- Complex Litigation
- Labor & Employment
- Antitrust/Competition Law
- Educational Institutions
|University ||College of William & Mary, B.A., magna cum laude|
|Law School||University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.|
|Admitted||Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; Federal District Court, District of Massachusetts|
Nate's practice focuses on labor and employment law. He represents businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and at alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
· Nate recently argued and won a motion to dismiss, obtaining a complete dismissal of the plaintiff's claims against her former employer for wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, and loss of support and loss of society.
· Nate was recently part of a team that defeated a former employer's request for temporary restraining order to enforce a noncompetition agreement against a former employee and her new employer.
· Nate was recently part of a team that obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a Fortune 50 company in a federal jury trial brought by a former manager. With potential damages in excess of $2 million, the plaintiff alleged his former employer retaliated against him for accusing the company of race discrimination. The complaint contained two counts, retaliatory firing and retaliatory hostile work environment under the Massachusetts' employment discrimination statute (his race discrimination claims had been dismissed at summary judgment). After a one week trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict on both counts after four hours of deliberation.
Before Edwards Wildman
While attending the University of Virginia School of Law, Nate litigated on behalf of children as a member of the Child Advocacy Clinic, successfully advocating for children to receive special education services and representing juvenile inmates under Virginia's Serious Juvenile Offender statute. Nate also served as Managing Editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.
Before law school, Nate worked for the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division as a paralegal.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Nate loves camping and hiking through the nation's National Parks, and he enjoys Shakespeare in all forms.
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
NLRB Goes Negative on Workplace Policies Promoting Positive Behavior
Sang-yul Lee,Nathanael Nichols,Timothy P. Van Dyck, April 23, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board continues its close scrutiny of workplace policies that govern employee behavior. According to Hills and Dales General Hospital, 360 NLRB No. 70 (April 1, 2014), workplace policies banning “negativity” and “negative comments” are illegal....
Marijuana and the Workplace: A Potpourri of Conflicting Laws for Employers
Nathanael Nichols,Timothy P. Van Dyck, January 27, 2014
20 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized possession of marijuana for medical use, and for recreational use as well in Washington and Colorado. However, federal law still lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, with no legal use. This uncertain regulatory scheme places employers in...
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