Deaver (pictured) says that before going to law school he was a structural dynamics engineer, working on the Mir and International Space Station programs at Boeing from 1997 to 1999 and was a senior guidance and navigation engineer at Lockheed Martin, where he worked on the PAC-3 missile system from 1999 to 2000. He says he decided to change careers because he “didn’t like working in a room with a locked door and no windows.”
Deaver says he enrolled in Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, earning his J.D. in 2003.
“I thought law school was a better fit for my personality and my skill set,” he says.
Deaver says he joined SNR Denton in 2008 but left to become a solo practitioner in 2009. He says he returned to the firm in April 2012 and focuses his practice on patent prosecution, assisting clients with their applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Nickel (pictured) says he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005. He says he was an associate with Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Mo. before joining SNR Denton in January 2010. He is in Dentons’ litigation and arbitration practice group.
“I do all types of litigation,” Nickel says. “My focus is on pharmaceutical and product liability litigation.”
Nickel says that before attending law school, he worked in 2002 as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck & Co.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.