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Biography

Nick is a litigator with a broad practice encompassing commercial litigation, mass torts and catastrophic injuries, and bad faith insurance defense. He has experience at all stages of litigation, including incident investigation, prelitigation dispute resolution, arbitration, pretrial discovery, trial, and appeal. Nick’s approach to litigation reflects the breadth of his practice. He understands that each case imposes unique challenges, and he listens to a client’s concerns and goals before collaborating with that client to customize a strategy.

Nick currently represents national manufacturers and suppliers, a national retail chain, a Fortune 100 insurance company, and several smaller companies and individuals. Nick has particularized experience in the oil and gas industry and regularly represents operators, midstream companies, and oilfield services companies. He is an active member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.

Nick’s practice takes him before courts throughout Pennsylvania and has earned him recognition in Super Lawyers’ Pennsylvania Rising Stars® list for the past eight years (2014-2021), an honor limited to the top 2.5 percent of young attorneys in the Commonwealth.

Other Info About Nick

Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Secured no-payment settlement with injured party and obtained summary judgment against remaining parties in catastrophic personal injury claim arising from trucking accident. (Armstrong County, PA)

Obtained dismissal of breach of contract claims against mining company stemming from multi-million-dollar mining contract. (Somerset County, PA)

Regional counsel for multiple product manufacturers, suppliers, and premise defendants in asbestos litigation throughout Pennsylvania. (Allegheny County, PA, Beaver County, PA, Erie County, PA, Philadelphia County, PA, and Warren County, PA)

Secured favorable resolution for specialty metals supplier in breach of contract action involving multiple US Navy contracts. (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania)

Represented midstream oil and gas company in litigation stemming from the deficient design and construction of processing, gathering, and fractionation facility. (Butler County, PA)

Defended Fortune 100 insurance company against allegations of bad-faith, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and consumer protection violations arising from multi-million-dollar personal injury verdict against insured. (Washington County, PA)

Represented oil and gas exploration and production company in landowner class action with aggregated claims exceeding $100,000,000 and against related breach of contract claims. (Mercer County, PA)

Successfully pursued breach of contract claim against regional distributor on behalf of level and pressure instrumentation manufacturer. (Allegheny County, PA)

Defended national retail chain in numerous personal injury actions. (Beaver County, PA, Fayette County, PA, and Armstrong County, PA)

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of oil and gas operator in action challenging the validity of upset tax sale at the trial court level and successfully argued subsequent appeal in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. (Westmoreland County, PA)

Represented manufacturer of movable walls in action alleging breach of exclusive distributorship agreement. (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania)

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of oil and gas lessee and landman in royalty and lease avoidance litigation. (Beaver County, PA)

Education

Law School

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2007, cum laude, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, articles editor

Undergrad

Allegheny College, B.A., 2004,cum laude

Bar Membership

Nick is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Pennsylvania, 2007

West Virginia, 2008

Courts

Nick is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Super Lawyers Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2014-2021

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Board of Directors, Side Project, Inc.

Firm Committees

Nick serves on the following committee at Frost Brown Todd:

Ethics Committee, Member

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