Laura L. Nichols

Mrs. Nichols is Of Counsel with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.  Mrs. Nichols has assisted multiple generations in their family estate planning matters and provides guidance and counsel to clients in this specialized area of law. She finds her work personally satisfying as she helps clients work through and solve difficult problems connected with the administration of the estate or trust after one’s passing.


Mrs. Nichols received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 2002. She attended California Western School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor in 2004.

Employment Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Nichols was an attorney with the San Diego firm of Showley & Thompson, LLP. In addition to practicing law, Mrs. Nichols was an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law where she taught “The California Pre-Bar Program” and “Advanced Legal Analysis.”

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • Certified Accredited Estate Planner®, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Certified Specialist-Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • State Bar of California (Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Estate Planning Council of San Diego and North County (Board Member)
  • San Diego County Bar Association (Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, New Lawyer Division) (Former Member)

Community Affiliations

  • Rady Children's Hospital Foundation Gift Planning (Board Member)
  • Scripps Health Gift Planning Advisory Board (Board Member)
  • Miracle Babies Gala Committee (Board Member)
  • California School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2008-2015)
  • Vistage (Former Member)
  • ProVisors (Former Member)
  • Financial Roundtable (Member)
  • Divorce Roundtable (Member)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Mabel Jessop Women’s Financial Symposium (March 8, 2018)
  • Speaker, Top 10 Resolutions for Estate Planning, Cetera Advisor Network Client Symposium (January 26, 2016)
  • Webinar Speaker, Fundamentals of Estate Planning With Retirement Benefits, California State Bar Trust and Estates Section (February 10, 2016)
  • Speaker, Business Succession Planning, Private Sale Referral Network Event for US Trust, Bank of America, N.A. and Merrill Lynch (October 5, 2016)
  • Speaker, Charitable Planned Giving, American Heart Association (December 3, 2014)

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Top 40 Under 40 Award, The Daily Transcript (2016)
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