Nicholas associated his law practice with the Buckwalter firm in 2015. With a background in psychology and mental health services, Nicholas is a compassionate attorney who strives to educate his clients so they can make informed decisions about their legal options and other life and business matters. He believes attorneys and clients should work in concert to achieve the client’s goals. Nicholas often spends evenings working as a mediator for the City of San Jose, helping people settle their disagreements outside of court. As an attorney and advocate, Nicholas is known for his ferocious pursuit of justice for his clients. He is active on both sides of the Santa Cruz Mountains, helping clients in Santa Clara County as well as Santa Cruz and Monterey. He is in the Aptos office most days, working closely with Phil to ensure a seamless transition. Nicholas enjoys spending time with his wife, Vanessa, and their great group of friends. He believes that a strong body fuels an active mind and loves competing on the soccer field.

Work History

  • Mediation and Arbitration Officer, City of San Jose
  • Attorney, PBR Legal, PLC
  • Case Manager, Efficio Law Group, PLC
  • Corporate Campaign Researcher, Unite Here, Local 19
  • Workers Compensation Paralegal and SSA Representative Non-Attorney, Law Offices of Mayen and Herrera
  • Mental Health Advocate, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley – Mental Health
  • Administrative Assistant and Counselor, Santa Cruz Community Counseling Centers


  • J.D., Lincoln Law School of San Jose
    Invited to contribute to Law Review, Distinguished Class Performance: Contracts I & Contracts II

  • B.A. Psychology, California State University

Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Member, Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association