Nick’s practice focuses on complicated commercial and intellectual property disputes, including claims for trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement, breach of contract, fraud, fraudulent transfer, business defamation, and violations of non-competition agreements. Before joining Fulkerson Lotz, Nick served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gregg Costa of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, law clerk to Honorable Gregg Costa (2014-1015)
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2014
- LEX Certificate Award (Top Grade Class): Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Legal Writing I, Constitutional Law, Property, Criminal Law, Texas Consumer Law, Legal Writing II
- Houston Law Review, Chief Editor of HLRe: Off the Record
- Best Brief, National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition, 2014
- Justice Bud Warren Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy, 2014
- Order of the Barons, Order of the Coif, and Order of the Barristers
- Judge David Hittner, Southern District of Texas, January-May 2013
- Judge Sim Lake, Southern District of Texas, July-August 2012
- Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, May-June 2012
Vanderbilt University, B.A., Communication of Science and Technology, 2011
- National Champion, American Debate Association, 2009-2010 & 2010-2011
- Team Captain, Vanderbilt University Debate Team
- Founder’s Medal for Oratory
- University of Texas Health Science Center, Research Assistant in BSL 3 Lab
- NASA, Intern in Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications
Admissions to Practice
- State of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- State Bar of Texas
- Houston Bar Association
- Houston Bar Foundation Fellowship
- Expert Storytelling & Storytelling Experts: Why You Should Use Scientific Stories in the Courtroom, 5 Houston Law Review’s HLRe 157 (2015), read it here
- A Reply to “Mind the GAAP”, 93 Texas Law Review’s See Also 1 (2014) (co-authored with Tom Fulkerson), read it here
Nick was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After attending college in Tennessee, he returned to his hometown to pursue a legal career while his wife studied to become a doctor in the medical center. In his free time, Nick volunteers for the Houston Urban Debate League and avidly roots for the Houston Rockets, Texans, and Astros.
I approach every client’s case with the same philosophy that I have used to tackle challenges in my own life: Every battle is won or lost before it is ever fought. It’s about more than preparation; anyone can spend countless hours grinding away in the face of adversity. My role as a lawyer is knowing how to prepare in a smart and efficient way. Sometimes that means finding an amicable solution to preserve a business relationship. Other times it means facing down an opponent in the courtroom. And it always means doing top quality work while protecting the client’s bottom line.
My training to tackle complex challenges came from experiences with some of the most talented young people in the country. Winning public speaking and debate competitions like the Intercollegiate American Debate Association National Championship taught me the art of persuasion. Working at NASA and the University of Texas Health Science Center taught me the importance of mastering diverse bodies of knowledge. Serving as the Chief Editor of a legal journal and winning awards in moot court taught me the value of writing. And graduating valedictorian from law school taught me how smart preparation translates into concrete results.
I honed this experience after graduation by clerking for one of the best judges in the country, the Honorable Gregg Costa of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (formerly of the Southern District of Texas). By listening to his experiences as a seasoned prosecutor turned judge, I trained in the intricacies of dispute resolution on both sides of the bar. From observing appellate briefs and pre-trial motions, I learned to differentiate between wasteful strategies and cost-effective ones. And through listening to his observations during trial and oral arguments, I became instilled with what it means to be an effective advocate.
Clients deserve someone they can trust to prepare hard, prepare smart, and put their best foot forward. I promise to approach every case with nothing less.