Recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of the leading hospital and professional liability defense attorneys in the Washington region, Nick McConnell has over thirty-five years of courtroom experience, including retention as counsel for the area's major hospitals and health care systems to defend complex, high exposure cases. He has served as lead defense counsel in hundreds of cases involving claims for professional malpractice, products and premises liability, libel and defamation, antitrust and restraint of trade, employment discrimination, education disciplinary proceedings and breach of contract claims, and general contract and commercial matters.
A former President, Managing Partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Nick currently chairs Jackson & Campbell’s Health Law Practice Group and is a member of the Professional Responsibility Practice Group. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers with a substantial number of significant cases tried to jury verdict. Nick has long held an AV® PreeminentTM rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest awarded through a rigorous peer review process, for both competence and ethics. He has served as President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (the oldest bar association in our nation’s capital), the Bar Association’s Foundation, The Barristers, and The Counsellors. Designated by the D.C. Defense Lawyers Association as The Lawyer of the Year (2005), Nick is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, is a frequent faculty member and lecturer at trial advocacy programs and programs on professional ethics, and serves as President/CEO of The Tucker Foundation, a private foundation focusing its resources on funding for cancer diagnosis, treatment and research in partnership with health care institutions throughout the Metropolitan Region.
Some of Mr. McConnell’s more recent publications and presentations include:
"Medical Malpractice Damages: Causes of Action in Tort and Contract" (chapter) in Proving and Defending Damage Claims: A Fifty-State Guide, Brown, Fleishman (editors), Wolters Kluwer, Publishers (2012 rev.).
“Ethical Duties Involved in Representing Multiple Parties in a Single Matter,” Fairfax Bar Association, Fairfax County Courthouse, Fairfax, VA, February 13, 2013 (2-hour CLE Ethics Program – Virginia Bar CLE Certification Approved).
“Ethics, Social Media, and e-Communication: Pitfalls of the Electronic Age,” DC Defense Lawyers Annual CLE Ethics Seminar and Dinner Program, Washington, D.C., January 19, 2012 (Co-Presenter 2-hour CLE Ethics Program – Virginia Bar CLE Certification Approved).
“Building Trial Skills,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Georgetown University Law Center, Invited Faculty Member, June 6 – 8, 2012, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
“Update in Civil Litigation – Recent D.C. Court of Appeals Cases on Civil Matters,” Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Civil Division, Annual Mandatory Judges’ Training Seminar (invited Co-Presenter as the representative of the defense bar), December 1, 2011, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.
“Healthcare – Associated Infections (HAI): Litigation Issues,” Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), 37th Annual Conference and International Meeting, Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, LA, July 14, 2010.
“Legal Ethics: Ethical Dilemmas in Guardianship and Substitute Decision Making,” Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) National Seminar, Brain Injury Litigation Strategies 2010, Las Vegas, NV, April 29, 2010.
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America, 1994 – present
Who’s Who in American Law,® 2004 – present
Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2006 – present
Legal Times, Best Lawyers in the Metropolitan Region