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Nikolaus Williams


Represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, including complex commercial disputes, securities and shareholder litigation, and antitrust actions.

Nikolaus has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including securities class actions, shareholder disputes, complex commercial disputes, antitrust enforcement actions and commercial arbitrations. He has represented individuals and companies from a range of industries, including finance, life sciences, technology and manufacturing, and he has practiced in a variety of jurisdictions at both the trial and appellate levels.


J.D., New York University School of Law
  • magna cum laude
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
  • with honors


Law Clerk, Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald, U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 2016-2017

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2014

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
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