- Title: Counsel, Co-Chair of Energy Practice Group
- Company: Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Nick has over 25 years of experience as an energy executive and lawyer. He currently serves as the co-chair of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC's Energy & Environmental Practice Group. He began his legal career in Chicago, where he worked for the Am Law 200 firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson. He then served as Regional Counsel for American Electric Power before starting his own boutique law firm in Charleston, WV focusing on energy litigation. For over a decade he served as a managing member and general counsel for multiple energy companies, including CNP Properties, LLC, Met Resources, LLC and Onyx Energy, LLC.
Nick currently serves as Vice-Chair of the West Virginia Public Energy Authority, is on the Board of Trustees for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and is the World Services Group Energy Leader for North America. He is a member of the Forbes Business Council, the American Bar Association's Environment, Energy & Resource Committee, and editor for the American Bar Association's Environment & Energy Litigation Section. He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. He has been nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Energy Law and Natural Resources and has been recognized as one of America's leading lawyers for Energy Law by Chambers, USA.
Nick obtained his Master of Science Degree in Energy Policy and Climate in 2021 from the Johns Hopkins University summa cum laude. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Loyola University School of Law - Chicago in 1997 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1994.