NP Trial®

Our dedicated trial team provides early input on case strategy keeping clients trial-ready and positioned for a successful outcome throughout the duration of any dispute.

Our approach

Disputes are disruptive and costly. Many are often won or lost before they ever get to the courthouse.

We know what it takes to win at trial. Collectively, we have tried or arbitrated hundreds of cases to a final decision, covering the full spectrum of commercial, civil and criminal matters. We represent clients in one-off as well as aggregated cases involving thousands of plaintiffs.

While many firms employ litigators, few offer experienced and proven trial lawyers.

Starting on day one, we pair our clients with an NP Trial® courtroom lawyer who protects them every step of the way, from early case assessment to verdict. Engaging early on in the process, we take a uniquely holistic approach to each case, uncovering angles and strategic opportunities often missed by those who lack our trial experience.

We approach each case as if it might go to trial, giving clients the best strategy for winning on their terms, whether the case is ultimately resolved at trial, by settlement or through arbitration.

And, Nixon Peabody is one of the few firms with the experience and capability to serve as national trial counsel for clients who require a consistent approach to class action and aggregate litigation matters filed in multiple states.

We work with

  • Public and private companies across all industries
  • Individuals including corporate officers, directors and shareholders

Trial Pros: Nixon Peabody's Joseph Ortego

Law360 | July 25, 2016

New York City partner, co-leader of the commercial litigation practice and chair of NP Trial® Joe Ortego is featured in this Q&A regarding his career and how he prepares for trial.


New York Law Journal | June 02, 2016

This column notes that New York City partner and commercial litigation practice group co-leader Joe Ortego was elected president-elect of the New York chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Trial Pros: Nixon Peabody's Michael Philippi

Law360 | May 31, 2016

Chicago commercial litigation partner Mike Philippi is featured as the latest “Trial Pro” in this Law360 Q&A series.


Joseph J. Ortego

Chief Diversity Officer
Vice-chair, Litigation Department
Chair, NP Trial®
Leader, Aviation

Phone: 212-940-3045

Fredric C. Nelson

Senior Counsel

Phone: 415-984-8376

John P. Buckley


Phone: 312-977-9238

  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranked as National Tier One in Commercial Litigation, Litigation—First Amendment, Litigation—Labor & Employment and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants. Received Tier One Metropolitan Honors in Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Litigation—Banking & Finance, Litigation—Bankruptcy, Litigation—First Amendment, Litigation—Labor & Employment, Litigation—Securities, Litigation—Tax, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation—Defendants in numerous cities throughout the U.S.
  • BTI Litigation Outlook 2013
    • “Most Feared Law Firms”—Honor Roll
    • Strong Performance—IP Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
  • Chambers USA/Global
  • Legal 500
  • Benchmark: Litigation/Appellate
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