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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 primarily 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 75 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.
  • Texas  Construction Law - Basic Course, "The Residential Construction  Liability Act - How to Assert and Defend Claims", State Bar of Texas  Construction Law Section seminar, December 14, 2018.

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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