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Chad M. Nicholson

  • Partner, 2014




Chad M. Nicholson is a key litigator for MWSS+. His background in criminal law and prosecutorial duties in Washington State provided him with significant courtroom experience prior to joining the firm. Working independently as well as in collaboration with our principals, Chad has proven himself adept in both the preparation phase of litigation as well as the process of trial law – from either side of the courtroom.

Chad has expertise in personal injury and medical malpractice claims, employment matters, and commercial litigation, including general business, construction and real estate. For more than a decade Chad has represented individuals who have been injured in accidents, from medical negligence or because of defective products. In the business and employment arena, Chad is knowledgeable and experienced in a variety of matters including sexual harassment claims, age, disability and other discrimination claims, Family Medical Leave Act claims, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, and wrongful termination claims. Outside the courtroom, Chad regularly negotiates and drafts employment contracts, employee manuals, non-competition agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

Chad grew up in Oregon before attending Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. After completing law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Chad began his practice in the Seattle, Washington area. He settled in Boise in 2006 and today enjoys golf, snow sports, hunting and following his son’s football and wrestling teams at Bishop Kelly High School. Chad is also on the board of directors for the non-profit organization Gates of Hope, which provides the tools for sustainable growth to individuals and communities in both Africa and the United States.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Employment law
  • Commercial litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho, 2006


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 2003
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Northwest Nazarene University
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude

Classes / Seminars

  • Misclassification of Workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Interference with "Other Concerted Activity" under the National Labor Relations Act, and Seasonal Employees Benefit Entitlements under the Affordable Care Act, IIEA Annual Conference, 2016
  • Implementation & Compliance with the Affordable Care Act as adopted in Idaho, MWSS-Echelon Group Hillcrest Presentation Series, 2015
  • The Do's and Don'ts of the Hiring (and Firing) Process, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., 2014
  • Business Owner's Rights & Employment Practices, IIEA Annual Show, 2013
  • Whistleblower Claims, Employment Law Discrimination, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho State District Courts, Idaho Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court
  • S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley
  • Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Alumni Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Meuleman Mollerup LLP, 2012 to 2014
  • Rossman Law Group, PLLC, 2006 to 2012
  • Kitsap County, Washington, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2004 to 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Gates of Hope