Robert James McNichols was a United States federal judge in Spokane, Washington.
He attended Washington State College in Pullman and the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane.
Born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, McNichols was in the United States. Army during World World War II, from 1940 to 1941 and from 1943 to 1946. Following his first year as a law student in 1949, he worked for the Spokane Stock Exchange as a quotation clerk, and received an Bachelor of Laws from Gonzaga in 1952. McNichols was a law clerk to state supreme court justice Edward Schaellenback in 1952.
He was a deputy prosecuting attorney of Spokane County from 1953 to 1954, and was in private practice in Spokane with the firm of Winston and Cashatt for 24 years, from 1955 to 1979.
McNichols was a federal judge on the United States. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. McNichols was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on November 6, 1979, to a new seat created earlier that year by 92 Statistics
1629. He was confirmed by the United States. Senate on December 5 and received his commission on December 10, 1979, and was sworn in on January 4, 1980.
He was chief judge from 1980 to 1989, and assumed senior status in 1991 on April 20. He served in that capacity for twenty months, until his death from lung cancer in Spokane in late 1992.
He is buried in Idaho at the Saint Thomas Cemetery in Coeur d"Alene. During his investiture to the federal bench in January 1980, the elder swore the younger in.