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Nicholas J. Faso is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation department. He represents businesses, municipalities, and individuals in all phases of dispute resolution, including litigation avoidance, settlement negotiations, litigation in state and federal court, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Nick has a broad range of experience in matters involving commercial and contract disputes, shareholder claims, business divorces and partnership disputes, employment claims; construction claims, trust and estate disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices, breach of non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, premises liability, and proceedings against governmental entities involving land use, development, and other agency determinations.

Nick emphasizes securing efficient outcomes for his clients. For example, in one recent case, Nick represented a pharmaceutical materials supplier in litigation against one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world. By taking an aggressive approach to the litigation, Nick was able to secure a substantial monetary recovery without the time and expense of protracted litigation.

During law school, Nick served as the Executive Editor for Symposium of the Albany Law Review and an intern in the chambers of the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of New York. Nick was also the winner of the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials, a year-long trial advocacy competition. Prior to law school, Nick worked on a congressional campaign and as a staffer for a New York State Senator.

Practice Areas

Industries

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Albany Law School, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Skidmore College, cum laude

Representative Experience

  • Represented a developer in litigation with industrial development agency resulting in recovery of over $1 million on summary judgment.
  • Represented a landowner in a lawsuit against a municipality resulting in invalidation of a local zoning law that prevented development of the client’s land.
  • Represented a college in a defamation lawsuit against it resulting in a favorable settlement.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2012—Present
  • Member, Albany County Bar Association, 2012—Present
  • Board of Directors, Albany Symphony Orchestra, 2014—Present
  • President, Albany Academy Alumni Association, 2018—Present

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York Paul J. Curran Award, 2014
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus, Albany Academy, 2014

Publications

  • Civil Disobedience in the Supreme Court: Retroactivity and the Compromise Between Formal and Substantive Justice, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 1613 (2012).
  • The Return to Article X: A New Paradigm for Approving Energy Projects in New York State, New York Zoning Law and Practice Report (September/October 2011, coauthored with Terresa Bakner).