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Nickolas G. Spiliotis

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Nick Spiliotis is a partner in the firm’s labor, employment and workplace safety practice group. He counsels employers regarding a broad range of workplace issues and vigorously defends lawsuits when contentious claims arise. He has particular experience representing clients in the oil and gas, restaurant and hospitality, banking, maritime, manufacturing, and construction industries. Mr. Spiliotis regularly represents employers before administrative agencies, most frequently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. He is a strategic advocate who seeks to minimize the possibility of employment litigation through effective counseling. He frequently drafts employment agreements containing restrictive covenants. He also routinely assists the firm’s corporate and transactional practice group with employment-related concerns and issues of mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Spiliotis is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been named a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016 and a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters 2017-2019.

Mr. Spiliotis currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College Holy Cross, a liberal arts college and seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Mr. Spiliotis is also an active recreational fisherman with deep knowledge of the commercial seafood and restaurant industries. In 2019, he was on a short-list of candidates submitted by the Governor of Texas for nomination to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

Professional Background

Mr. Spiliotis spent the early years of his legal career with a national law firm in New York City. He has lived and practiced law in Houston since 2006. Before joining K&L Gates, he was a partner at a large Texas-based firm.


  • Named a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, 2017-2020

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Spiliotis is often asked to speak to management regarding employment law issues. He has presented topics before the American Petroleum Labor Lawyers Association, the Houston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, and the South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference.