Nick’s practice focuses primarily on environmental matters, including matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensatory and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).  He also has extensive civil litigation experience.

Nick is additionally experienced in representing clients in regulatory actions brought by the State.  He has also helped clients successfully navigate state regulatory and federal grand jury investigations.

Nick also represents Indian Tribes in matters involving environmental and natural resource issues.

Practice Areas

Association Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Section

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, summa cum laude, 2009
  • M.P.A., Columbia University, 2004
  • B.S., University of Michigan, 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, “How Tribes Can Use Citizen Suits and Other Laws to Preserve and Protect the Health and Quality of the Reservation,” Tribal Lands and Environment Forum: A National Conversation on Tribal Land and Water Resources, Spokane, Washington, August 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "How Environmental Citizen Suits can be Used to Protect Tribal Interests and the Role of SLAPP Counterclaims," Seminar for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environment Program Managers & In-house Counsel, Seattle, Washington, March 2018
  • Presenter, "The Administrative Hearing Process and the Role of the Tribal Court Investigation," Seminar for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environment Program Managers & In-house Counsel, Seattle, Washington, April 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "The Hostile State Part 2 - Tribes Need to Protect their Interests and Build Litigation Quality Administrative Records to Support EPA Approval of Tribal Authority under Federal Law," Seminar for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environmental Program Managers & In-house Counsel, Seattle, Washington, March 2016
  • Presenter, "Developing a Comprehensive Tribal Remedial Response and Natural Resource Assessment Strategy," Tribal Lands and Environment Forum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2015

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Recycling Association, Member

Publications

Honors

  • Recognized as a Washington "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016 - present

Representative Experience

  • Rollins v. Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., 191 Wn. App. 876, 366 P.3d 33 (2015). Obtained summary judgment dismissal of product liability action brought against manufacturer on federal preemption grounds.
  • Sloat v. Nixon (No. 2:11-cv-1659 RSL) Successfully defended out-of-state law firm against alleged violations of fair debt collection practices; attorneys' fees awarded to out-of-state defendant client.
  • Rice v. Cavanagh, et al. (No. 3:10-cv-5611 RBL) Obtained dismissal of claims against financial institution and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in action alleging wrongful foreclosure and violation of numerous State and Federal laws.
  • Assisting Tribe develop and pass into Tribal law a Solid Waste Management Ordinance
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