Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information

Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


20 South Clark Street, Suite 2620, Chicago, Illinois 60603

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Class Actions
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Insurance Litigation
  • International Law
  • Mediation
  • Product Liability
  • Reinsurance
  • Toxic Torts
  • Mass Disasters

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About Us

Fitzpatrick & Hunt specializes in product liability defense and claims prevention. The firm actively litigates some of the most complex cases facing clients today. These cases are both technically and legally complex and our experienced team of lawyers combines legal acumen with technical expertise to take these cases to conclusion. Whether the case calls for disposition on a motion, alternative dispute resolution or advocacy at trial, our lawyers are prepared and able to defend clients at every stage. Indeed, not only have our lawyers tried these complex cases, but we have taken our representation to the highest level on appeal, including to the United States Supreme Court.

For more than 30 years our lawyers have provided advisory consultation to worldwide insurance markets and product manufacturers in a range of industries. Our lawyers focus on delivering clients a defense strategy that is custom tailored to their needs and remain cognizant of the delicate balance that is the defense of litigation with our clients’ business interests and goals. Lawyers in our firm have successfully led the defenses of sophisticated product manufacturers including engine and aircraft manufacturers, satellite systems manufacturers, avionics manufacturers and suppliers and medical device manufacturers. Our case experience extends from defending clients against stand alone personal injury claims to consolidated cases and multidistrict litigation around the country and abroad. Our range of representations includes clients small and large and our lawyers are equipped to address the specific needs of each in any litigation that may arise.

Our team is well-versed in litigation avoidance techniques and preparedness. We work with clients to establish preventative practices and corrective action protocols, and provide risk assessment and advise them on loss prevention plans to reduce risk and exposure. We focus on product integrity, providing seminars at our clients’ facilities directed to the specific needs of each individual client. Our lawyers have learned there is no one size fits all approach to litigation preparedness and avoidance, and respond to our clients’ needs accordingly.

Communication is critical to our success. Our clients entrust us to provide early and honest case assessment in order to provide them guidance on how to proceed with their claims. We ensure our clients are involved in decision making every step of the way. From initial notice of claim to claim resolution, our clients are our partners in the defense of the litigation and we try to meet their concerns and needs. We also understand the costs and benefits of litigation and offer our clients counsel on these subjects. We appreciate the financial burdens that often accompany defending complex claims and realize litigation to the end does not always fulfill every client’s needs. Our team has the necessary experience in alternative dispute resolution to successfully resolve cases in advance of trial and have successfully mediated high exposure cases to the best interest of our clients.

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Additional Locations

  • Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1 Landmark Square, 21st Floor
  • Stamford, Connecticut 06901
    • Telephone: 203-580-4000
    • Fax: 203-580-4350
  • Los Angeles, California
  • US Bank Tower
  • 633 West Fifth Street, 60th Floor
  • Los Angeles, California 90071
    • Telephone: 213-873-2100
    • Fax: 213-873-2125
  • Princeton, New Jersey
  • Forrestal Village
  • 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 200
  • Princeton, New Jersey 08540
    • Telephone: 609-606-6940
    • Fax: 609-606-6941

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Personnel Information

Partner


Nicholas C. Bart

Chicago, IL

  • Telephone: 312-728-4901
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Contract Disputes
  • Construction Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment
  • Civil Rights
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1998
  • Illinois, 1999
Education:
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A. Political Science, 1995
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1998
Law Review:
Marquette University Intellectual Property Law Review
Military:
Infantry, U.S. Army National Guard (1989-1995)

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Associate



Shane C. Nichols


Loss Prevention

Conferences and Events

Verdicts

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