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Hot 25: 2009 Honorees
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Published: November 01, 2009

Steve Nichols

Partner, Rutan & Tucker
Age: 56
Fact: He bike rides 70 miles a week, loves “old-school” rock ’n’ roll and calls himself “a reformed golfer.”
What characteristics are necessary for a successful trial lawyer? You have to be a likeable and credible storyteller. Juries are more apt to find for your client if they like and trust you. … And never let ’em see you sweat.

Steve Nichols is on a roll. A senior partner at Rutan & Tucker, California’s largest full-service law firm headquartered in Costa Mesa, Nichols was named to the Daily Journal’s list of Top 100 Lawyers – just one more feather in Nichols’ highly plumed cap; he was also named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2006.
Nobody can touch him in the area of Caltrans disputes. In two recent cases, Nichols recovered one of the largest settlements awarded against Caltrans ($11.9 million) and the largest reported arbitration award against Caltrans ($12.1 million), and that was just this year.
While construction law is his specialty, don’t try to put Nichols in a box. He recently won a multimillion-dollar jury verdict for famed NASCAR driver Robby Gordon.

– Caitlin Adams

OC METRO's 2009 Hot 25 honorees:

Toby Bost  |  Mike Gillespie  |  Anil Puri  |  Sean Collins
Kevin Boylan & T.K. Pillan  |  Dr. Jason Knight  |  Hugh Hewitt
Luke Allen  |  Tina Aldatz  |  Sukhee Kang  |  Glenn Gray
Amelia & Florent Marneau  |  Tim McFerran  |  Tallia Hart
 Bill Sanderson Henrik Fisker  |  Janet Hamada  |  Wayne Gross
Julie Miller-Phipps  |  Michael Ruane  |  Carl St.Clair
  Pretend City Phil Willms Sheryl Bourgeois  |  Steve Nichols

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Web extra:
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of OC METRO's Hot 25 awards, here are our original Hot 25 honorees, who were featured in 1990.

Doug Rankin  |  Erich Vollmer  |  Dennis Aigner  |  Greg Patton
Janice Mittermeier  |  Carol Stogsdill  |  Carl St.Clair
Anton Segerstrom  |  Christopher Cox  |  Christine (Reed) Iger
Dr. Robert Bade  |  Thomas Mays  |  Mike Goode
Richard Gadbois  |  Rudy Castruita  |  Debbie Miede
Ernest C. Brown  |  Mossimo Giannulli  |  Daniel L. Rasmussen
Cynthia Ellner  |  Kathryn Braun Lewis  |  David Wilhelm

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