Ben Nicholson

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Ben Nicholson



Mr. Nicholson is a graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School and Santa Clara University. After subsequently graduating with great distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, he immediately joined McCormick Barstow in 2005 where he has been practicing ever since. Mr. Nicholson has experience in all aspects of business litigation with a focus on issues and disputes facing the agricultural community. In addition to his work for clients, Mr. Nicholson currently serves as the Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation practice group and as its Hiring Partner.

Mr. Nicholson has litigated all manner of business disputes, including water rights, shareholder disputes, dissolutions, real estate, contract disputes, land use, title, crop loss, wastewater, products liability, broker liability, collections, crop insurance and liability insurance.  In doing so, he has had the good fortune of representing farmers, irrigation districts, commodities traders, developers, public entities, manufacturers, water brokers, title companies and various ag-related businesses.

In addition to his work with clients, Mr. Nicholson serves in a number of leadership positions within the firm, including serving as the Chair of the Business Litigation group and as the firm’s Hiring Partner.

Prior to joining McCormick Barstow immediately upon graduation from law school in 2005, Mr. Nicholson served as an extern to the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Mr. Nicholson is admitted to practice law before all California State Courts and U.S. District Courts of California.

Juris Doctor, 2005 (with great distinction) 
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Order of the Coif
Traynor Honors Society
Dean’s List 2003-2005
McGeorge Law Review

Bachelor of Arts, English, 1999
Santa Clara University

Mr. Nicholson has experience in all aspects of business litigation with a focus on issues and disputes facing the agricultural community.

Mr. Nicholson is a member of the State Bar of California, the Fresno County Bar Association, and the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Mr. Nicholson has also served as Board Member of the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association. In addition, Mr. Nicholson routinely coaches his children’s sports teams at St. Anthony’s School.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Nicholson is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale Hubbell.  He has been selected as a Super Lawyer or Super Lawyer-Rising Star every year since 2011.

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