Nicholas A. Nunes, of counsel to the firm, focuses his practice primarily on civil litigation and real estate law. Nick’s litigation practice is broad, but includes a specific focus on real estate, eminent domain, estates and trusts, landlord-tenant disputes, and employment law. Nick is an aggressive litigator who is regularly in court and does not shy away when it comes to protecting his client’s interest. Nick is admitted to practice in all Virginia state courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Nick has also been admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the United State District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
While practicing in Florida, Nick represented Florida A&M University in two high-profile disputes with former athletic coaches. Nick also represented the Florida Sheriff’s Association and numerous sheriffs’ offices in labor and employment law matters including harassment, discrimination, and contract disputes. Nick also successfully defended Florida A&M University in an FLSA collective action, as well as in an appeal to the Florida First District Court of Appeal. In an award voted on by Florida attorneys, Florida Trend magazine named Nick a “2008 Legal Elite Up-And-Comer.” The award was given to only 159 attorneys in the state, and Nick was one of the youngest to receive the honor.
While practicing in Virginia, Nick has both litigated against and represented the Commonwealth in eminent domain and real estate disputes. His expertise in eminent domain law has resulted in him serving on the faculty of the Virginia Eminent Domain Annual Conference where he has spoken on complex title issues and legal ethics. Nick’s litigation practice spans from the Virginia general district courts to the Supreme Court of Virginia, where he has successfully argued on appeal, as well as to federal district courts.
Nick is a “native” of Newport News having moved here as an “Army brat” at age six. Nick attended Menchville High School and graduated from Virginia Tech with Honors. Nick graduated from Florida State University College of Law, where he received recognition in the FSU Dispute Resolution Competition as the “Best Client Counselor.” In 2004, Nick was among a select group of students who engaged in a study in law abroad at St. Edmund Hall at Oxford University in England. While studying at Oxford, Nick received academic accolades including a book award for his mastery of restitution and unjust enrichment. Nick currently lives in Seaford, Virginia. Nick is the Treasurer of the Newport News Bar Association and the Secretary of the Supervisory Committee of 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union.