Georgetown University Law Center,
J.D., cum laude, 1983
Editorial Board, Georgetown University Law Journal
B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, 1980
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Planning Committee, 2003-Present
Vice President, 2014-2015
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Lawyers Association of St. Louis
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-Present
Named Lawyer of the Year for Railroad Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2013
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005, 2007-2016
2014 BTI Client Service All-Star
Thompson Coburn LLP
Co-Chair, Railroad Practice Area, 2001-Present
Board of Directors, 2015-Present
Knights of the Cauliflower Ear
Missouri Athletic Club
Governor, Board of Trustees, 2001-2003
De Smet Jesuit High School
Former Chairman, Board of Trustees
Boys Hope/Girls Hope of St. Louis
Board of Directors, 1997-2008
Chairperson, 2005 Sports Celebrity Dinner
Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation, including the defense of railroad, product liability and other personal injury claims, and the management of class action and commercial litigation.
As one of the firm's most experienced and successful trial lawyers, Nick has served as lead counsel for major corporations in high-exposure cases in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts, including dangerous venues such as the City of St. Louis, and other federal courts throughout the country. He has secured jury verdicts, summary judgments, favorable settlements and appellate victories in numerous cases involving FELA, maritime, health care, product liability, employment, class action, patent infringement and business litigation. In 2017 to date, Nick's clients have obtained two summary judgments at the trial court level and an appellate affirmance of an earlier defense verdict. That case involved a verdict for Nick's client following a one-week trial. The jury deliberated only 45 minutes.
Nick has lectured at national trial lawyer seminars on federal preemption, juror evaluation and mitigation of damages.
In 2014, Nick was named a "Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting, the country's leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel. Just 330 attorneys nationwide received the honor. Listed attorneys are those whom corporate counsel have singled out for a "client service performance exceeding all others," according to BTI. Nick was nominated in the areas of civil litigation and complex tort and commercial litigation
Since 2007, Nick has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. In 2013, the publication named Nick the 2013 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law. The U.S. News “Best Law Firms” list has recognized Thompson Coburn’s railroad practice as among the top in the country, awarding the firm a national tier-one ranking for “Railroad Law” ranking multiple times.
Nick has combined a successful trial practice with a wide range of civic and charitable endeavors in the St. Louis community.
- Successful summary judgments from St. Louis City Circuit Court and United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (2017).
- Defense verdict for railroad client after five trial days (state court) where plaintiff had neck fusion and claimed over $1 million in damages; jury deliberated 45 minutes.
- Successful settlement after six trial days (state court) for defendant liquor distribution client, following voir dire, opening statement and cross examination of opposing witnesses.
- Plaintiff verdict for corporate distributor client against manufacturer following seven-day trial (federal court).
- Successful verdict for railroad client (below last offer) following seven-day trial (state court) where plaintiff had multiple surgeries and sought over $2 million in damages.
- Defense verdict in patent infringement case for distribution client following 10-day trial (federal court) where corporate plaintiff sought multi-million dollars in damages.
- Secured affirmance of summary judgments and defense verdict by Missouri Court of Appeals (2017).
- Obtained summary judgment for railroad client in state court in assault case, affirmed by Missouri Court of Appeals, transfer denied by Missouri Supreme Court, cert denied, U.S. Supreme Court.
- Obtained summary judgment for railroad client in state court in judicial estoppel matter, affirmed by Missouri Court of Appeals.
- Obtained writ of prohibition from Missouri Supreme Court for railroad client asserting privilege issues.
- Received favorable Sixth Circuit affirmation of federal court defense verdict in multi-million dollar unpaid commission claim following federal court trial in Kentucky for distribution client.
- Represented product manufacturer in product liability class action defenses in Illinois and Missouri federal courts.
- Defended class certification for retail client in Missouri federal court following evidentiary hearing.
- Assisted pharmaceutical company defendant in Missouri state court litigation.
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