Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nicholas Laue focuses his practice on commercial disputes, receivership actions, bankruptcy litigation, estate planning and e-commerce. Nicholas also specializes in protecting, preserving, and monitoring brand identity for third-party sellers on Amazon, eBay, and other e-commerce sites. Before joining Keller & Almassian, PLC, Nicholas was a pre-hearing attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Nicholas represents debtors and creditors in adversary proceedings regarding the dischargeability of debt. Nicholas has also assisted in the successful defense of a $12 million conversion case in bankruptcy court. (Chapter 7 Trustee v. King Par, LLC, et al. a United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan Case No. 11-80397-swd).
A growing part of Nicholas’ practice is assisting clients with their estate planning needs. From the drafting of wills and trusts to administering the assets of the decedent’s estate, Nicholas understands the importance of planning for the future and successfully executing on that plan. Nicholas focuses and tailors each estate plan to fit his client’s specific circumstances and goals.
E-Commerce and Brand Protection
Nicholas applies his experience as a former third-party e-commerce seller to remove third-party sellers who are unfairly competing with brand owners on e-commerce sites. Nicholas successfully removes infringing third-party sellers from the e-commerce sites by assisting clients in branding products, sending cease and desist letters to third-party sellers, filing infringement forms, and contacting the e-commerce sites directly. Nicholas also assists clients in protecting their brand by drafting warranty provisions, minimum advertised price (MAP) agreements, and distribution agreements.
Nicholas is a graduate of Central Michigan University and received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, he served as a Note and Comment editor for the Law Review of the University of Toledo College of Law, and he received certificates of concentration in the area of intellectual property law and criminal law.
Nicholas is admitted to practice in Michigan state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Nicholas has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in the Western District of Kentucky and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Nicholas is currently a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.