• University of California at San Diego (B.S., cum laude, 1992)
Craig M. Nicholas is the founding partner of Nicholas & Tomasevic LLP. Mr. Nicholas represents some of the largest companies in San Diego County and multi-national corporations in business litigation matters, including cases involving disputes from Japan to courts in the European Union. He also focuses on consumer, employment and shareholder class actions. From 2012-2017, Mr. Nicholas has been selected by SuperLawyers magazine as one of the Top 50 attorneys in San Diego. The San Diego Attorney Journal honored Mr. Nicholas as Attorney of the Month in June 2012. In 2013, The San Diego Daily Transcript identified Mr. Nicholas as a Top Attorney in Corporate Litigation. San Diego Super Lawyers magazine ten times selected Mr. Nicholas as one of the top attorneys in San Diego (2008-2017). Only five percent of the lawyers in California are named by Super Lawyers each year. Super Lawyers named Mr. Nicholas to its selective Blue-Ribbon panel of attorneys to evaluate qualified candidates in San Diego County. In April 2009, the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honor Society invited Mr. Nicholas to become a Fellow, an honor bestowed on less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
In 2017, Mr. Nicholas settled a class action lawsuit on behalf employees for over $30 million in benefits, and served as co-counsel in a consumer class action which settled for $30 million. Recently Mr. Nicholas won a jury trial in San Diego Superior Court, defeating a $5 million complaint and recovering over $1.8 million for his client. In the same year, Mr. Nicholas won a $4 million recovery in a AAA arbitration of a business litigation dispute and won a multi-week jury trial in Orange County Superior Court.
Mr. Nicholas and co-counsel appeared at the United States Supreme Court in a landmark case involving the intersection between arbitration agreements and federal law and tried a multi-week class action in the Los Angeles Superior Court. He has lectured law students on taking a case from District Court through the United States Supreme Court, and MBA students at California State University, San Marcos regarding business and legal obligations. Mr. Nicholas lectures at the University of California San Diego on legal writing and argument.
Mr. Nicholas received his Juris Doctor in 1995 with cum laude honors from the University of Arizona College of Law, where he served as Note & Comment Editor of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California at San Diego, where he graduated cum laude with a BA in political science in 1992. Mr. Nicholas was a partner at the antitrust and business litigation law firm of Wright & L’Estrange from 2002-2004, recognized by San Diego Magazine as one of the leading antitrust law firms in San Diego, before founding the predecessor to Nicholas & Tomasevic LLP to offer client services on a larger platform. Mr. Nicholas is a former member of the Board of Directors of the William Enright Inn of Court. Mr. Nicholas served as the President of the California Young Lawyers Association for the State Bar of California in 2003-2004, and represented San Diego County in the Association from 2001-2003. Mr. Nicholas has given seminars on expert witness law in California and civil litigation matters.