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R. Nicholas Perkins

Nicholas Perkins is an associate at the firm's Boston office and a member of the complex commercial litigation and disputes practice group. Nicholas has represented plaintiffs and defendants in the state and federal courts in a range of civil litigation matters. His experience spans the length of the litigation process, from the filing of complaints and requests for injunctive relief, through discovery, summary judgment, and trial. Nicholas has experience drafting dispositive motions, including multiple motions and cross-motions for summary judgment. His trial experience includes second chairing a 12-day bench trial in the Massachusetts Fiduciary Litigation Session.

Nicholas’ practice has included: 

  • employment disputes involving fiduciary issues, the protection of trade secrets, and the enforcement of noncompete agreements;
  • representation of investors seeking to protect their contractual rights in venture capital investments;
  • defense of financial institutions against claims brought under federal statutes, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act;
  • trust litigation relating to claims for the removal of private foundation trustees; and
  • counseling clients on the proliferation of state laws governing the enforceability of noncompete agreements.

Nicholas maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2020, he received the PAIR Project’s Pro Bono Detention Award for his representation of a Cuban pro-democracy activist in his asylum proceedings before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals, which resulted in a grant of permanent residency in the United States.

Nicholas was a summer associate in the firm's Boston office in 2018.

Prior to his legal career, Nicholas worked as an equity research associate at the London office of an American mutual fund company, where he covered European business service companies. During law school, Nicholas returned to his previous employer as a legal intern at its Boston headquarters.

  • Recipient of PAIR Project's 2020 Pro Bono Detention Award
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Classmates Share Pro Bono Award,” Boston College Law School Magazine, 30 July 2020
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