About Us


Dustin I. Nichols is the owner of the Law Office of Dustin I. Nichols, APC. and Co-Author of the Book, “Asset Protection Strategies and Forms” (James Publishing).  Mr. Nichols’ practice emphasizes the areas of integrated corporate, estate and exemption protection planning; trust administration; corporate counsel representation; business formation; estate and gift tax planning; trust litigation; and transactional drafting. Mr. Nichols has been providing clients with comprehensive domestic and foreign integrated estate and asset protection planning strategies and structures for over 20 years. While a Partner with Asset Protection Expert, Alan Eber, Mr. Nichols assisted in pioneering the development of both the Flexlit ™ and Heir Directed ILIT ™, advanced fully discretionary irrevocable life insurance trust designs. Mr. Nichols is a Distinguished Faculty Member for Lorman Education Services, a national provider of continuing legal education seminars, and often speaks on the topic of integrated estate and asset protection planning. Mr. Nichols was one of the original Legal Technicians/Inventors that developed the proprietary Private Retirement Trust (“PRT”) construction, including patented administration support platform in California.


Mr. Nichols has been published in such law publications as The Orange County Lawyer and conducts private seminars for large CPA firms and financial professionals on the PRT, estate strategies and advanced wealth preservation techniques. Mr. Nichols also serves as “Of-Counsel” to a number of respected law firms that wish to offer Exemption Planning including the creation and implementation of Private Retirement Trusts for their clients. Mr. Nichols received his JD from Western State University College of Law after receiving a BA in political science from California State University, Northridge. He is a Member of the California State Bar, is Certified before the U.S. Tax Court, and is licensed to practice before the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Central Districts of California. He can be reached at 949-453-2900 or dustin.nichols@brownandstreza.com.