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Nicholas M. Kouletsis

Nicholas M. Kouletsis is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Princeton office. His practice encompasses toxic tort and environmental matters, as well as commercial and product liability litigation.

The following is a partial list of representative engagements in which Mr. Kouletsis has been involved. He has represented:

  • a glass manufacturer in defense of a federal class action by adjacent property owners seeking to recover response costs and property damages, including diminution of value, resulting from alleged contamination by arsenic used in manufacturing operations over a 70-year period. Mr. Kouletsis was lead trial counsel. Jury ruled in favor of client on all counts after four-week trial.
  • a tire manufacturer in defense of several related cost recovery actions, and several mass tort actions brought by individuals residing in the vicinity of the client’s facility. Mr. Kouletsis was lead trial counsel for the first cost recovery action, which resulted in a zero allocated share of liability for the client. The remaining litigation was thereafter settled on very favorable terms.
  • a manufacturing plant owner in an action by an adjoining property owner seeking to recover costs and property damages including diminution of value resulting from alleged contamination by heavy fuel oil used at the plant. Mr. Kouletsis was lead trial counsel. Jury ruled in favor of client on all counts.
  • variety of “generators” of waste materials in cost recovery actions, involving manufacturing sites, landfills and illegal dump sites product manufacturers (including pharmaceutical, keyboard and medical device manufacturers) in product liability actions
  • buyers or sellers of businesses or business assets in litigation over alleged breaches of representations or warranties in purchase agreement, or indemnity for environmental claims related to the business
  • suppliers of chemicals, solvents and inks in several workplace exposure suits involving serious injury, including death.

Mr. Kouletsis received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1978. He graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1981, following a judicial externship with the Honorable James Hunter, III, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern and Central Districts of California, the Northern District of Illinois and the District of South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth and Ninth Circuits. His practice encompasses federal, state and administrative matters.



Education
A.B. 1978 Stanford University
J.D. 1981 University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

Clerkships
1980 Judicial Extern, Hon. James Hunter, III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California


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