Curriculum Vitae - Nicholas M. Nighswander


Chase College of Law - Northern Kentucky University
1979 to 1983 Graduated from the evening division with a Juris Doctor Degree in May, 1983. School financed through regional scholarship. Received book award for federal estate and gift tax class.

Graduate School Morehead State University
1975 to 1976 Graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in May, 1976

Morehead State University - Morehead, Kentucky
1970 to 1974 Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May, 1974. Majored in Health and Physical Education and minored in Recreation. Member of Theta Chi Kappa local fraternity. Lettered in football and wrestling. Member of all conference team in football, junior and senior years. Most valuable player in football, senior year. School financed through athletic scholarship and summer jobs. Walked on and earned a scholarship freshman year.

Job Experience:

General practice of law - Florence, Kentucky
Sole practitioner. Engaged in the private practice of law since 1985. Active practice in the areas of bankruptcy, domestic relations, and civil litigation. Former part-time public defender in the former Kenton, Gallatin, and Boone county system. Past criminal justice acting attorney for criminal defendants in the southern district of Ohio and the eastern district of Kentucky federal courts. Licensed to practice in the state courts of Ohio and Kentucky. Licensed to practice in federal courts for the Eastern District of Kentucky, southern district of Ohio and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Justice Association and a Master of the Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court.

Kenton County, Kentucky Board of Education
1978 to 1985. Assistant football coach and teacher. Taught classes of health, physical education and driver education. Coached varsity and freshmen football teams.

Lawrence County, Kentucky Board of Education
1976 to 1978. Head football coach and teacher. Taught classes of health and physical education. Responsible for the organization and administration of the high school football program.

Morehead State University - Morehead, Kentucky
1975 to 1976. Graduate Assistant in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department. Responsible for the Freshmen personal health grades and teaching classes at the laboratory school on campus.

Buffalo Bills, Inc. - Orchard Park, New York
1974 to 1974. Member of the Buffalo Bills professional football team. Lost in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Other legal qualifications:

Two cases which I have co-counseled have resulted in precedent setting decisions to be used and followed by the courts of Kentucky: City of Covington v. Raymond & Hilda Hardback, KY. App., 883 s.w.2d 499 (1994), and Kenton County Public Parks Corporation v. Mark A. Modlin, KY. App., 901 s.w.2d 876 (1995).

In Ohio, I was counsel on the first appellant district case of Moellman v. Niehaus, case no. 1999 wl 49370, cited and explained as authority by the Ohio Supreme Court in Modzelewski v. Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., 102 Ohio st.3d 192, 808 n.e.2d 381 (2004).

I have also co-authored articles for the legal publications of Trial Magazine and The Advocate and served on local arbitration panels to help parties and their counsel reach a decision in personal injury cases. I have tried civil and criminal cases to juries in both state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio along with numerous bench trials in these venues.

I have also participated in countless motion hearings in state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio and conducted countless depositions of expert and fact witnesses for purposes of discovery, case evaluation and trial preparation from Michigan to Florida and Massachusetts to California.

KBA # 51828 Ohio Registration no. 0020772