I am a litigator with a focus on the resolution of complex, high-stakes business disputes through litigation in federal and state courts, arbitration and mediation. I counsel both plaintiffs and defendants in sectors ranging from financial services to alcoholic beverages to art in a wide variety of matters, including disputes relating to commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, insurance, intellectual property, securities, antitrust, executive compensation, and defamation.

Before starting my own firm, I was a founding partner at an elite litigation boutique. Before that, I gained twelve years of experience at two leading national law firms. A former federal appellate law clerk and editor of the Harvard Law Review, I am adept at navigating difficult and cutting-edge legal issues before both trial-level and appellate courts.

My current engagements include representation of a brand founder in an earnout dispute with a private equity acquirer, representation of an art lending business in a dispute with a former counterparty, and representation of a bestselling author in litigation against an international news magazine.

I can go to trial and win. I was a core member of a trial team that won a bench trial, following nearly five years of litigation, regarding a financial services M&A dispute arising from the counterparty's failure to close. I was also one of the two lawyers who defended the former president of a leading art gallery in a jury trial of fraud claims arising from the sale of a forged artwork previously attributed to Mark Rothko, dubbed the "The Art Trial of the Century" by ArtNews.

My industry and legal knowledge is wide-ranging. I have extensive experience in the alcoholic beverage industry, including representation of an investor in a popular, celebrity-endorsed moonshine whiskey brand in a dispute with the company's founder and CEO and representation of the same investor in a high-profile control dispute with the co-founder and CEO of a rapidly growing ultra-premium rye whiskey brand.

I represent pro bono clients as a member of the pro bono panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the court on which I previously clerked. As court-appointed counsel, I have obtained successful outcomes for clients including an asylum applicant and a plaintiff pursuing a civil rights claim arising from a police stop.

I offer my clients smart and vigorous representation consistent with my core values.


  • Note, Original Meaning and Its Limits, 120 HARV. L. REV. 1279 (2007)
  • The Supreme Court, 2004 Term - Leading Cases, 119 HARV. L. REV. 169, 366 (2005) (comment on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005))
  • Recent Case, 118 HARV. L. REV. 794 (2004) (comment on United States v. Johnson, 380 F.3d 1013 (7th Cir. 2004))


New York, Massachusetts, SDNY, EDNY, D.Mass., Second Circuit, Ninth Circuit

Nathan Holcomb, Nate Holcomb, Nathan Holcomb pc, Nathan Holcomb business litigation lawyer


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude; Notes Chair of Harvard Law Review; Member of winning team in Ames Moot Court Competition
  • Oxford University, D.Phil., Philosophy
  • Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, Philosophy


  • The Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Appellate
  • Commercial and contract disputes
  • Corporate governance
  • Securities
  • Antitrust
  • Copyright and right of publicity
  • Defamation and libel
  • Insurance coverage
  • Executive compensation and employment

Representative Matters*

  • Obtained dismissal of RICO conspiracy claims against prominent public servant, affirmed on appeal
  • Won bench trial in financial services M&A dispute against counterparty that failed to close
  • Obtained courthouse-steps settlement in control dispute over ultra-premium rye whiskey brand
  • Obtained withdrawal of claims by founder of celebrity-endorsed moonshine whiskey brand against a private equity investor
  • Obtained favorable settlement for prominent academic in employment dispute with leading university

* Includes experience at prior firms.

Representative Industries

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Art
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Media
  • Real Estate
  • Academia