Nicholas A. Hutchins, Associate

Nicholas A. Hutchins
Phone: (714) 415-1012
Fax: (714) 415-1112
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Practice Description

Nicholas Hutchins is an associate and member of Woodruff & Smart’s code enforcement practice group.  He acts as Deputy City Prosecutor for a variety of cities and is responsible for prosecuting municipal code violations as well as red-light citations generated through automated enforcement. He also handles code enforcement public nuisance cases from inception including obtaining inspection and abatement warrants, criminal prosecution, and receivership cases. He also regularly appears in court to oppose Pitchess motions aimed at gaining access to confidential peace officer personnel records.  Additionally, he is responsible for actions to enforce California’s red-flag laws regarding destroying weapons possessed by domestic violence suspects and people detained for mental health evaluation.

As a transactional attorney, Mr. Hutchins regularly advises the firm’s clients on issues related to code enforcement, planning and zoning, and police services.

Prior to joining the firm as an associate Mr. Hutchins worked for 12 years with the Garden Grove Police Department as a Community Services Officer.

Professional Activities

Mr. Hutchins is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the California District Attorneys Association, and a member of the California Code Enforcement Officers Association.


  • Trinity Law School (J.D., 2014)
  • California State University, Long Beach (B.A., 2008)