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Nicholas P. Smith


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Nicholas is a Partner and Mediator at Buckley Beal with a 15-year track record of diverse legal and business management, operations and financial management experience. He is passionate about solving problems and is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He helps individuals and business owners navigate a variety of disputes by gathering facts, identifying issues and claims, and developing and executing strategies for cost effective resolutions through negotiation or litigation. His skills in strategy, analysis, and communication help him in both litigation and his mediation practice.

Nicholas’s clients have ranged from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. He has represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in a variety of matters, including:

  • Minority Shareholder Oppression and Squeeze Outs
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Breach of Contract
  • Employment Matters
  • Construction Defects
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Defects
  • Personal Injury

Nicholas’s passion for problem solving led him to major in mathematics as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, where he earned his BS, and later led him to law school at Georgia State University, where he received his JD, cum laude. In law school, Nicholas was a member of the Georgia State University Law Review and also served as an Associate Student Writing Editor. In between college and law school, Nicholas worked as a junior executive for a west-coast department store and then worked for a small residential construction company in Atlanta. Shortly after law school, Nicholas served as Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Outside of work, Nicholas is involved in his community and is passionate about local food resources and the environment. He is an officer of the Pangborn Valley Civic Association. He is also a member and past President of his local garden club, which is part of The Garden Club of Georgia. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his pets (all rescues), and he is helping with the keeping of a beehive.