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Jeffrey P. Nichols

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203-878-9800

A thoughtful and determined advocate, Jeffrey P. Nichols represents clients in civil litigation in state and federal courts, before state agencies, and in mediation and arbitration settings. His areas of concentration include business disputes, contracts, unfair trade practices, contentious employment matters, malpractice claims, and other complex issues.

Jeff’s recent matters include representation of a small debt collection company in claim of breach against national corporation, using statistical modeling to demonstrate damages where financial records were lost, representation of a regional real estate developer in action for enforcement of purchase agreement involving environmental remediation conditions, and representation of a pension plan in professional malpractice action against plan actuary.

Jeff was privileged to hold back-to-back clerkships in the Appellate Court and federal district court. He enjoys writing and arguing on complicated legal issues in state and federal courts, including the courts of appeal. His appeal from a decision of the Freedom of Information Commission on behalf of a concerned parent led to a legislative amendment to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. He also obtained a landmark decision regarding the “born alive” rule on behalf of an infant’s estate.

Jeff serves as an associate editor of Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, Vol. 12 of the Connecticut Practice Series.

Evidencing his commitment to education, Jeff previously taught high school in Mississippi and Chile. He has been a volunteer and guest speaker for Junior Achievement, and served as a member of his school district’s Strategic Planning Committee. He also serves as the Hesburgh Lecture Coordinator for the Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County.

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • University of Notre Dame
      • Master of Education - 1999

    Bar Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut

    Significant Representations

    • Represented general contractor in multidefendant action against state university for wrongful termination of $81 million construction contract, against architect for professional negligence and malpractice and against owner’s representative for tortious interference with contract.
    • Connecticut counsel for international aerospace distributor in state court action by international aerospace manufacturer alleging breach of pricing contract and unfair trade practices.
    • Represented class of independent auto body repairers in federal unfair trade practices class action against national casualty insurer for steering repair work to favored auto body shops and suppressing labor rates in auto body industry.
    • Represented mother and estate of deceased infant in wrongful death action claiming that physician failed to diagnose pregnancy before performing invasive procedure and obtained a landmark decision regarding the “born alive” rule. See Foster v. de Cholnoky, No. FBTCV136034831, 61 Conn. L. Rptr. 122, 2015 WL 5626312, at *1 (Conn. Super. Ct. Aug. 21, 2015).
      Co-counsel for electrical contractor sued as third party defendant by national printing company that was alleged to have obtained unpaid electricity by bypassing the electric utility meter; obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims against contractor, including breach of contract, contractual indemnification and common-law indemnification.
    • Represented minority stakeholder of national home improvement franchisor in action against majority stakeholder in action for breaches of good faith and fiduciary duties, wrongful dissolution, and misappropriation of business assets.
    • Represented building and remodeling product developer in enforcement of his royalty interests against national conglomerate that had purchased his business.
    • Represented trust beneficiary in action against bank trustee in probate appeal and civil action for breach of fiduciary duty.
    • Represented security guard before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights regarding her complaints of sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation.
    • Represented young widower in federal court action against insurance company for bad faith denial of life insurance benefits.
    • Represented concerned parent in appeals from decisions of the Freedom of Information Commission relating to the local board of education.
    • Represented concerned parent in matter that led to a statutory amendment to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act.  See Lowthert v. Freedom of Info. Comm’n, No. HHBCV156030425S, 2017 WL 950990, at *1 (Conn. Super. Ct. Jan. 17, 2017).