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John E. Nicoll is originally from Salisbury, Maryland. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Furman University with a B.A. in Accounting, he attended law school  at the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He received several academic honors in law school including Dean’s List, Highest Honors, two Certificates of Academic Excellence, and the James L. Powers III Excellence in Criminal Advocacy Award.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999.

Mr. Nicoll began his legal career in January 2000 for the United States Army Judge Advocate’s Corps (“JAGC”).   During his four years of service, he held several different legal positions including trial counsel.  In this capacity, he litigated more than 150 felony cases for crimes such as murder, rape, arson, theft, child molestation, and drug offenses.  Furthermore, he served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, judge-alone trials, and sentencing hearings.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Mr. Nicoll initially dedicated his time to the renovation of the Wilkinson-Keele House that was to serve as the home for the Law Office of Nicoll & Nicoll, PLLC. During this time, he expanded his legal skills by working various short-term legal assignments at other law firms and a large healthcare corporation. 
Since opening the practice, Mr. Nicoll has helped hundreds of clients on a multitude of legal issues.  As a criminal defense attorney, he has skillfully handled numerous, complex cases involving first degree murder, aggravated arson, felony drug possession, aggravated robbery, theft, burglary, and driving under the influence (DUI).  In 2006, Mr. Nicoll put all of his experience and training to work when he represented a defendant charged with murder.  In order to effectively represent his client, Mr. Nicoll spent several hundred hours over a two year period interviewing witnesses, reviewing discovery, employing expert witnesses, and preparing the case for trial. Mr. Nicoll then served as lead counsel during a five day jury trial in which the defendant was acquitted.

In 2007, Mr. Nicoll began to focus part of his practice on the representation of criminal defendants in the federal courts of Tennessee.  Over the past five years, he has represented numerous clients charged with various federal crimes.  Oftentimes, the penalties associated with federal crimes include mandatory minimum periods of incarceration and harsh guideline ranges of punishment.  Despite these challenges, Mr. Nicoll has been able to persuade various federal district courts to impose penalties below the applicable guideline range of punishment on several occasions.

Mr. Nicoll is currently licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee, the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Providing Quality Legal Services in Middle and Eastern Tennessee

John Nicoll

TELEPHONE: (31) 409-2977


The Nicoll Law Firm, PLLC is located in Manchester, Tennessee and services clients in middle and eastern Tennessee. 


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