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John T. Nicolaou
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John Nicolaou

John Nicolaou is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, working on securities and consumer protection matters. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, John was an associate at Boies Schiller Flexner. While at Boies Schiller Flexner, John spent many years as a key member of the team representing a class of American International Group (AIG) shareholders in a case against the United States Government concerning the constitutionality of the Government’s acquisition of a controlling equity stake in AIG. He was a member of the trial team that won a liability verdict against the Government in the Court of Federal Claims.

John was a part of the team that successfully represented attorney Paul Napoli in an arbitration against his former partner Marc Bern regarding a multi-million dollar breach-of-contract claim. John was also a core member of the team that defended Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO) against a billion dollar breach-of-contract and employment lawsuit by its former Chief Investment Officer, Bill Gross. His other cases at Boies Schiller Flexner included a variety of antitrust, fraud, and breach-of-contract matters.

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  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    J.D. – 2012
    James Kent Scholar (2011, 2012)
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (2010)
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    M.A. (Radio, Television, and Film) – 2009
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    B.A. summa cum laude (Major: English; Minor: Math) – 2008
  • New York, 2013
  • Note, Whistle While You Work: How the False Claims Act Amendments Protect Internal Whistleblowers, 2011 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 531 (2011)