Nicholas graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a B.A. in Anthropology focusing in contact period archeology in the American North East Woodlands. After a short stint as a professional archeologist in Upstate New York, Nicholas attended Syracuse University College of Law. While in law school, Nicholas worked for two prominent local tort law firms in Syracuse. Nicholas also worked under one of the commissioners of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as a summer intern. After graduating law school and passing the PA Bar Exam, Nicholas founded his own law firm in center city Philadelphia.