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
Named to De Smet Jesuit High School’s Hall of Fame, 2017
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-Present
Named a Client Service All-Star in Civil Litigation and Complex Tort and Commercial Litigation by BTI Consulting, 2014
Named Lawyer of the Year for Railroad Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2013
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005, 2007-Present
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.
Nick's product liability work has included the defense of individual and class action litigation involving tires, road safety products, pharmaceuticals, electric motors, and industrial pipe. He has also defended a wide variety of food manufacturers in product liability litigation.
His litigation results to date in 2018 include a unanimous published appellate court decision affirming a 2017 summary judgment decision by a trial court, and the successful settlement of a significant personal injury lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. Nick has lectured at national trial lawyer seminars on federal preemption, juror evaluation and mitigation of damages.
Since 2007, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. In the 2019 edition, Nick was named a Lawyer of the Year by the publication for Railroad Law. 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" 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.
- Missouri Court of Appeals affirmance of state court summary judgment (2018).
- 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.
- Defeated class certification for retail client in Missouri federal court following evidentiary hearing.
- Defended pharmaceutical companies in Missouri state court litigation (City of St. Louis).
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