Jeffrey P. Nichols represents clients in a range of civil litigation matters in the state and federal courts and before state agencies. His practice areas include business torts, unfair trade practices, contract disputes, shareholder disputes, employment disputes, construction litigation, personal injury litigation and other complex civil disputes.
Mr. Nichols is a contributing editor to Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, Vol. 12 of the Connecticut Practice Series.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Nichols served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas A. Bishop of the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Hon. Donna F. Martinez, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut.
Mr. Nichols is a 1999 graduate with honors of the University of Notre Dame, from which he also obtained a Master of Education degree with honors in 2001. He obtained his law degree with honors in 2010 from Quinnipiac University School of Law where he was a Dean's Fellow and a member of the board of editors of the Quinnipiac Law Review.
Prior to law school, Mr. Nichols taught high school in Santiago, Chile and Gulfport, Mississippi.
Mr. Nichols is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
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.