Peter L. Nichols

Peter L. Nichols

Springfield, New Jersey
(973) 376-9050
(973) 379-6898
I am a litigation attorney with experience in the courts of New Jersey and New York. At present, my practice is primarily in estates litigation but I also handle commercial litigation matters and occasional criminal and traffic violation defense. In 1984, I left the law and returned to school, receiving a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto. I taught as an adjunct professor at universities in New Jersey (Montclair State, William Paterson, Fairleigh Dickinson, Keane, New Jersey City University, Rutgers) and in New York (The New School, NYU, Dowling College) for eleven years. My subjects were philosophy, American politics, and expositional writing. In addition to legal practice, I am a regular commentator on political issues in the on-line journal, the American Thinker.   

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Estates
  • Commercial
  • Minor Criminal/Traffic Offense

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2009
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2009


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Yale University
    • B.A. - 1974
  • University of Toronto
    • M.A. - 1985
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Concentration in Political Philosophy
  • University of Toronto
    • Ph.D. - 1990
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Concentration in Political Philosophy

Published Works

  • “Due Process and War: A Critique of Rasul v. Bush and Related Academic Commentary” Engage (Federalist Society) 2005.
  • “The Panhandler’s First Amendment Right: A Critique of Loper v. NYPD and Related Academic Commentary,” South Carolina Law Review 1997.
  • 21 pieces in the American Thinker (on-line political publication) 2015-present.
  • “The Comedy of the Just City,” Chapter in Frost and Mhire, The Political Theory of Aristophanes, Albany: SUNY Press 2017.
  • Aristophanes’ Novel Forms: The Political Role of Drama, London: Minerva Press 1998.


  • Taught as adjunct professor, political science, philosophy, and expositional writing at colleges in New York and New Jersey 1996-2007

Past Employment Positions

  • Vyzas & Associates, P.C., Kearny, New Jersey , Litigation Associate, 2010 - 2016
  • Manhattan D.A.'s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1981 - 1984