Biography/Awards

Frederick M. Nicholas, an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California since 1952, is a specialist in Real Estate Development and Leases. He is President of The Hapsmith Company, a Real Estate Development Firm with major interests in Northern and Southern California.

Involvements

  • EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE LAWYERS' COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW, Washington D.C. - Member
  • FUND FOR THE REPUBLIC AND THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS - Trustee
  • PITZER COLLEGE (Claremont) - Trustee
  • ACLU FOUNDATION - Director
  • LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART - Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Life Trustee
  • LOS ANGELES TASK FORCE ON ART - Member
  • SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR TO THE ESTATE OF SAM FRANCIS
  • FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION - Trustee
  • FREDERICK R. WEISMAN PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION - Trustee
  • WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL COMMITTEE of The Music Center - Chairman (to 1996)
  • THE MUSIC CENTER of Los Angeles County - Governor (to 1996)
  • DANCE GALLERY, Los Angeles - Trustee (to 1994)
  • CIVIC CENTER REVIEW COMMITTEE for the City of Beverly Hills - Member (to 1995)
  • GREYSTONE FOUNDATION for the City of Beverly Hills - Former Chairman
  • CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION - Member
  • THE CALIFORNIA COUNCIL ON TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION - Previous Member
  • THE CALIFORNIA BUSINESS PROPERTIES ASSOCIATION - Previous Member Board of Directors
  • COMMITTEE ON THE CALIFORNIA JUDICIAL SYSTEM - Los Angeles County Bar Association - Member ’83-'84
  • AMERICAN FEDERATION OF THE ARTS - Trustee
  • AMERICAN ARTS ALLIANCE - Trustee
  • LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION - Trustee (to 1996)
  • ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN - Life Trustee

Accomplishments

Active in many organizations involved in the needs and interests of the community:
  • FOUNDER and FIRST PRESIDENT of Public Counsel, a Public Interest Law Firm of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Beverly Hills Bar Association. Served also as Director and Treasurer.
  • CHAIRMAN of the Shopping Center Subsection of the Real Property Section of the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles County Bar Associations
  • PRESIDENT of The Maple Center - the Beverly Hills Community Counseling Center 1979-'97; and Member of the Board of Directors from 1975-'82
  • COMMISSIONER of the California Broadcasting Commission from 1976-'84; and its FIRST CHAIRMAN 1976-'78
  • GENERAL COUNSEL for the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors from 1971 through 1979
  • BOARD OF GOVERNORS of the Beverly Hills Bar Association - served two terms: 1970-'72 and 1975-'77
Author of numerous articles and publications on real estate law which include:
  • "COMMERCIAL REAL PROPERTY LEASE PRACTICE" published by the University of California Continuing Education of the Bar (1976): Co-author of a Two Volume Treatise
  • "CALIFORNIA LAND SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT" published by the University of California Continuing Education of the Bar (1960): Chapter: "Setting Up A Shopping Center"

Personal Background

Born in New York City, May 30, 1920. Son of Benjamin L. and Rose F. (Nechols) Nicholas. Married Eleanore Berman, Sept. 2, 1951 (divorced 1963). Children: Deborah, Jan, Tony. Married Joan Fields, Jan. 2, 1983.
  • PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE 1962 - 1980
  • LAW FIRM OF SWERDLOW, GLIKBARG & NICHOLAS 1956 - 1962
  • LAW FIRM OF LOEB & LOEB 1952 - 1956
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW SCHOOL J.D. Degree - 1952
  • UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL 1950 - 1951
  • UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Labor Correspondent, Honolulu 1947 - 1949
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA A.B. in Journalism - Graduated in 1947
  • UNITED STATES ARMY Served October 1941 - November 1946 Promoted to rank of Captain