Over the course of Nicholas Heldt’s active trial career, he has tried or arbitrated more than 100 cases in areas of law including labor and employment, construction injuries and contract disputes, toxic chemical exposures, and particularly intentional torts.
Within the intentional tort area, Nicholas has handled civil cases arising out of murder, arson, wiretapping and sexual assault, among others. He has tried civil cases alleging kidnapping, assault, child molestation, defamation, fraud, as well as other intentional torts and statutory offenses.
Nicholas has also handled many employment-related claims alleging discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, marital status, pregnancy, religion and disability, as well as claims involving sexual harassment, wrongful termination, refusal to pay benefits, defamation and invasion of privacy.
Nicholas represents daycare centers, schools, youth and religious organizations in civil litigation arising from personal injuries, contract disputes, employment disputes, licensing disputes and claims of physical and sexual mistreatment. He also represents religious organizations and youth groups in sexual molestation cases.
- J.D. (1978) University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- B.A. (1975) University of Santa Clara
- Best Lawyers ― Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions — Defendants, 2011, 2017
Past Memberships and Affiliations
- Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE) ― conducts workshops concerning liability exposures for PACE members; former keynote speaker at PACE’s annual conference
- Hastings College of Trial Advocacy ― faculty (10 years)
- Association of Defense Counsel and the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) ― instructor, advocacy skills