Nick Kahlon’s approach to litigation is straightforward: out-think and out-prepare the other side. His ease in court is grounded in the knowledge that he has thought through and planned for every detail, and his ease with clients comes from a deep understanding of their business needs.
Nick’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class actions, patent cases, and other significant business disputes. He has represented some of the largest companies in the world, including leading technology and financial companies, and won cases ranging from the millions to billions of dollars in damages.
As a first-generation Indian American, Nick is passionate about pro bono and community service. He does pro bono work for the Sikh Coalition and other Indian rights organizations, and he is a founding member of the Sikh Bar Association. He also works pro bono with the ACLU on civil rights cases, and is currently representing the city of Chicago in litigation involving the government’s travel ban and sanctuary city policies.
- Won summary judgment on defendant’s $850 million counterclaim on the eve of trial in high-profile case involving GMO contamination of rice, leading to favorable settlement for client.
- Won sweeping award in a multiyear arbitration granting his clients exclusive control over a closely held company, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for fraud and millions of dollars in damages for breach of contract.
- Represented manufacturer of automotive equipment in class action litigation brought by former franchised distributors. Persuaded the court to compel arbitration, then successfully argued motions before arbitrators to deny class relief, and then in the only individual arbitration to go to hearing, he obtained an award in favor of the client plus attorney’s fees.
- Won dismissal of multiple patent infringement lawsuits brought against healthcare IT companies by non-practicing entities, on non-patentable subject matter grounds.
- Obtained default judgment as discovery sanction in lawsuit for misappropriation of trade secrets, resulting in favorable settlement soon thereafter.
- Defeated securities fraud class action lawsuit by persuading court to deny class certification and strike the plaintiff's damages expert.
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2000, Articles Editor, Texas International Law Journal
University of Delaware, B.S., Economics, 1997, Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Sikh Bar Association
Indian-American Bar Association
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
Pro Bono Counsel
Honors & Awards
Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, Law Bulletin Media Illinois Leading Lawyers (2017)
Emerging Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers (2015)
Illinois Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters' Illinois Super Lawyers (2009, 2012-2015)