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

Contact Information

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

General Specialties: School Safety and Premises Liability

Specialty Focus: sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual molestation, molestation, sexual grooming, bullying, school, church, camp, mentor, afterschool, youth serving organization, sports

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: 9


Additional Information

Mr. Nichols specializes in cases involving injury to children in schools, churches, camps, mentoring programs, sports organizations, and afterschool programs. From 1994 to 2016 he served as Vice President of safety and facilities for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In that role he shaped the policies and practices that helped protect over 4 million youth at over 4,000 sites in the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, Mr. Nichols entered private practice in two specialized areas: as a school safety/security consultant and as an expert witness on child sexual abuse cases involving organizations. Mr. Nichols has authored, co-authored, or contributed to over 40 articles and publications concerning protecting people from harm. He is the past president of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, is a board-certified protection professional, has a Master's Degree in Security Administration, and has been a licensed architect since 1982. He has been retained as an expert witness or served as a fact witness in over 30 cases involving injury to children under the care of an organization. Some examples include: • A contract school bus driver molests a student on the bus • A music instructor grooms and molests his teen female student • An organization’s screening process misses red flags • A college ministry fails to provide oversight to prevent an accidental death • A disabled child is molested by another disabled child on a bus • A sports organization fails to audit its child protection program • A church volunteer systematically grooms and molests young boys • Two teens rape a special needs female student between classes • A child is injured on a roof during an afterschool program • An organization fails to provide affiliates with up-to-date sex abuse prevention resources