Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

T. Nicholas Goanos is an Associate at Butler and joined the law firm in 2012. Nicholas presently works in the Charlotte office, having relocated from Chicago, Illinois. While practicing in Chicago, Nicholas focused on large, commercial first party property coverage and bad faith disputes, including those involving windstorm, fire, theft, and water damage. He successfully obtained issue and case dispositive rulings in State and Federal Courts—both within and outside Illinois—on matters involving fire damage, special flood hazard areas, and premises liability.

In addition, Nicholas has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in State and Federal Courts in numerous non-coverage matters, including those involving trade secrets, breaches of fiduciary duty, municipal law, and employment disputes.

Nicholas received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2006. Prior to this, he received his Bachelor's of Science, with honors, in 2001 from Presbyterian College, before interning for former Senator and Presidential candidate Ernest F. Hollings and earning an International Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarship. Through this Scholarship, Nicholas obtained his Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis in Athens, Greece in 2003.


  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina


  • Presbyterian College
    Bachelor of Science
  • University of Indianapolis at Athens, Greece
    Master of Business Administration
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    Juris Doctor
February 28, 2013 PUBLICATIONNavigating The Southern Bad-Faith Buffet: Extra-Contractual Liability In The Absence Of Breach Of Contract

In the Southeast, catastrophic natural disasters have become all too common, and the physical and financial consequences are borne by the entire region. Five of the top ten costliest hurricanes to hit the United States have impacted North Carolina, and with approximately $159.6 billion in insured coastal assets, North Carolina continues to have significant loss exposure.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Arson
  • Bad Faith
  • BI (Business Interruption)
  • Boiler and Machinery - Coverage
  • Business Interruption - Coverage
  • Business Owner's - Coverage
  • CGL
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Inland Marine
  • Coverage - Personal Injury
  • Coverage - Property
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Employment Law
  • Excess Coverage
  • Fidelity
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Fraud
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • General Liability - Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Insurance
  • Theft
  • Third Party Coverage Issues
  • Third Party Liability