Nicholas C. Bart

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Attorney Profile

Nick Bart is a partner with Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP. He concentrates his practice in the defense of general and commercial aviation matters. Nick has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Nick has obtained successful results at trial and before numerous appellate courts. Nick has litigated a wide variety of cases on issues including complex product liability, wrongful death, premises liability, contract disputes, construction litigation, personal injury, defamation, and civil rights. While at his prior firm, Nick lectured throughout the country as an instructor on such issues as insurance law and the preservation of physical evidence following an accident. 

In conjunction with his aviation practice, Nick has successfully defended the interests of numerous airlines, pilots, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance facilities, fixed base operators, cargo carriers and component part manufacturers. Representative matters include defense of a component manufacturer in the crash of a Mooney M20K near Bradford, PA; defense of an avionics manufacturer in the crash of Cessna T210J in South America; defense of an airline following an emergency landing at Washington-Dulles International Airport; defense of a cargo carrier in the crash of a Boeing 747 in South America; and defense of an avionics manufacturer in the mid-air collision of two aircraft in Europe.

In his commercial litigation and construction practice Nick defends complex contract disputes and professional liability claims.  Representative matters include defense of a former employee in various civil and criminal claims arising from alleged breach of contract theft of trade secrets, and violation of non-compete restrictions; defense of an architect in allegations of theft, negligent design, and mismanagement arising from residential construction project; defense of design professional in claim for alleged negligence in selection of materials for construction of a professional football stadium; and defense of a design professional in claims for alleged negligence in the design of a series of senior living centers.

Nick is a member of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, the Illinois & Wisconsin Bar Associations, and the Chicago Bar Association.

Finally, Nick is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard where he served as a non-commissioned officer in the infantry from 1989-95. (Read more about Nick's's military life here )



  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1998
    Member, Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., Political Science, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin