Carolyn G. Nussbaum - Nixon Peabody LLP

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Carolyn Nussbaum is a partner in the Commercial Litigation group, and a member of the Securities and Governance Litigation team as well as the Class Action team. Carolyn represents companies and their management and leaders who confront business disputes. She is also the Managing Partner for the Rochester office of the firm, where she oversees policies impacting nearly 300 employees.

What do you focus on?

I concentrate my commercial litigation practice in four main specialized areas, using more than 30 years of experience in the courtroom to represent clients in securities and governance, trade secret, financial and complex contract disputes.

Securities and Governance Litigation

I counsel officers, directors and their companies confronting a threat of a securities or governance claim, with the goal of minimizing the risk of litigation and business disruption and helping them achieve their objectives. When litigation is unavoidable, I defend and advocate on behalf of my clients, bringing my extensive experience in this highly specialized area of the law to bear for the best practical and efficient resolution. I have a record of achieving dismissal of lawsuits on preliminary motions challenging transformative transactions.

Financial Institutions Representation

I represent local, regional and national financial institutions in the defense of claims by borrowers, consumers, and others, including consumer class actions, fraudulent transfers, and the investigation and defense of claims from suspected fraud by customers, counter-parties and employees. My experience includes defending Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims, claims regarding disclosures at ATMs and claims arising out of customer misconduct.

Trade Secrets

One of the most important investments a business must make is in the protection of its intellectual property. When my client’s investment is threatened, whether by employees or competitors, I act quickly and aggressively to stop the damage, to seek redress and to achieve business objectives.

Business Litigation

I work with clients to explore strategies to prompt expedient efficient results to business disputes. Recently, I represented a global information and document management company faced with arbitration claims by nearly 100 members of its distribution chain, seeking in excess of $100 million in damages. Using creative case management techniques and rapidly evolving law from the United States Supreme Court, we assisted the client in reaching a business resolution that avoided the distraction and expense of continued litigation.

Smith CollegeBA George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.

Office Location

1300 Clinton Square
Rochester, NY 14604-1792
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Rochester-NY Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Rochester-NY Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Securities of the Rochester-NY Metro Area
Carolyn G. Nussbaum has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Carolyn G. Nussbaum has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Carolyn G. Nussbaum has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Contract Disputes, Corporate Governance, Securities, Stockholders' Suits)
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation - Securities