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Nickolas M. Guttman
Associate

Phone: (248) 851-4111

Fax: (248) 851-0100

As an associate in the firm’s eminent domain, employment, commercial litigation, and business transactions groups, Nick Guttman’s practice runs the gamut, ranging from disagreements and disputes to complex transactions.

Regardless of the setting, he is meticulous in his research, preparation, and execution, delivering results and helping clients to achieve their goals. While earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and General Management at Michigan State University, Nick supplemented his classroom education with internships at Burns & Wilcox, Quicken Loans, and the MSU Department of Human Resources.

These experiences provided real-world insights into litigation, real property, and employment matters, which continue to inform his perspective today. He continued his experiential learning at Wayne State University Law School, where, in addition to his academic prowess and participation on law review and moot court, he clerked for a full-service law firm and interned with the Michigan Court of Appeals and Quicken Loans’ Legal Team.

Nick also served as a research assistant to Professor John Mogk, who was then examining how state revenues were distributed to local governments in Michigan. Nick not only analyzed comprehensive schedules of funds paid to municipalities across the state, but also examined government compliance with constitutional requirements. His work made a tremendous impact, and Nick continued his collaboration with the professor after he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, and began his legal career.

Before joining Zausmer, August & Caldwell, Nick practiced in the commercial transactions and municipal litigation groups of a respected Detroit-area firm, where he gained a reputation for diving deep into the law and facts in difficult cases. Nick is a devoted MSU Spartan, and outside the office he stays active with golf, softball, and flag football.

Education

  • Wayne State University School of Law,
    Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2016
  • Dean’s Scholar
  • Senior Articles Editor, Wayne Law Review
  • Senior Member, Moot Court
  • Research Assistant to Prof. John Mogk
  • Mentor, “Why the D?” Symposium
  • Michigan State University,
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and General Management, 2013
  • Dual degrees from James Madison College and Eli Broad College of Business

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Real Property Law and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Jewish Bar Association of Michigan

Publications

  • “The Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses,” AAA Handbook on Arbitration Practice, American Arbitration Association, 2016 (Contributor)