Nicholas Boyd

Associate
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Overview

Nick Boyd is a trial and appellate attorney who represents corporations, financial services companies and state agencies throughout the country in complex and high-stakes civil litigation matters. Mr. Boyd's practice has a particular emphasis on appeals. His practice includes arguing and defending rulings on the merits and collateral issues such as attorney fees and prejudgment interest, and successfully obtaining or opposing interlocutory review of key rulings, including discovery sanctions.

Mr. Boyd has experience assisting clients in a broad variety of industries, including the energy, information technology, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and insurance sectors. Mr. Boyd's wide range of experience includes litigating intellectual property, antitrust, contract, product liability and consumer protection disputes.

In addition, Mr. Boyd litigates high-stakes insurance disputes on behalf of insurers, policyholders and other industry actors, and advises clients on complex coverage and claims questions. His practice includes counseling representations and warranties insurers with regard to high-dollar-value claims against their policies. He is based in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office.

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

  • Successfully defended a summary judgment in favor of state department of education on a constitutional challenge to funding legislation directing approximately $100 million per year to public charter schools and obtained a favorable decision limiting the ability of plaintiffs to bring similar suits against our client in the future
  • Successfully appealed a $15 million judgment against an engineering, design and manufacturing company before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
  • Obtained an interlocutory (mid-case) review and reversal by the Georgia Court of Appeals of a case-dispositive discovery sanction that would have prevented the client from contesting its liability in a multimillion-dollar dispute; our intervention led to a favorable settlement
  • Obtained an appellate ruling reversing the trial court and rejecting the premises liability claim as a matter of law because, as the Court of Appeals concluded, there was no evidence of foreseeable criminal conduct.
  • Obtained a reversal of both grant of summary judgment to insurer and denial of summary judgment to general contractor in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in a coverage dispute arising from the subcontractor's improper installation of a parking lot
  • Successfully defended in the Georgia Court of Appeals, a favorable judgment for a metropolitan transit authority in a 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 worth more than $1 million under two separate statutes
  • Obtained dismissal of defendant's appeal from favorable judgment for our client in a quiet title action

  • 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
  • Represented an agricultural producer in a nationwide antitrust class action litigation involving allegations of price-fixing and supply restrictions
  • Forced dismissal of suit against Georgia's largest hospital system that sought to subject the system to asymmetric and anticompetitive disclosure regulation
  • Represented a general contractor in arbitration against a project owner resulting in a successful multimillion-dollar recovery of all money owed under contract
  • Defended a national nonprofit organization against a retailer's defamation claims arising from the organization's investigation
  • Successfully achieved dismissal of restauranteurs' claims that they were entitled to coverage for losses resulting from temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, under their commercial general liability policies
  • Won a summary judgment for a food products company in a contractual dispute with an equipment manufacturer after forcing voluntary dismissal of the manufacturer's suit filed in another state, saving the client the expense of litigating at a distance
  • Achieved a favorable settlement for an employer that brought fraud claims against a former employee arising from the employee's nonperformance of work duties during the pandemic and the employee's acceptance of multiple incompatible positions with other firms
  • Represented a utility provider in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuit resulting in a favorable settlement
  • 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
  • Advised a public authority regarding potential impact of legislative proposals on status of bonds worth more than $1 billion
  • Successfully represented a national client in redeeming commercial real estate that had been subject to forfeiture under Georgia law while minimizing cost and risk of further loss
  • Advised an insurer on complex coverage and jurisdictional issues arising out of an incident on cruise ship

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