Nicholas Gowen is a litigation partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C., a full service, Chicago-based law firm.  During his 15-year legal career, Nicholas has represented large and small businesses, individuals and law firms in a variety of commercial disputes, including those involving shareholder disputes, trade secrets, employment matters, real estate litigation, and other business litigation matters in courts throughout the country.

In addition to his active legal practice, Nicholas served for 12 years as a Visiting Instructor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching undergraduate courses focused on the Courts, the Judicial Process, and trial advocacy.

Nicholas has published numerous articles in legal journals and magazines during his career and been involved in leadership roles in organizations serving the legal community. Nicholas was honored as one of Chicago’s “Top 40 under 40 Game Changers” by Ariel Investments and The Urban Business Roundtable.

Nicholas was appointed by the Illinois Governor to the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, currently serving as its Vice-Chairman, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny), an organization focused on establishing community and economic development programing for underrepresented youth in the Woodlawn and Englewood communities of Chicago.

Nicholas was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and a product of the Chicago Public Schools. He received his B.A. in political science with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two sons.