Chris Nicoll is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with a 37 year track record of success in many complex fields of law including admiralty, medical malpractice defense, commercial disputes, civil rights, product liability, multi-national litigation, oil and gas, premises liability and criminal law. Prior to entering private practice, Chris was a prosecuting attorney in Sun Valley, Idaho from 1980 – 82 and a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy from 1982 – 88, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Chris is licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho and is a “Proctor of Admiralty.” Chris is a member of the Maritime Law Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association, and DRI the Voice of the Defense Bar. A regular lecturer and author on maritime, transportation, insurance, and trial defense topics, Chris has been featured in the National Law Journal for his defense of one of the officers of the USS STARK (July 1991 issue), has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” multiple times by Washington Law and Politics, is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is a recipient of the President’s Award from the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers’ Association. A skilled and well-rounded trial and appellate lawyer, Chris has tried hundreds of criminal and civil cases to successful conclusion in courts around the world.

LOCATION: Seattle-Tacoma, WA

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: Washington, Idaho, Texas (inactive), USDC W.D. WA, USDC E.D. WA, USDC D. ID, USDC S.D. TX, USCA Ninth Circuit, USCA Fifth Circuit; US Supreme Court

CURRENT FIRM: Nicoll Black & Feig PLLC

PRIOR FIRM(S): Cozen O'Connor  |  Lane Powell  |  Vinson & Elkins

LAW SCHOOL: University of Idaho

HONORS AND AWARDS: Proctor in Admiralty; Law Review; WDTL President's Award; "Super Lawyer" multiple years


Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation

(Administrative Proceedings before State and Federal Boards, Cargo Claims, Insurance, Litigation, Salvage, Transactional)


(General Liability, Maritime, Property Insurance, Directors and Officers, Professional Liability)

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

INDUSTRY: Maritime, Admiralty, Offshore Energy, Carriage of Goods, Fisheries, Insurance, Marine Insurance, Recreational Vessels, Shipbuilding, Vessel Repair, Tug & Tow, Pollution Response