Nicholas P. Zalany focuses his practice on business litigation matters, with experience in contract, intellectual property, bankruptcy, labor and employment and insurance coverage litigation.

    Prior to joining the firm, Nick worked in both the private and public sectors, including as an associate in the Columbus office of a national boutique litigation firm and as a staff attorney for two Ohio state court judges. Before becoming a lawyer, Nick worked overseas as a law clerk at a Paris law firm and as an intern at the US Consulate in Budapest, and he has leveraged this experience and his foreign language skills for the benefit of various firm clients.

    Nick has an active pro bono practice and has successfully represented tenants in eviction proceedings and low-income individuals facing consumer debt lawsuits. Also, he attends brief advice clinics and has assisted numerous elderly people in executing wills and advance directives through the Wills Clinic. Nick is the author of “The European Union Constitution and its Effects on Federalism in the EU,” published in the Ohio State Law Journal in 2005.

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    • Defended a state agency in an adversary proceeding seeking complete disallowance of client’s proof of claim. Proactive defense of suit led to settlement agreement dismissing adversary proceeding and allowing claim.
    • Part of cross-border team that successfully represented a European government in a matter before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
    • Defended a national healthcare provider against claims of breach of fiduciary duty. Following a week long jury trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.
    • Represented a major financial institution in lawsuit seeking recovery on guaranty agreements. Secured US$1.7 million verdict after bench trial.
    • Defended a national retailer of personal mobility products in trademark infringement action. Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing claim.
    • Defended a large auto loan provider in a lawsuit by Ohio Attorney General seeking civil penalties. Integrally involved in writing both the jurisdictional brief leading to Ohio Supreme Court jurisdiction over a unique question of Ohio law and the merit brief resulting in the Court ruling in client’s favor.


    • New York University, LL.M., Trade Regulation, 2006
    • The Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, 2005
    • Case Western Reserve University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2002


    • Ohio, 2006


    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio


    • English
    • Hungarian
    • French
    • German

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