James S. Nowak


James S. Nowak
Managing Partner 


Jim is the proud father of two daughters who are active in Nardin Academy and the Amherst Girls’ Softball League. A travel and wine enthusiast, his “last meal” would be, “Steak and a good wine, with my family.” He shares his birthday with his favorite musician, Bruce Springsteen.

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EXPERIENCE

As a managing partner, Mr. Nowak is head of the firm’s Toxic Tort Litigation Practice Group, concentrating on the defense of toxic tort and mass tort claims. Jim has served as national and regional coordinating counsel in both state and federal courts throughout New York from the inception of lawsuits through discovery, trial and appeal, if necessary. His two decades’ worth of toxic tort litigation experience includes asbestos, chemical exposure, welding rod exposure and landfill exposures. His education in both law and electrical engineering make Jim uniquely qualified to handle litigation involving complex technical issues.

 

In the commercial and corporate areas, Jim handles a variety of matters involving contract claims, intellectual property disputes, business formations, acquisitions and mergers. He also represents individual clients and businesses in the areas of strategic planning, succession, risk management and alternative dispute resolution.

 

EDUCATION

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton
  • J.D., University of Dayton School of Law

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • New York State “Super Lawyer,” 2010-2017

 

AFFILIATIONS

  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

 

ADMISSIONS

  • New York State
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office