Oregon State University
University of Wyoming School of Law
Wyoming Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Oregon Bar Association
American Bar Association
Wyoming State Senate
Phil received his B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University and his J.D. from the University of Wyoming. After graduating in 1979, he first clerked for a Wyoming District Court Judge, and then served for two years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming. Phil entered into general practice in Laramie, Wyoming in 1982, representing individual, corporate and government clients. He has broad litigation experience representing individual parties and corporate clients. He also has extensive experience with business matters including contract and planning issues, along with administrative matters involving safety, environmental, personnel and natural resources concerns. His practice concentrates in trial and appellate work.
Phil is admitted to practice in Wyoming, Colorado and Oregon. He is admitted before the United States District Courts for the Districts of Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, and the Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bar); the United States Court of Federal Claims; the United States Courts of Appeal for the Tenth and Federal Circuits; and, the United States Supreme Court. Phil is a member of the Wyoming, Colorado and Oregon State Bar Associations, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Nicholas is rated “AV®” by Martindale-Hubbell.
Phil is completing his twentieth year in the Wyoming Legislature; consisting of twelve years in the Senate and eight years in the House of Representatives. He has served on numerous committees including Appropriations, Judiciary, Revenue, Travel, Recreation and Wildlife Committee, and on the Rules and Procedures Committee. He was Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the House and served for a total of eight years. Phil has served as the Vice President Majority Floor Leader to the Senate. He is currently the President of the Senate. Phil has served on many interim committees, including the Judicial Reorganization Committee which resulted in the reorganization of our present Court System including the establishment of the Circuit Courts.
At the local level, Phil previously served on the Albany County Hospital Board of Trustees, the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the Albany County Planning Commission and the Laramie Economic Development Corporation. He is presently Co-Chairman of the Laramie Beautification Committee.
Martindale-Hubbell has rated us as an “AV®” rated firm, which is the highest ranking a law firm can attain.