Nicholas joined DMCA in January 2012 after practicing immigration and family law in the Washington, D.C. metro area for a couple of years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Utah State University where he graduated summa cum laude and was honored as the valedictorian of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. He earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. As a student, Nicholas served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy and co-founded and served as president of the law school’s student chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Nicholas also interned with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Nicholas’s time at DOJ provided him with valuable insight that he uses to prepare winning strategies at the trial and appellate level of immigration proceedings.
Nicholas is an accomplished writer and drafted the appellate briefs in the case of Prudencio v. Holder, 669 F.3d 472 (4th Cir. 2012) (available online at http://pacer.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinion.pdf/102382.P.pdf), where the Fourth Circuit overturned the Attorney General’s procedural framework in Matter of Silva-Trevino for analyzing whether an alien has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. He is also the author of Legal Insights: Arizona Immigration Law Negatively Impacts Border Security, The CIP Report, Vol. 9 No. 3 (Sept. 2010), available online at http://cip.gmu.edu/archive/CIPHS_TheCIPReport_September2010_BorderSecuri..., where he argued that many of the provisions contained in Arizona’s anti-immigrant bill (S.B. 1070) would improperly divert the federal government’s limited resources away from its top enforcement priorities and result in a less-secure America.
Nicholas is admitted to practice law by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and his practice in Texas is limited to immigration matters. He is fluent in Spanish and currently works at downtown office representing clients in removal proceedings.