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Nicholas H. Rasmussen


7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 433-1300 main
(559) 433-2300 fax

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Juris Doctor, 2012 (with distinction)
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law 
Scholar in Law Award
Dean's List 
Wiley-Rutledge Moot Court Competition (Semi-Finalist)
Phi Alpha Delta
Washington University Appellate Clinic
Intellectual Property Law Society, Executive Officer
Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Executive Articles Editor and Staff Editor 

Department of Political Science, 2004-2005
State University of New York, Stony Brook 
Presidential Fellowship 

Bachelor of Arts, History, Political Science and Government, 2004 (with honors)
University of California, San Diego 
Provost's Honors, Revelle College 
Thesis: Circuits, Race, and Death: An Analysis of Federal Circuit Level Ineffective Counsel Appeals in Capital Post-Conviction Proceedings (2003)


Mr. Rasmussen joined McCormick Barstow’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practice Group in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rasmussen served as a summer associate at Steese, Evans & Frankel, and conducted supervised appellate practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit with the Washington University Appellate Clinic.  

Mr. Rasmussen is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, and the U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California. 


Concentrating in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation.

Professional Associations

Mr. Rasmussen is a member of the State Bar of California, Federal Bar Association, Fresno County Bar Association and Fresno County Young Lawyers Association.  He is also a member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.

Community Involvement

Mr. Rasmussen serves as McCormick Barstow’s primary liaison to various programs with McLane High School.

Reported Cases

Taylor v. Dormire, 690 F.3d 898 (8th Cir. 2012) (successful representation of prisoner asserting §1983 claims, obtaining reversal of trial court judgment and remand for new trial).

Kaden v. Slykhuis, 651 F.3d 966 (8th Cir. 2011) (successful representation of prisoner asserting First Amendment and §1983 claims reversing lower court’s dismissal).

Publications & Lectures

Tools, Rules and Fools: Civil Investigation of Suspected Insurance Fraud,” Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association (WSATI) Annual Training Seminar, Lake Tahoe, NV, October 5-8, 2014.

Nicholas H. Rasmussen, Efficient Exclusions: Improving the Efficiency of United States International Trade Commission Exclusion Order Enforcement, 11 Wash. U. Glob. Stud. L. Rev. 845 (2012).

Nicholas H. Rasmussen, Photographs (assorted), Washington University Law Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 2011). 

Nicholas H. Rasmussen, The United States and the Citizen Soldier, American Ex-POW Papers, Vol. 3, (2000), V.A. San Diego Healthcare, University of California, San Diego.