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James N. (Nick) Boeving

Partner

P. 303.244.1938 | F. 303.244.1879

Biography

Nick Boeving represents clients in government investigations, complex commercial disputes, and professional liability lawsuits. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Nick has significant experience handling False Claims Act and Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) matters.

In the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, Nick managed and litigated numerous affirmative and defensive matters including investigations of fraud under FCA and FIRREA, commercial and tax shelter litigation, administrative law, medical malpractice and other torts, employment discrimination, and representing individuals in Bivens actions.

Nick also worked as a trial attorney in the civil rights division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and was hired through the Attorney General's Honors Program. While there, he investigated and litigated potential violations of various Federal voting rights statutes including the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and the National Voter Registration Act.  

Nick served two year-long judicial appellate clerkships, first for The Honorable Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and then for The Honorable Debra A. Livingston of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.   

Nick earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and a James Kent Scholar.  He was also awarded the David Berger Memorial Prize for excellence in international law and received the Parker School Certificate in International Law.

Cases

  • Successfully represented a leading global chemical company in an investigation involving multiple federal agencies and international trade compliance issues.
  • Successfully represented a Chinese national in an investigation involving multiple federal agencies and allegations of arms trading.
  • Obtained dismissal for an insurance company client facing a civil RICO lawsuit in federal court, with risk of treble damages, for issuing a surety bond to a marijuana business as required by state regulations. The judge granted our client's motion to dismiss because the plaintiffs failed to plausibly allege injury sufficient to establish RICO standing.
  • EPMM Colorado v. Green Cross Colorado (Denver Cnty. Dist. Ct. 2015) - Won reversal of a TRO that had been issued ex parte at the close of business on a Friday, effectively shutting down operations for a major manufacturing and distribution client, and subsequently won rejection of the injunction against WTO's client.
  • Conducted an investigation of a major national bank's foreign exchange program. Brought civil fraud action under FIRREA asserting claims of mail and wire fraud against the bank and an individual employee of the bank. Defeated the defendants' motions to dismiss the complaint. This was a case of first impression concerning the scope of FIRREA, and the court's opinion has since been followed by other judges.
  • Investigated a major FHA lender's mortgage lending and underwriting practices, and brought a civil fraud action under the FCA and FIRREA against the lender, its owner and CEO, and another senior employee. Defeated defendants' motions to dismiss the FCA and FIRREA claims.
  • Served as trial counsel in a multimillion dollar tax shelter trial involving what was once one of the largest investment banks in the United States. Successfully moved in limine to preclude and limit the scope of the expert testimony proffered by the plaintiff.  The case concerned the interpretation of a decades-old bilateral tax treaty and the interplay of that treaty with U.S. tax laws and regulations.
  • Defeated a summary judgment motion by a national insurance company in a multimillion dollar tax shelter case involving numerous cross-border structured finance transactions. Co-authored the appellate brief defending the denial of summary judgment in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The case involved overlap of the foreign tax credit regime established by Congress and common law doctrines, such as economic substance, as well as the underlying contours of the economic substance doctrine.
  • Won a complete defense verdict following a week-long jury trial rejecting the plaintiff's claim of employment discrimination by a federal agency.
  • Successfully defended summary judgment wins before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in multiple employment discrimination cases.
  • Won summary judgment in numerous cases in which plaintiffs alleged some form of employment discrimination or retaliation by a federal agency under Title VII or the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Defeated a motion to compel a hospital's internal quality control review following the death of a patient, establishing a federal peer review privilege, and defeated a motion to compel the hospital's plan of correction.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "Civil Suits & DORA Investigations: Navigating Parallel Proceedings," presented to the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (March 28, 2020).
  • "High Times: Marijuana and the Changing Landscape for Healthcare Providers and Hospital Administrators," presented to the Colorado Bar Association Health Law Section (January 18, 2017).
  • "The Right to Be Present Before Military Commissions and Federal Courts: Protecting National Security in an Age of Classified Information," 30 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 463 (2007).
  • "Aggression, International Law and the ICC: An Argument for Withdrawal of Aggression from the Rome Statute," 43 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 557 (2005).
  • "Half Full…or Completely Empty?: Environmental ATS Claims Post-Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain," 18 Geo.Int'l Envtl. L. Rev. 109 (2005).

Teaching Positions

Fordham Law School
     Adjunct Professor, Fall 2013