Bruce William Nickerson - #90760
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Law Ofc Bruce Nickerson
231 Manor Dr
San Carlos, CA 94070
|Phone Number:||(650) 594-0195|
|Fax Number:||(650) 596-0595|
||Undergraduate School:||Stanford Univ; Stanford CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
|This member has no public record of administrative actions.|
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California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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August 29, 1997
BRUCE WILLIAM NICKERSON [#90760], 56, of San Carlos was suspended for three years, stayed, and until he has shown proof of his fitness to practice law, and was placed on probation for five years with an actual suspension of nine months.Credit toward the period of actual suspension was given for the period of actual suspension which began Dec. 26, 1996. He was ordered to pass the MPRE. The order was effective Aug. 29, 1997. Nickerson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor attempted petty theft after he took a sexually explicit video tape which had been confiscated by police. Nickerson was hired by a client in 1995 to represent him after police seized, among other things, about 600 video tapes from his client’s home. Police determined that three of the videos contained illegal, sexually explicit material and another 10 were classified as "questionable." The three videos were entered into evidence at a preliminary hearing in early 1996. A few months later, a deputy district attorney arranged for Nickerson to meet with one of her investigators at the police department for the purpose of complying with a discovery motion. Nickerson viewed a number of the tapes in the property room of the police department, then slipped one of the tapes into his accordion file folder just before he left. After a clerk observed his actions, he was confronted by police and returned the tape to its box. The video was not one of the tapes entered into evidence or classified as "questionable" by police. Nickerson was sentenced to summary probation for two years and ordered to pay a fine of $200. Nickerson stipulated that the circumstances surrounding his misdemeanor conviction involved moral turpitude. In aggravation, Nickerson has a prior record of discipline. In 1992, he was placed on actual suspension for 18 months after a felony conviction of Penal Code §32, accessory. In mitigation, Nickerson presented the State Bar with a list of 68 character references, including attorneys, friends, clients and prominent members of the San Jose community. The prevailing opinion is that Nickerson is a competent attorney with high moral character and integrity. In addition, Nickerson’s misconduct was motivated by his personal, not professional, interest in viewing the video tape, which contained sexually explicit materials. Also, Nickerson voluntarily sought counseling after the incident.
December 26, 1996
BRUCE WILLIAM NICKERSON [#90760], 55, of San Jose was placed on interim suspension Dec. 26, 1996, after he was convicted of attempted petty theft, a misdemeanor, in Solano County Municipal Court. He was ordered to comply with rule 955.