Newly-appointed to the Lake County Circuit Court judge position, attorney Rob Nichols said that he’s ready for the upward move in his career.
The legal profession is something of a family legacy for Nichols, as he marks the fifth generation of his family to serve as an attorney. A career in law practice spans all the way back to his great-great-grandfather, he noted.
Nichol’s family roots hark back to Iowa, as both of his parents grew up in the heart of the Midwestern United States. His father followed an uncle out west to attend school at Willamette University, settling in Klamath Falls to take a job in the Klamath County district attorney’s office after completing law school.
Nichols said his family moved to Lakeview when he was five years old, at which time his father started his private practice.
A key figure in his father’s life was the renowned attorney Forrest Cooper, Nichols said, and the small-town roots led them to Lakeview.
He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1971, moving on to Oregon State University for his undergraduate studies. While at OSU, he met his wife, Marcia and they later had two sons, Brett and Travis, who also continued the OSU tradition.
Following in the footsteps of his forebears, Nichols attended law school at Willamette University. He then returned to Lakeview to join his father’s practice after graduation.
Nichols’ career in Lake County included two terms as the district attorney (1980-88). Since that time, he said he has practiced a lot of criminal defense law, as well as dissolution law.