial exception. The primary issue on appeal was whether the District Court properly granted a motion to dismiss under 12(b)(6) when it found the ministerial exception applicable to plaintiff's (a minister) employment discrimination claims. Of particular interest was whether the ministerial exception is applicable to claims of race discrimination under Section 1981. The 11th Circuit affirmed, finding that the ministerial exception precluded all of plaintiff's claims of employment discrimination, including the Section 1981 claims. At this writing, the case is still within the period for an application for reconsideration or en banc review. 

11th Circuit affirms judicial estoppel: in Robinson v. Tyson Foods, Inc., __ F.3d __ (11th Cir. 2010) failed to disclose in a Chapter 13 case her claim against Tyson. She had a confirmed Chapter 13 plan, paid out, and never amended her schedules. The District Court granted summary judgment for Tyson on judicial estoppel grounds, and the 11th Circuit affirmed. 

BMJA, LLC v. Murphy: the Alabama Supreme Court held that simply recording a judgment does not create a lien under Ala. Code 6-9-210, 211. The lien is created only upon the filing of a certificate of judgment. 

Firm News

Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols is very proud to count among its attorneys two "Super Lawyers."  Now included in the Super Lawyers directory for Alabama lawyers are William L. ("Bill") Lee, III and Alan C. Livingston. The recognition and honor is well-deserved by both. 

Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols  now has the ability to assist its clients with their title insurance needs in Florida through First American Title Insurance Company.