R. Leslie Nichols, RA, CPP, MSSA Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: R.L. Nichols & Associates, LLC
  • Phone: (404) 921-0601
  • Cell: (404) 247-0797
  • Website: www.LesNichols.com
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: School Safety and Security

Specialty Focus: Protection of children, schools, out-of-school program, religious organizations, camps and sports, child sexual abuse, bullying, abduction, weapons and terrorism, injuries, facility and site security, CPTED.

Education: Master of Science in Security Administration, Southwest College, KS; Bachelor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

Years in Practice: 25

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 4


Additional Information

Mr. Nichols is an expert in developing child protection programs for youth-serving organizations and out-of-school time programs. For 22 years he served as the lead youth safety and facility expert for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization serving 4 million youth at over 4,000 sites in 50 states, domestic and overseas military bases, university campuses, tribal lands, camps, housing projects, parks and recreation facilities, community centers, churches and schools. His expertise includes strategies to prevent harm from sexual abuse, bullying, abduction, drowning, vehicles, technology and other injuries. He has written, lectured and consulted widely on developing effective policies, screening, training, supervision, governance, internal reporting, safe facility design, maintenance, hazard mitigation and emergency response planning. He has conducted thousands of safety consultations for organizations across the United States and in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Guam, the Philippines and Japan. Since 2016, Mr. Nichols has worked as an independent consultant for schools, religious organizations and other youth-serving organizations. Mr. Nichols is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through the American Society for Industrial Security and has a Master of Science in Security Administration (MSSA). He holds certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning and has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues at the graduate level and is experienced "Crime Prevention through Environmental Design" (CPTED), situational crime prevention, threat-vulnerability analysis and target hardening. As an architect, Mr. Nichols has over 40 years’ experience in facilities planning and assessment. His unique background supports his understanding both the operational and physical factors that must be considered when assessing or planning safe settings for children and youth.