Nicholas Paine is Of Counsel with our firm and specializes in maritime litigation, particularly personal injury defense under U.S. maritime law.

Nicholas has handled personal injury litigation for his clients in both state and federal courts, as well as appeals related to those cases and claims. He has also worked on maritime litigation involving vessel collisions, bunker disputes, demurrage claims, contractual disputes, and limitation of liability.

He has also negotiated and drafted charter parties and other maritime services agreements in his former role as in-house counsel for a vessel operator in Houston, Texas.  In addition to his transactional duties, he handled maritime and environmental regulatory issues, consulted on maritime insurance issues, and supervised the company’s litigation matters.

Nicholas has given several continuing legal education presentations for the Inns of Court in the U.S., including on issues involving U.S. maritime and admiralty law.  Since moving to New York, he has been involved with local maritime-related organizations focused on revitalizing the New York waterfront. Nicholas graduated with a Juris Doctor (with cum laude) from Roger Williams University in 2012.

Nicholas works in English (native).

Highlights of Nicholas’s work include:

  • Negotiated and drafted multi-million-dollar offshore services contract on behalf of vessel-owner client.

  • Obtained dismissals based on U.S. maritime law defenses resulting in reduction of client’s damages from multimillion-dollar jury verdict to less than $300,000.00 in a lawsuit by former Jones Act employee and family.

  • Obtained dismissal of employee’s workers’ compensation claim for Longshore Act employer client at trial level, resulting in settlement for amounts previously paid following appeal of court’s dismissal.

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Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (since 2020)
  • Sole Practitioner, Texas/New York, U.S. (2019-2020)
  • Corporate Counsel, Signet Maritime Corporation, Houston/USA (2019)
  • Associate Attorney, Schouest Bamdas Soshea and BenMaier, Houston/USA (2016-2019)
  • Associate Attorney, Fitzhugh & Elliott, Houston/USA (2014-2019)


  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), Roger Williams University School of Law, Rhode Island/USA (2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York/USA (2005)
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  • Welcome Nicholas Paine!

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    We are delighted that Nicholas Paine has joined the firm as Of Counsel! Nick is a Texas and New York qualified attorney.