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Nicholas B. Gorga

Partner
Vice Chair, Litigation Department
Leader, Private Equity Litigation Practice Group

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude
Princeton University, A.B.
  • English
  • with honors

Prior Employment

  • Latham & Watkins, LLP, Chicago, IL, Litigation Associate, 2002-2008
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest, PILI Fellowship, 2002

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Litigation Section

American Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

  • OCBA American Inns of Court

Federal Bar Association

Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Nicholas Gorga is a litigation attorney who concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation matters related to securities litigation, private equity litigation, government investigations, and class action defense.

  • Represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, venture capital firms, and their directors and officers in state and federal courts and arbitration across the nation in class action shareholder litigation, derivative litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and corporate internal investigations, with a particular focus in litigation and dispute resolution arising out of the purchase or sale of a company’s assets or stock and other liquidity events
  • Represents companies and their directors and officers in matters connected to internal investigations and government investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, particularly those relating to financial and accounting issues
  • Serves as the vice-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and as leader of the firm’s Private Equity Litigation Practice Group. Formerly served as the firm’s Hiring Partner and head of its Pro Bono Committee.

Experience

Private Equity Litigation
  • Currently representing private equity company in federal court in Oregon in multi-million dollar dispute with stockholders of company.
  • Won summary disposition and then favorable settlement for private equity client in Michigan state court in connection with dispute with former top-level executives and stockholders in breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract case.
  • Negotiated extremely favorable settlement for private equity client in Michigan state court in connection with a dispute by former owner and CEO in connection with fraudulent representations and warranties in a purchase agreement for the sale of his company.
  • Obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar complaint in Michigan state court by stockholders in an oil and gas company alleging breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.
  • Obtained dismissal in federal court in Texas of putative shareholder class action for securities fraud against private equity firm and its principals over sale of company
  • Received dismissal in federal court in Texas of RICO, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and gross negligence claims in lawsuit against private equity firm and its principals arising out of sale of membership interest in company
  • Defeated summary judgment motion in state court in Michigan on behalf of private equity firm in connection with purchase of company and negotiated seven-figure settlement payment from seller
  • Obtained favorable settlements from buyer of interests in company in litigation in state court in Michigan against private equity firm and its principals
Securities Litigation
  • Currently representing acquirer of publicly-traded technology company in a series of securities class action lawsuits in both Michigan state and federal court alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Currently representing multi-level marketing company in a series of putative class action lawsuits in Michigan federal court alleging securities fraud and RICO claims.
  • Currently representing publicly-traded pharmaceutical company in a series of putative class action lawsuits in Michigan federal court by stockholders alleging securities fraud.
  • Obtained dismissal of members of company’s special committee of its board of directors in lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court asserting breach of fiduciary duty in connection with a public company merger and acquisition.
  • Granted summary judgment in Michigan state court on behalf of publicly traded energy company in dispute with putative shareholder over alleged fraud in connection with sale of stock
Class Action
  • Currently representing flooring manufacturer in federal court in Alabama in putative environmental class action arising out of the alleged discharge of hazardous material.
  • Defeated class certification in federal court in Ohio on behalf of company in a putative environmental class action arising out of the alleged discharge of hazardous material.
  • Granted dismissal in Michigan federal court of putative class action against law firm in the mortgage foreclosure industry for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Received dismissal in Michigan federal court of putative class action against title company and individual officers of that company for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Granted dismissal in Michigan federal court of putative class action complaint alleging fraud against "big three" automaker and specialty vehicle company
  • Obtained dismissal in Michigan federal court of complaint for RICO violations and violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against client in the mortgage foreclosure industry

Community

Hatch Detroit (www.hatchdetroit.com)

  • Co-founder
  • Board of Directors, Chairman, 2011-present

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

  • Board of Directors 2017-present

Kiva Detroit

  • Board Member, 2011-2017

Detroit Historical Society

  • Board of Trustees, 2011-2016

Detroit Country Day School

  • Alumni Council, 2009-2016

Princeton University, Alumni Giving for Michigan

  • Regional Chair, 2008-2015

Princeton Clubs of Michigan and Chicago

  • Leadership roles, 2004-present

Princeton in Chicago Schools

  • Chair, 2007-2008

News & Resources

News

Seminars & Events

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2018
    • Recognized in practice area of Commercial Litigation
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, 2014 Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation
  • "Brooks' Elite 40 Under 40," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, 2013
  • Crain's Detroit Business, recognized as one of Crain's "40 under 40" Metropolitan Detroit business leaders under the age of 40, 2011
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009-2016
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2009-2012