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, captive insurer issues, and other matters affecting the financial services industry. Nick also serves as the firm’s general counsel.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized as a stand-out lawyer by Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers (2018)
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)
Webcast: Not Shy and Not Retiring: The Supreme Court’s Recent ERISA Decisions Affecting Retirement Plans (June 23, 2015)
In the past 12 months, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two significant decisions delineating the scope of a retirement plan fiduciary's duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ...
“Whether litigating in court or in administrative proceedings, before an administrative law judge or a six-person panel, each situation is a little different. That’s what makes it challenging.”
Secured dismissal for a major issuer of IRC 403(b) annuity products in a national class action challenging revenue-sharing arrangements under ERISA.
Secured dismissal of a putative ERISA consolidated class action suit challenging a large corporation's inclusion of company stock in its 401(k) plan.
Won summary judgment for an automobile manufacturer in litigation arising out of a dealer bankruptcy.
Won a trial for an automobile manufacturer involving dealer termination in Maryland.
Won tax court declaratory judgment reversing revocation of qualified plan exemption by IRS.
Won a verdict affirmed on appeal for an automobile manufacturer in litigation involving a dealer termination in Maryland.
“In franchise litigation, where I’ve represented automobile manufacturers, every state has a totally different set of rules and regulations, a totally different procedure, and you have to know them all.”
The Final Rule: Next Steps After Vacatur (April 5, 2018)
The nationwide vacatur of the Department of Labor “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on March 15, 2018, does not bring an ...
The Final Rule: DOL Fiduciary Rule Affirmed and Revoked (March 21, 2018)
During the week of March 12, two federal appeals courts separately upheld and vacated the DOL fiduciary rule under the Administrative Procedure Act, and DOL suspended enforcement of the rule pending ...
The Final Rule: Considerations and Analysis of the DOL’s 18-Month Transition Period Extension (November 29, 2017)
By a notice published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2017, the Department of Labor extended from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions in its ...
The Final Rule: DOL Proposes to Extend Transition Period until July 1, 2019, and Issues Additional Non-Enforcement Policy for Arbitration Limitations (August 31, 2017)
By a notice published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed to extend from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions ...
The Final Rule: DOL Issues Fourth Set of FAQs (August 9, 2017)
On August 3, 2017, the Department of Labor released a fourth set of FAQs related to its new “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions, which became applicable on June 9. Like ...
The Final Rule: The Fifth Request for Public Comments (June 30, 2017)
On June 29, 2017, the Department of Labor released a request for information, seeking public comments yet again on its new “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions which became ...
Legal Alert: Supreme Court Rules That Church-Affiliated Hospitals Fall Within ERISA’s Church Plan Exemption (June 7, 2017 )
On June 5, a unanimous US Supreme Court reversed decisions of the US Courts of Appeal for the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, holding that a church-affiliated organization that establishes an ...
The Final Rule: June 9 is the Launch Date After All (May 26, 2017)
With its announcements of May 22, 2017, starting with an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, the Department of Labor confirmed that, absent last-minute action in the courts or by Congress, its new ...
The Final Rule: Delayed But (Perhaps) Not Denied (April 7, 2017)
On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor released its final rule postponing the applicability date of its new “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions. This extension, which ...
The Final Rule: BICE on Ice? Status of the DOL Fiduciary Rule (March 8, 2017)
With recent developments in all three branches of government bearing on the authority and timing of the new Department of Labor (DOL) final rule expanding the definition of fiduciary “investment ...
The Final Rule: DOL’s Expanded Definition of Investment Advice Fiduciary Under ERISA and Revised Complex of Exemptions (April 12, 2016)
Just less than a year since its proposal, and just more than six months after receiving thousands of pages of commentary, petitions and hearing testimony, the Department of Labor finalized its ...
2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (November 24, 2015)
The Litigation Practice Group of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has published “2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” This publication reflects important changes to the Federal ...
Attorneys’ Liability Developments in 2009: The Rise and Fall of the “Red Flags” Rule Regarding Attorneys (April 2010)
Reprinted with permission from Professional Liability, Annual Review, 2010. 2010 by the American Bar Association
First 100 days and labor law (May 1, 2009)
Reprinted with permission from Daily Report
Ruling Fails to Define Role of Settlement Classes (September 8, 1997)
Reprinted with permission, The National Law Journal, September 1997
Maybe Reinsurers Can't Bow Out (January 13, 1997)
The Interview Process: Tiptoeing Through a Minefield (October 1996)
The Greater Washington Board of Trade News
Who Rules on Bankruptcies? (December 1993 - February 1994)
In the News
People on the Move - Nicholas Christakos (December 18, 2015)
Washington Business Journal
Partner Nicholas Christakos is featured in this Washington Business Journal article for being honored with the prestigious Whitney North Seymour Award by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under ...
Acritas Stars Recognizes 22 Eversheds Sutherland Attorneys for Outstanding Client Service (March 20, 2019)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that 22 attorneys have been recognized as stand-out lawyers in the 2019 Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers report. The annual report, based on ...
Acritas Stars Recognizes 17 Eversheds Sutherland (US) Attorneys for Outstanding Client Service (March 20, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys have been recognized as stand-out lawyers in the 2018 Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers report. The annual report, ...
Eversheds Sutherland 2016 Pro Bono Hours Add Up for Worthwhile Causes (July 31, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that its attorneys spent more than 15,000 hours on 614 pro bono matters in 2016. The cases, which ranged from contract disputes to high-profile asylum ...
Sutherland Partner Nicholas Christakos Receives Prestigious Whitney North Seymour Award from Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (December 18, 2015)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Nicholas T. Christakos has been recognized with the prestigious Whitney North Seymour Award by the Lawyers’ Committee ...
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)
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