Christopher S. Nickson

Adjunct Instructor


JD/MBA, University at Buffalo School of Management
BS, Cornell University


Nickson is an attorney and senior strategy consultant with Excelcor. He worked as a private practice attorney for 14 years, most recently as special counsel with the law firm of Wilder & Linneball LLP in Buffalo, where he practiced for more than 10 years. Previously, he was an associate in the Trial Department and Labor and Employment practice group at Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine and Huber LLP.

During law school, Nickson was a member of the Buffalo Moot Court Board and selected to the Order of the Barristers. While in business school, he received a Helen Crosby Fellowship, was elected vice president of the Graduate Management Association and served as editor-in-chief of the Jacobs Hall Journal.

Nickson’s law practice focused on litigation and dispute resolution, with an emphasis on defending self-insured clients in personal injury and employment discrimination matters, as well as pursuing constitutional and administrative law challenges before state and federal courts and agencies. He was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1999, and was later admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Western District of New York (1999), Northern District of New York (2002), Eastern District of New York (2004) and the Second Circuit (2005). In 2012, Nickson was named to the list of SuperLawyers for New York State – Upstate.

His reported decisions include: DeJoy v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., 13 A.D.3d 1108, 786 N.Y.S.2d 873 (4th Dep’t 2004); Whitmore v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., 13 A.D.3d 1109, 786 N.Y.S.2d 762 (4th Dep’t 2004); and Judith M. v. Sisters of Charity Hosp., 93 N.Y.2d 932, 693 N.Y.S.2d 67 (1999). He was also a chapter contributor to How Arbitration Works, Elkouri & Elkouri (6th Ed. 2003 and 6th Ed. Supp. 2008). 

Nickson has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching business law and ethics both in the UB School of Management since 2003, and previously with the Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business at Trocaire College from 2009-10. He is also on the board of directors of Buffalo’s Theatre of Youth.