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.
Sutherland successfully defends annuity issuer in national class action.
Sutherland successfully defended a major issuer of IRC 403(b) annuity products in a national class action.
Sutherland successfully represents major corporation in putative ERISA consolidated class action suit.
Sutherland successfully represented a large corporation in a putative ERISA consolidated class action suit challenging inclusion of company stock in the 401(k) plan. The court dismissed the complaint in its entirety.
Sutherland protects manufacturer in litigation arising out of dealer bankruptcy.
Sutherland won summary judgment for a manufacturer in litigation arising out of dealer bankruptcy.
Awards and Rankings
Recipient, West Publishing Company CJS Award for “most significant contribution toward legal scholarship” in recognition of law review work (1981)
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)