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Bryan A. Nickels


1087 W River Street, Suite 300
Boise, ID 83702
Main: 208-342-3310
Fax: 208-342-3299


Bryan A. Nickels is an attorney and has been with the firm since its founding in January 2012.  Mr. Nickels practices in civil, administrative, and appellate litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance defense (under various coverages, including CGL, D&O, E&O, malpractice, and automobile coverages), medical indigency, business law, and product liability.  Mr. Nickels is also a registered Private Civil Litigation Evaluator.

Mr. Nickels’ past experience includes nine years at the former firm of Hall, Farley, Oberrecht, and Blanton, P.A., primarily handling litigation matters in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance defense, construction law, civil rights, and medical indigency.  Prior to that, Mr. Nickels was a public defender with the Twin Falls County Public Defender’s Office, handling misdemeanor and juvenile case loads, as well as assisting in first-degree murder cases and acting as the primary appellate attorney.

During law school, Mr. Nickels interned for a summer at a large civil law firm in Bangor, Maine, and also spent a summer clerking for Justice Raymond Austin of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. During law school, Mr. Nickels was a research assistant for Professor Sharon Beckman, and also worked as an intern for a private immigration firm, engaging in private and pro bono representation of immigrants and asylum-seekers, including matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Mr. Nickels was previously an adjunct professor at Boise State University teaching business law.  Mr. Nickels also served on the Ada County Historic Preservation Council (2004-2012), and currently serves as the chair of a Local Board for the Selective Service System.

In law school, Mr. Nickels was a Notes and Comments Editor of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review.  Mr. Nickels was also the Treasurer of the Public Interest Law Foundation at Boston College Law, and coordinated the first Spring Break Navajo Nation Service Trip for law students.

While at the University of Idaho, he was a member of the honors society, Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Nickels is also an Eagle Scout, OA.


  • Boston College Law School in Boston, Massachusetts (2001), J.D.
  • University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho (1998), M.A. Anthropology
  • University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho (1995), B.A. Anthropology


  • Claim That Docket Fee! The $20 Federal Cost Award You’d Rather Not Research,” The Advocate, February 2011
  • Idaho chapter, ABA Performance Bond Manual (2006), co-authored with Philip S. Oberrecht.
  • Native American Free Passage Rights Under the 1794 Jay Treaty: Survival Under United States Statutory Law and Canadian Common Law,” 24:2 B.C. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 313 (2001) 
  • “Application of an Ecology-Based Methodology for Paleopopulation Studies,” co-authored with Dr. Robert Lee Sappington, North American Archaeologist, Vol. 20, Issue 2 (Fall 1999)

Court and Bar Admissions

  • All Idaho state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Registered as a Private Civil Litigation Evaluator with the Idaho Supreme Court

Awards and Recognitions

  • AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers (2013 to present)
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