Nick Bart is a partner with Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP where he manages the Chicago office. He concentrates his practice in the defense of general and commercial aviation matters. Nick has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States and internationally and has obtained successful results at trial and before numerous appellate courts. Nick has litigated a wide variety of cases on issues including complex product liability, wrongful death, premises liability, contract disputes, construction, personal injury, defamation, employment and civil rights. He also represents clients in enforcement actions, labor negotiations and disputes and general corporate matters. While at a prior firm Nick lectured throughout the country on such issues as insurance law and the preservation of physical evidence following an accident.
In conjunction with his aviation practice, Nick has successfully defended the interests of numerous passenger airlines, pilots, aircraft manufacturers, component part manufacturers, maintenance facilities, fixed base operators, cargo carriers, airport owners and operators and flight schools. Representative matters while at his prior firm have included the defense of an aircraft maintenance facility in claims alleging negligent maintenance practices resulted in an on-board fire; defense of a charter operator in a wrongful death claim arising from the off-duty activities of the flight crew; defense of an airport property manager in claim brought on behalf of child who suffered partial foot amputation on escalator in airport terminal; defense of a cargo carrier in the crash of a Boeing 747 in South America; the defense of an air race organizer for multiple deaths and injuries arising from the crash of a modified North American P51 “Mustang” during the National Championship Air Races; defense of an avionics manufacturer in the crash of a Cessna T210J conducting counter-narcotics flights in South America; defense of numerous agricultural applicators in overspray and drift claims; defense of an avionics manufacturer in mid-air collision over Europe and the defense of an airline in claims arising from an uncontained engine failure.
In his commercial litigation practice Nick defends complex contract disputes and professional liability claims. Nick has worked on such matters as the defense of a former employee in various civil and criminal claims arising from claims of breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and violation of non-compete restrictions, and defense of a design professional in claim for alleged negligence in the selection of materials for the construction of an NFL stadium.
Nick has received a peer review rating of AV Preeminent on Martindale Hubbell from 2014-2019, he has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2019 in the area of Aviation & Aerospace. In addition to the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Nick is a member of Illinois & Wisconsin Bar Associations and the Chicago Bar Association.
Nick is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in Illinois and Wisconsin, the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Nick is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard where he served as a non-commissioned officer in the infantry from 1989-1995.