Law Office of Nicholas Bressi


EDUCATION:
B.A. cum laude in Public Justice, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas (1986)
J.D. South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (1989)

 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Lawyer: Law Office of Nicholas Bressi (October 15, 2014 to present)
Partner: Hohmann, Taube & Summers, L.L.P. (March 1, 2005 to Oct. 15, 2014)
Of Counsel: Hohmann, Taube & Summers, L.L.P. (December 1, 2002 to March 1, 2005)
Partner: Bressi & Wenholz, L.L.P. (March 1, 2001 - October 31,2002)
Lawyer: Law Office of Nicholas Bressi (March 1, 1995 - March 1, 2001)
Associate: Hohmann & Taube (February 1, 1992 to February 28, 1995)
Associate: Norton & Blair (1990-1992)


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
State Bar of Texas, admitted to practice 1990

Board Certified in Construction Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association, Construction section member
Austin Bar Association, Adoption Committee member
State Bar of Texas, Committee on Pattern Jury Charges - Insurance (2008 to present)
Former Lobbyist on various consumer and insurance issues
Recipient of 2010 Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award
American Bar Association: Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice/Litigation Section member
Federal Bar Association member
Houston Bar Association, CPA Relations Committee (1991-1993)
Houston Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee (1991-1992)
Supreme Court of Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (1993-1998)
State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law Section, Insurance Litigation Committee (2000-2002)
State Bar of Texas, Consumer Law Section, Council member (2001-2003)



 
 AREAS OF PRACTICE:

            Nick’s practice focuses on the construction industry by providing representation to owners, general contractors, subcontractors, plumbers, engineers, electricians and other tradesmen as well as design professionals and various material suppliers.  Extensive experience includes all components of construction related litigation, lien perfection, construction defect defense and litigation as well as disputes involving payment and completion of construction projects.  Nick also has a wide range of experience relating to construction and real estate related disputes representing property owners, developers, landlords, tenants and management companies.  Nick also has extensive experience in water damage and mold related claims.

 Another major component of Nick’s practice includes a wide range of insurance related litigation and insurance coverage representation for both insurance companies as well as insureds.  Representation of insureds in first party insurance coverage disputes is also an extensive part of his practice.  Experience also includes defending insurance companies in first party coverage cases, providing coverage opinions to insurance companies, defending insureds on a wide range of third party claims as well as subrogation actions for insurers.

 The final component of Nick’s practice includes general and complex commercial litigation as well as a wide variety of business related litigation.  Nick has extensive court room and trial experience and has acted as lead counsel in excess of 60 jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations.

 
SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Foundation of Bad Faith: Litigating the Homeowner’s Policy, 9th Annual Ultimate Insurance Seminar, March 30-31, 2000, Dallas, Texas.

Sick Building Syndrome & Mold, BioSafety Institute (seminar series), August 22, 2000 (Houston); August 24, 2000 (San Antonio); August 29, 2000 (Dallas); December 7, 2000 (Austin).

 Mold, Mildew and Sick Building Issues, State Bar of Texas, September 8, 2000;
October 20, 2000; February 17, 2001; June 29, 2001; September 14, 2001.

Insurance Law Seminar, "Mold and Sick Building Litigation", University of Houston Law Foundation, May 18, 2001 (Houston), June 1, 2001 (Dallas).

6th Annual Insurance Law Institute, “Mold, Mildew and Millions”, University of Texas School of Law Conference, September 5 - 7, 2001, Austin, Texas.

 Co-chair for Mealey’s Texas Mold Litigation Conference, October 1-2, 2001, Houston, Texas.

Trying the Black Mold Case, State Bar of Texas, January 17-18, 2002, Austin, Texas.

 Mold and Sick Building Litigation, Fundamentals and Insurance Coverage Analysis, Travis County Bar Association - Construction Law Section meeting, January 17, 2002.

Toxic Torts on Campus, University of Texas School of Law 17th Annual School Law Conference, February 28 - March 1, 2002, Austin, Texas.

 Advanced Insurance Seminar, Mold Litigation under Homeowners and Commercial Insurance Policies, University of Houston Law Foundation, February 28 - March 1, 2002- Houston, Texas; March 7 - 8, 2002- Dallas, Texas.

Trying the Black Mold Case, State Bar of Texas, April 25-26, 2002, Houston, Texas.

The Business of Mold, Harris Martin’s Mold Litigation - Beyond the Basics, October
10-11, 2002, San Antonio, Texas.

Co-Chair for Mealey’s Texas Mold Litigation Conference, December 2-3, 2002, Dallas, Texas.

Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in Texas, June 5, 2003, Austin, Texas, sponsored by Lorman Education Services.

Experts and Ethics, April 14-16, 2005, San Antonio, Texas, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance
Practice Section.

Trying a Mold Case from the Paralegal’s Perspective, September 23, 2005, Austin, Texas; State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar.

The Simplification of Complex Litigation Discovery, March 26, 2008, Capital Area Paralegal Association Seminar, Austin, Texas.

Recent Developments in Construction Litigation, November 18, 2008, Capital Area
Paralegal Association Seminar, Austin, Texas.

 
PUBLICATIONS:
Fundamentals of Investigation and Presentation of Mold Claims and Insurance Coverage Analysis, State Bar of Texas, Professional Development publications, 2001.

Mold Issues: Homeowners and Commercial Coverage Issues, Claims and Defenses, 2002.

Toxic in Texas, The Current Status of Mold Claims in Texas, Columns magazine, Harris Martin Publishing, April and May 2002 article series.

 

INSURANCE COMPANIES:
            The following insurance companies have either retained Nick’s services or agreed to provide payment for his representation of their insureds:

Commonwealth Insurance Company
Northbridge Insurance Company
AIG – Lexington Insurance Company
Allstate Lloyds Insurance Company
Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company
Allied World Assurance Company
Darwin Select Insurance Company
Crum & Forester
Coregis
Chartis
Lloyds of London Syndicates
Sedgwick
State Auto
XL Catlin
National General Insurance Company
Markel
Bissex
IAT
Stillwater Insurance Company
Tristar Group



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