"We know Nick as a superb litigator, familiar with every nuance of insurance coverage law," said Robert M. Horkovich, Anderson Kill's managing shareholder. "We are delighted to welcome him back into the firm."
In his insurance recovery practice, Nick represents policyholder clients in catastrophic first-party property damage and business interruption claims, environmental and asbestos claims, and D&O and E&O claims. In addition to a wide variety of matters filed under general liability insurance policies, he has handled claims under employment practices liability, inland marine, and fidelity and crime policies. He has also worked on reinsurance arbitrations, including domestic and foreign confidential arbitrations.
In Nick’s commercial litigation practice, he has represented former business partners in disputes involving RICO and Lanham Act claims; a dispute between former corporate affiliates involving the interpretation of the former subsidiary’s distribution agreement; and disputes involving contractual and creditor rights.
Nick’s experience encompasses all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals. He has successfully gone to verdict for his clients on both jury and non-jury trials, an increasing rarity in contemporary commercial ligation. He has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the country, and has also represented numerous clients on insurance and commercial litigation matters in both state and federal appellate courts.
"With his deep experience in environmental, property damage and professional liability insurance coverage litigation, Nick is a great fit with our New Jersey practice," said Steven J. Pudell, managing shareholder of Anderson Kill's Newark office.
Active in pro bono practice, Nick has represented clients seeking asylum and other forms of relief from deportation, including in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After Superstorm Sandy, he worked with Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and other organizations to bring insurance coverage support to those in need, working on nearly a dozen pro bono insurance coverage matters related to Sandy. He has handled impact pro bono litigation including teaming with the ACLU of New Jersey to overturn city ordinances that criminalized seeking food or monetary assistance. As a result of that litigation, the ordinances were eliminated and a donation was made to a local organization supplying meals and other services to the homeless. Nick is currently the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Nick is co-author of Business Income Insurance Disputes, a leading treatise on business interruption and time-element insurance issues. His numerous articles have been cited in court decisions including Am. Nat. Prop. & Cas. Co. v. Wyatt
(Mo. Ct. app. 2013); NGM Ins. Co. v. Carolina’s Power Wash & Painting,
(D.S.C. Jan. 12, 2010); and In re Idleaire Tech. Corp.
(Bankr. D. Del. Feb. 18, 2009). He has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he taught Commercial Law Survey, and a guest lecturer on Environmental Insurance Law at Rutgers School of Law – Camden. He is a former Chair of the Insurance Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and currently Co-Chair of its Newsletter.
Nick is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.