Law & Tax/Accounting, Together

At Nicholson & Associates we are committed to our clients, at both the business and personal level.  We provide a multi-discipline legal & financial, accounting/tax platform to bring a comprehensive solution to businesses and their stakeholders. 

Our clients work with a team of experienced professionals who consult on legal, management, financial, tax and operational-type matters that businesses encounter everyday. 

When necessary, we deploy our skill-sets to seek resolution through the court system, involving business-related civil disputes, including but not limited to, contract, real estate, employment and regulatory law. 

Our Attorneys

Richard W. Nicholson, Esq., CPA - Managing Partner

Richard ("Rich") is the managing partner of the firm and leads the team of professionals that will help our clients navigate the way through complex business issues. In addition to his credentials as an attorney, Rich has earned his CPA designation, and has started several successful companies from the ground up. He now puts his practical business knowledge to work on behalf of his clients. Rich’s practice areas include business law and commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate law and tax law.     

Contact Rich directly at rich@rilawcpa.com 

August E. Bigos, Esq. - Of Counsel

August ("Gus") is a Rhode Island native who is currently admitted to practice law in the state of Rhode Island.  In May 2017, Mr. Bigos graduated with honors from the Roger Williams University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Bigos graduated summa cum laude from Salve Regina University in 2014, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice.  

Throughout his three years in law school, Mr. Bigos strived to become an exceptional student.  After completing his first year of law school, Mr. Bigos was invited to become a member of the Roger Williams University School of Law Honors Program based on demonstrating exemplary ability and achievement in his first year.  As a member of the Honors Program, Mr. Bigos had the unique opportunity to take three perspective courses focused on furthering and applying his legal knowledge and preparing him for practice. 

In addition, Mr. Bigos was accepted into the Roger Williams University School of Law Immigration Clinic during his final semester.  As a Student Attorney in the Immigration Clinic, Mr. Bigos represented indigent immigrants who were seeking lawful permanent residence in the United States or seeking to defend against removal proceedings.  

Finally, while attending law school, Mr. Bigos trained and became a certified volunteer tax preparer through the IRS and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  He used that training to complete over fifty pro bono experiential learning hours helping elderly and low income individuals in his community to prepare their taxes. 


Roger Williams University School of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2017

Salve Regina University

Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice, summa cum laude, 2014

Bar Admissions  

• Rhode Island   

Contact Gus directly at abigos@rilawcpa.com

David S. Francazio, Esq. - Of Counsel


David S. Francazio is Of Counsel in Nicholson & Associates, LLC’s Smithfield office.  He is a Rhode Island native whose practice focuses on corporate litigation and class actions.   David has extensive experience with each phase of litigation, including evaluating potential claims, preparing complaints, defeating (and winning) jurisdictional motions and motions to dismiss, obtaining fact and expert discovery, defeating (and winning) summary judgment motions, mediation, negotiating settlements, and trial. 


Duke University School of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2014

Boston College

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, cum laude, 2011

Bar Admissions
• Rhode Island
• Massachusetts
• U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island

• U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts

• U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Contact David directly at dfrancazio@rilawcpa.com

Robert A. D'Alfonso, III, Esq. - Of Counsel


Rob D'Alfonso became Of Counsel to Nicholson & Associates in October, 2018. His practice with Nicholson & Associates focuses primarily on civil litigation and corporate law. Rob has extensive civil litigation experience, having drafted and filed countless civil complaints, resolved civil matters through settlement, arbitration, and mediation, and successfully argued dozens of civil motions before Rhode Island and Massachusetts courts, including numerous motions to dismiss and/or for summary judgment.

Other than his time in law school, Rob is a lifelong Rhode Islander. He is licensed to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 


Georgetown Law

J.D., 2013; LL.M., 2014

Providence College

B.A. English, 2008

Bar Admissions

• Rhode Island 

• Massachusetts

• U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island

• U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts 

Contact Rob directly at rdalfonso@rilawcpa.com 

Gerard M. DeCelles, Esq. - Of Counsel

Contact Gerry directly at gmdlaw1@aol.com