Nicholas James Purvis

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Nick Purvis is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight’s West Palm Beach office. Mr. Purvis focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation with a particular emphasis in assisting clients detect and prosecute fraud as well as assisting in the recovery efforts for clients who have been defrauded.

Mr. Purvis' practice has an emphasis on large-scale healthcare and insurance fraud investigations and litigation. Mr. Purvis works directly with insurance carriers and other businesses to analyze data, patterns and practices to detect unlawful activity, conducts pre-lawsuit fact investigation and develops theories of recovery resulting from that unlawful or fraudulent activity. Mr. Purvis is well versed in litigating claims arising under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Florida's patients brokering and anti-kickback statutes, fraudulent transfers statutes and other statutory and common-law means of recovery. Through his innovative work in these areas, Mr. Purvis has notably contributed to the development of a body of law enabling clients to more easily combat systemic fraud.

Mr. Purvis' practice also encompasses complex litigation in a variety of other areas, including defamation and related business torts, professional malpractice, multifaceted partnership disputes, and claims made pursuant to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA). He also has significant experience representing employers in workplace-related disputes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), discrimination and retaliatory discharge matters, and non-competition covenant disputes.

Mr. Purvis' representative matters include:

Healthcare Fraud

  • Obtained summary judgment in excess of $1.5 million on behalf of an insurance carrier in federal court against a healthcare facility and its former medical directors for violations of the Health Care Clinic Act and fraudulent insurance acts as defined in §817.234, Florida Statutes
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all claims against a health insurer in a matter raising numerous causes of action and significant damages
  • Obtained a seven-figure settlement in an action brought against a two healthcare providers and its medical director in a case alleging unlawful treatment and unlawful supervision resulting in more than $3.5 million in unlawful payments

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • Represented multiple individual plaintiffs on a pro bono basis against a condominium association and its board of directors and obtained a preliminary injunction and successful appointment of a receiver that ousted the board of directors based on allegations of fraud, self-dealing and waste

Lease Disputes

  • Obtained a verdict awarding 100 percent of damages alleged and all attorneys' fees and costs in a multiyear litigation against a landlord based on a breach of a lease and Florida Statutes


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Florida, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida