Aaron W. Nicholson is a Partner in the firm’s Billings office. Aaron grew up in Laurel, Montana. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Montana State University Billings in 2009. Aaron graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2013.

While in law school, Aaron served as the President of the Moot Court Board and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Law and Interdisciplinary Studies. He also participated in regional and national moot court competitions, clerked for the Honorable District Court Judge Joel Medd and completed an externship with the United States Attorney’s Office. After graduation, Aaron completed a one year clerkship with the Honorable Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle of the North Dakota Supreme Court.

After clerking with the North Dakota Supreme Court, Aaron practiced in the firm’s Bismarck, North Dakota office for two years before transferring to the firm’s Billings office in 2016. Aaron continues to work on matters in North Dakota.

Aaron’s legal practice focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation and intellectual property matters, including trademarks and branding, trade secrets, trade dress, copyrights, contracts, licenses, clearances, permissions for a wide range of legal and business matters. Aaron enjoys representing individuals and business of all shapes and sizes and takes great pride in working with his clients to solve complex legal problems. Aaron takes great interest in helping clients develop strategies for protecting and defending their intellectual property rights and in navigating IP issues.

Aaron and his wife Alma are blessed with two young boys.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2017
Montana, 2015
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2015
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota, 2015
North Dakota, 2013


2013 – J.D., Magna Cum Laude, University of North Dakota School of Law
2009 – B.A. in History, Cum Laude, Montana State University
2008 – A.A. in History, Cum Laude, Northwest Community College

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch – Commercial Litigation, Construction Law (2022-Present)
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barristers
Davis Outstanding Student Leader Award
Jack Marcil Scholarship for Trial and Appellate Advocacy

Community Involvement

Big Muddy Bar Association
American Inns of Court
State Bar Association of North Dakota
2015 – 2016 Chair of the Education and Professionalism Committee of the Young Lawyer’s Section to the State Bar of North Dakota
Defense Research Institute
Church of the Good Shepherd – Church Council Member and Sunday School Teacher