Nicholas T. Christakos: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Nicholas T. Christakos

Nicholas T. Christakos
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Class Action Defense
  • Automotive
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0184
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Harvard College, A.B., cum laude
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D. Deputy Project Editor, American Criminal Law Review
Admitted1982, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Member, Board of Directors, General Counsel and former National Co-chair, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Volunteer Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Volunteer Attorney, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Past President, Harvard Club of Washington, D.C.
Former Regional Director, Harvard Alumni Association
Member, Board of Directors, Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, an affiliate of the American Association for World Health
Member, Executive Committee, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth International Conferences on Nutrition and Fitness in Greece (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004)

BornDes Moines, Iowa, April 22, 1957

With more than 30 years of representing clients in federal and state courts, in litigation and arbitration, Nick Christakos knows that no two clients or cases are identical and that each client has individual business needs, philosophies and goals. Understanding each client's business, planning a targeted litigation strategy and obtaining a favorable outcome are key to Nick's broad-based litigation experience, which includes work in insurance, reinsurance, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), securities, employment law, automotive franchise and general contract disputes.

In the insurance and reinsurance areas, Nick has spent thousands of hours in litigation, arbitration and client counseling relating to insurance product transactions, sales practices, coverage, fiduciary liability, risk management, reinsurance arrangements and other matters affecting the financial services industry. Nick also serves as the firm's general counsel.

Selected Experience

Sutherland successfully defends annuity issuer in national class action.

Sutherland successfully represents major corporation in putative ERISA consolidated class action suit.

Sutherland protects manufacturer in litigation arising out of dealer bankruptcy.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, Whitney North Seymour Award , Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (2015)

Recipient, West Publishing Company CJS Award for “most significant contribution toward legal scholarship” in recognition of law review work (1981)


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Supreme Court Reinforces Federal Policy Favoring Arbitration and Rejects Application of Preempted State Law
Thomas R. Bundy,Thomas M. Byrne,Nicholas T. Christakos,Thomas W. Curvin,Patricia A. Gorham, December 21, 2015
Consistent with decisions over the past several years upholding the validity of mandatory arbitration provisions and class action waivers, on December 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that state courts cannot end-run and avoid application of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) by applying state...

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Nicholas T. Christakos

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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