About Nicholas

Nicholas Karkazis is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Litigation group. He is a complex civil litigation attorney with experience in construction, business, energy, real estate, general liability, and employment litigation. He has practiced in state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings, and he has dealt with a wide range of issues including breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud, negligence, business disputes, products liability, wrongful termination, and contractual and equitable indemnity. In addition to his litigation experience, Nicholas has advised clients on contract drafting and negotiation.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Nicholas was an associate/senior counsel at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. During law school, he externed for the Honorable Janis L. Sammartino and the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan, both of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

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  • Assisted in the successful representation of utility client in a fully litigated $130 million claim for breach of a power purchase agreement.
  • Defeated petition for writ of mandate on merits where members of homeowners’ association challenged board of directors’ application of bylaws and governing documents.
  • Enforced contractual limitations of liability on motion for summary adjudication in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of one of the largest roofing contractors in the nation, saving client millions of dollars.
  • Represented plaintiff civil engineer in breach of contract action against municipality.
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Honors & Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Commercial Litigation), 2021–2023
  • Listed in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers, 2022
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Construction Litigation) Northern California Super Lawyers ®, 2021–2022
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