Dr. Christoph Nickolaus

Lawyer, Accredited Specialist for Criminal Law, Magister iuris

Special Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Criminal Law
  • Tax Criminal Law
  • Legal Psychology
  • General Criminal Law


Lawyer Dr. Nickolaus studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, at the University of Speyer and at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UK).There he obtained the comparative law degree Magister iuris. He passed his first state law examination in Mainz. He completed his practical legal training in the district of the regional court of Bad Kreuznach.

In his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Dr. Dr. Brettel, Dr. Nickolaus examined whether the psychological anchoring effect is noticeable in judges and whether it constitutes a violation of the right to a fair, objective and unbiased trial. Dr. Nickolaus worked as a scientific assistant at Professor Brettel’s chair until 2018, focussing on commercial criminal law and medical law.

In 2021, the Board of the Chamber of Lawyers Frankfurt am Main granted him the right to use the title “Accredited Specialist for Criminal Law” based on his particular theoretic and practical qualifications.

Dr. Nickolaus has been working at the Traut law firm since 2010.




Handelsblatt – Best Lawyers: „Anwälte der Zukunft“ / “Ones to Watch
Categories: Criminal Tax Practice, Criminal Defense.

More information



Imhoff/Nickolaus, Combined Anchoring: Prosecution and defense sentencing recommendations as sequential anchors in the courtroom,
in press: Legal and Criminological Psychology, 2021.

Nickolaus, Ankereffekte im Strafprozess – Verstoß gegen das Prinzip des fairen Verfahrens?,
published in: Nomos Verlag 2018;
The work is part of the series: Schriften zur Rechtspsychologie, Band 2.

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