Nicholas A. Duston Assumes Leadership Role in Somerset County Business Partnership
Posted on January 24th, 2022
Nicholas A. Duston, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP).
Jim Laskey, a Member of the firm, former SCBP President, and longtime Executive Committee member, said, “I am confident that Nick has the skills and passion for the community needed to make an effective contribution to this group of outstanding business leaders. It is great to see more of our attorneys joining SCBP and helping the community.”
Duston said, “I am honored. I look forward to working with the Board and assisting the business community in my home county.”
About the Somerset County Business Partnership
The SCBP is the premier business organization in Central New Jersey, linking leaders in business, private sectors, nonprofit entities, educational institutions, and government. A member-driven organization, this enhanced Chamber of Commerce serves as a voice for the many vital interests in Somerset County. Operating on the principles of leadership, opportunity, and results, the SCBP addresses issues involving economic and community development, small business, the workforce, tourism and cultural arts, public affairs, and the networking and educational needs of its members. Its diverse composition of investors and members allows it to integrate the agendas of all organizations working toward similar economic, educational, and quality-of-life goals now and in the future.
About Nick Duston
Nicholas A. Duston focuses on complex commercial litigation in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as arbitrations with the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other arbitration organizations. His practice primarily involves disputes among business owners, their managers, and their employees. These can include shareholders, members, partners, officers, managers, employees, and other agents of corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and other types of business entities. Nick has extensive experience litigating fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty, and he regularly handles cases with related issues such as employee theft of trade secrets, diversion of corporate opportunities, or breaches of restrictive covenants or non-compete obligations. He is adept at untangling complex fact patterns such as those arising from complicated financial instruments, complex multi-entity business structures, or large amounts of electronically stored information (ESI).
Nick’s practice includes white-collar criminal matters, such as conducting internal investigations or defending companies and individuals during internal or government investigations into alleged securities fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes. He has handled many matters at the intersection of white-collar and civil litigation, successfully litigating Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act claims as both defense counsel and plaintiff’s counsel. He regularly handles issues relating to government seizure of property, particularly on behalf of secured lenders, including defense against civil and criminal asset forfeiture; as well as civil rights litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, when the government seizes property without due process or in violation of other constitutionally-protected rights. He skillfully preserves lienholders’ rights and secures possession of collateral in various civil contexts.
Above all, Nick recognizes that when a client seeks his help, it is because something has gone wrong, often in a complicated and completely unforeseen way. That client needs not only an experienced litigator who can “win,” but also an attorney who understands their goals and can provide expert guidance. Every dispute has a spectrum of solutions, from an efficient and pragmatic deal to an all-out, knock-down fight through trial and beyond, and everything in between. Some clients focus exclusively on monetary cost and gain; others seek to avoid repeat litigation, want to make an impact on the law, or have reputational or other broad, non-monetary agendas. Nick handles each dispute as the situation warrants, while remaining laser-focused on his client’s goals (which are almost always more nuanced than “win” or “settle”) to help the client make informed decisions about each possible path to resolution.