Profile

Nick is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and has consistently been recognized as one of the country’s top litigators. His extensive trial experience focuses on the areas of business crimes and complex commercial litigation.

He has negotiated non-prosecution agreements for publicly traded companies and has won exoneration of numerous individuals, non-profit entities, Fortune 500 companies, and a major national university in federal and state grand jury and regulatory investigations. He also serves as counsel to the former CEO of a major insurance company, to Starr International Company and C.V. Starr & Co., the Andy Warhol Foundation, and several hedge funds.

Nick recently won a $663 million jury verdict for a plaintiff in a case against the manufacturer of highway guardrails, the biggest award ever in a whistleblower action without intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice.

His trial victories have included winning an acquittal for three leading New York City real estate companies indicted under the Martin Act, and a jury verdict that vindicated foreign exchange traders at Banque Indosuez who were accused of executing hundreds of millions of dollars of unauthorized trades.

Nick is a longtime member of Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America and of New York’s Best Lawyers. Nick was recently recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America for 2017. He has also been selected to Super Lawyers every year since 2006, and was named a Top Business Litigation Attorney for NY in 2017.

Nick was recently appointed to the New York Continuing Legal Education Board by former NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. He also serves as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, as a member of the Second Department Judicial Screening Committee, as Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library, and as a member of the boards of trustees for the Central Park Conservancy, Community Service Society, and Poly Prep Country Day School.

Experience

Nick’s recent experience includes:

  • Winning a lengthy trial in the valuation of AriZona Iced Tea
  • Representing several groups of bondholders in Argentina's debt crisis litigation
  • Representing 12 Lloyd’s syndicates in litigation arising out of Hurricane Katrina
  • Representing Carnival Corporation, Calvin Klein Inc., Current TV, and Tyco International
  • Winning a substantial victory in Los Angeles federal court for a nationally-known mystery writer against a major publishing house
  • Winning the acquittal of a defendant charged with arson in New York State Supreme Court in a groundbreaking "false confession" case
  • Achieving a hung jury while defending an anesthesiologist against insurance fraud charges in a New York federal court
  • Presenting part of the defense case on behalf of Starr International Company in the firm's trial victory over AIG in a dispute over the ownership of billions of dollars of AIG stock
  • Winning outright dismissal of a well-publicized civil action filed against members of the immediate family of the Vice President of the United States
  • Negotiating pleas for the former owner of a National Hockey League team charged with mail and wire fraud, a floor trader on the New York Stock Exchange charged with securities violations, and a medical supplies provider charged with insurance fraud

Publications & Presentations

Counsel to Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts, Law360, April 18, 2017 (with Ilana Miller)

Education

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Writing and Research Editor, Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • Duke University, B.S., magna cum laude, Psychology and Political Science

Admissions

Bars

  • New York
  • Connecticut

Awards and Associations

Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America

New York’s Best Lawyers

New York-Metro Super Lawyers

New York Council of Defense Lawyers

Former Member of Sentencing Guidelines Committee

Federal Bar Council Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Former Member of Criminal Advocacy Committee