S.C. Lawyers Weekly has named John Shannon Nichols the 2013 Lawyer of the Year. Nichols is the first-ever recipient of this honor. A founding partner at Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson and Delgado, Nichols focuses on appellate practice and general tort litigation. With 20 years of experience, he has been recognized with this honor for his commitment to better the legal profession through his work and community involvement. Nichols serves as the chairman of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the South Carolina Bar and is a member of the Professional Responsibility Committee. In addition, he is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice and currently serves on the association’s board.