Nicholas Boyd

Associate
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Overview

Nick Boyd is a litigation attorney who advises corporations, financial services companies and state agencies throughout the country on complex business and civil litigation matters. Mr. Boyd's practice has a particular emphasis on appeals, complex, high-stakes insurance disputes and construction lawsuits. He is based in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office.

Mr. Boyd has experience assisting clients in a broad variety of industries, including the energy, information technology, healthcare, construction, manufacturing and insurance sectors.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Boyd served as a judicial clerk for Judge R. Lanier Anderson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During law school, Mr. Boyd was an editor and the book reviews chair of the Harvard Law Review.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained interlocutory (mid-case) review and reversal by the Georgia Court of Appeals of a case-dispositive discovery sanction; the trial court's order would have prevented client from contesting its liability in a multimillion-dollar dispute
  • Successfully appealed a $15 million judgment against an engineering, design and manufacturing company before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
  • Successfully defended in the Georgia Court of Appeals a favorable judgment for a metropolitan transit authority in suit that attacked the authority's constitutional validity and revenue-raising powers
  • Successfully defended in the Georgia Court of Appeals a decision denying the plaintiff's attorneys a double recovery of attorney fees under two separate statutes
  • Successfully defended summary judgment in favor of state department of education on a constitutional challenge to major funding legislation and obtained a favorable decision limiting the ability of plaintiffs to bring similar suits against our client in the future

  • Represented a general contractor in arbitration against project owner resulting in a successful recovery of all money owed under contract
  • Forced dismissal of suit against Georgia's largest hospital system that sought to subject the system to asymmetric and anticompetitive disclosure regulation
  • Represented a food manufacturing company in a contractual dispute with an equipment manufacturer; successfully obtained voluntary dismissal of the manufacturer's suit filed in another state, saving client the expense of litigating at distance, and won summary judgment in client's home state
  • Obtained a summary judgment for a state department of education against a constitutional challenge to legislation directing approximately $100 million per year to public charter schools; on appeal, successfully defended summary judgment in our client's favor and also obtained a favorable decision limiting the ability of plaintiffs to bring similar suits against our client in the future
  • Represented an agricultural producer in nationwide antitrust class action litigation involving allegations of price-fixing and supply restrictions
  • Achieved a favorable settlement for an auto insurer facing a third-party bad faith claim for a fraction of the insurer's potential exposure

  • Advised a developer with regard to modifications to a billion-dollar contract with a municipality and a development agency; the parties need to modify their contracts at short notice to address an unforeseen eventuality; advised client of the optimal strategy to preserve its rights to enforce a $600 million revenue stream through litigation
  • Advised an energy holding company regarding its potential multimillion-dollar exposure related to the shutdown of a major public facility; advice supported the client in pursuing a negotiated resolution with other stakeholders

Credentials

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Edinburgh, MSc, Literature
  • University of Nottingham, B.A., English, first class honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • All Superior Courts in Georgia
  • All State Courts in Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Memberships
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Dean's Scholar Prizes (top 1-2 in class), Harvard Law School: Federal Courts, 2016; Taxation, 2015; Administrative Law, 2014; Criminal Law, 2014; Public International Law, 2014; Civil Procedure, 2013
  • School of English Prize (top GPA), University of Nottingham, 2006

Publications