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Micah K. Nilsson

Energy, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Practice Group Co-Chair
Micah Nilsson is a preferred shareholder in the Bakersfield office. His practice focuses on complex business and employment defense litigation.  Mr. Nilsson represents employers in a wide array of employment matters, including layoffs, harassment, unfair labor practice charges, discrimination complaints, and employee discipline proceedings. Mr. Nilsson’s active commercial litigation practice also includes representing both business and individual clients in lawsuits involving contract disputes, real estate, construction defects, and tort litigation.

Mr. Nilsson litigates matters in both federal and state court as well as numerous administrative forums.  Mr. Nilsson is also the Co-Chair of the firm's oil, gas and energy practice group, where his focus is on entity formation and lease review.

Prior to joining Dowling Aaron Incorporated, Mr. Nilsson worked with Lozano Smith, where he assisted public employers in labor and employment matters, facilities and business matters, and all aspects of litigation. Mr. Nilsson also has experience with environmental permitting, including preparing CEQA documents and Public Works Plans.

Mr. Nilsson is an effective negotiator and has received numerous awards for his negotiations, trial advocacy and client counseling, including advancing to the nationals for the ABA Negotiations Competition. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Nilsson gained practical experience by starting and operating his own small business.

Mr. Nilsson is fluent in Spanish.  He has lived in Bakersfield, Monterey, Davis, San Diego and San Luis Obispo California, as well as Chile, Utah, Idaho and Hawaii.  He is a Scoutmaster with the Boys Scouts of America and is a youth soccer coach and referee.


J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law, 2007
(Law Review; Journal of International Law and Policy; Witkin award; Public Service Law Program)

B.A., Brigham Young University – Hawaii, 2002
English and Psychology, minor in Organizational Behavior (summa cum laude)

Representative Publications and Presentations

K.M. v. E.G. (California Supreme Court Case) 10 UC DAVIS J. JUV. L. & POL’Y 479 (2006)
Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in California, March 2014
Social Media:  Litigation, Employment Issues and Marketing, February 2014
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media, January 2014
California Law Employment Update, 2012, 2013
Understanding and Complying with the Ever-Changing Employment and Labor Laws, 2011
Construction Law for Public Entities, 2008
Brown Act Compliance, 2007, 2009

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

California Bar Association
Kern County Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Legacy Behavioral Services, Inc., Board Member