Nick Horton, a Managing Associate in the Sacramento office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.

Nick practices complex commercial litigation including breach of contract, fraud, and unfair competition law cases in both federal and state courts.  Nick's experience also includes False Claims Act matters, collective actions brought under the Fair Labor and Standards Act, and regulatory investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Before attending law school, Nick served seven years active duty as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. Nick continues to serve as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves.


    • Represented Oracle America, Inc., in defending against a $6.6 billion breach of contract, fraud, false claims act, and civil RICO claims. The matter resolved very favorably to Oracle.
    • In a case hailed by the Daily Journal as one of the top defense verdicts of 2014, Nick was a member of a trial team for Sierra Railroad Company that obtained a federal jury verdict of $22.3 million in compensatory damages, $17.4 million in punitive damages, and a court award of $13.1 million in exemplary damages related to Sierra’a trade secret misappropriation, business tort, and breach of contract case against Patriot Rail LLC and Patriot Rail Corp. The trial team also achieved a complete defense verdict of Patriot Rail Corp.’s claims against Sierra.
    • Represented an international bank which resulted in the quashing a summons to appear in a California State Court.
    • Represented a state water agency as Defendant-Intervenors in a federal NEPA action.
    • Represented the former President and CEO of a construction management company in a breach of contract and employment action against his former employer.
    • Represented a Fortune 50 Company in connection with alleged inventory manipulation and alleged FCA violations.

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