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Home > Attorney Profiles > Christopher S. Nickson

Christopher S. Nickson - Partner

Born Tucson, Arizona; admitted to bar 1999, New York and U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; 2002, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 2004, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 2014, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (pro hac vice); and 2016, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (pro hac vice).

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Personal Injury and Property Damage Defense; First Amendment; Labor Relations and Employment Law.


New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (B.S., 1994)

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management (M.B.A., with distinction, 1998)

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1998)


  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Labor and Employment Law)
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter

Professional Biography:

An attorney since 1999, Mr. Nickson was previously associated with Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine and Huber, LLP (1998-2002) in the firm's Trial Department and Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mr. Nickson has also previously served as Senior Strategy Consultant with the nationally-recognized, higher education consulting firm, Excelor.  He joined Wilder & Linneball, LLP in June 2002.  

Mr. Nickson is currently on the Board of Directors of Buffalo’s Theatre of Youth, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Shakespeare-in-Delaware Park, Inc. and the Buffalo ProZoo Board.  Mr. Nickson has served as an adjunct faculty member of the UB School of Management (UBSOM) Professional MBA program since 2003, as well as the UBSOM Executive MBA program since 2014.  He has previously taught at the Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business at Trocaire College (2009-2010).  At both UB and Trocaire, Mr. Nickson has lectured extensively in the areas of business law and ethics.

His reported decisions include:  Hartford Ins. Co. of Midwest v. Orange and Rockland Utilities, 103 A.D.3d 846, 960 N.Y.S.2d 167 (2d Dep’t 2013); DeJoy v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., 13 A.D.3d 1108, 786 N.Y.S.2d 873 (4th Dep’t 2004); Whitmore v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., 13 A.D.3d 1109, 786 N.Y.S.2d 762 (4th Dep’t 2004); and Judith M. v. Sisters of Charity Hosp., 93 N.Y.2d 932, 693 N.Y.S.2d 67 (1999).  He was also a Chapter Contributor to How Arbitration Works, Elkouri & Elkouri (6th Ed. 2003 and 6th Ed. Supp. 2008).