Nicholaus W. Norvell


Nicholaus Norvell is an associate with the Municipal and Special District Law, and California Public Records Act Practice Groups, advising clients on the full range of legal issues they encounter, including the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, public contracting, and general law issues. Nicholaus brings a comprehensive understanding of public law, which he uses to counsel his public entity clients in all areas of public law, with particular expertise in elections law and government ethics. 

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Nicholaus served as an intern for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties and as a law clerk for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in Washington, D.C. In these roles, he gained invaluable experience with the intricacies of public law.

While in law school, Nicholaus served as the Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review.

Honors and Awards

  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Best Petitioner Brief, Paul A. McLennon, Sr. Moot Court Competition, 2012
  • Honors, Lawyering Skills I (Legal Research & Writing), Lawyering Skills II (Trial Advocacy)
  • Recipient, CALI Award for Highest Grade in Corporations, Complex Litigation

Presentations and Publications

  • Co-Author, “Impact of Public Records Initiative Uncertain,” The Daily Journal, July, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Public Officials’ Private Emails not Public Records,” The Daily Journal, April, 2014
  • Author, “Transition Relief for Tax Reform’s Third Rail: Reforming the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction After the Housing Market Crash,” 49 San Diego Law Review 1333

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section
  • Board Member, SacLEGAL, Sacramento’s LGBT Bar Association


  • University of San Diego School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2013
  • Wesleyan University, BA, Government, 2007