Nicholas M. Centrella, Jr. practices in the area of litigation, representing clients in a wide range of complex commercial, construction, and election matters in state and federal courts across the country, including contract disputes, business torts, franchise disputes, partnership disputes, and election challenges.
Nick has represented a variety of clients in high-value contract disputes, such as a franchisee group in a claim for breach of a contract granting international development rights, litigation against an energy company arising from a contract for services performed on a natural gas well, a healthcare system’s claim in connection with breach of provider agreements, and other various individuals and entities in contract disputes and warranty actions with vendors, suppliers, and other parties. Nick also has experience representing individuals and entities in partnership disputes involving closely held private corporations.
Nick also maintains an active construction practice. Nick has served as counsel for clients in complex multi-party construction suits, such as a construction manager involved in litigation arising from the construction of a hotel project, and the general contractor defending and prosecuting claims arising from the construction of a solar energy project. Nick also represents companies and individuals in disputes over home renovation projects and Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act cases, as well as mechanic’s lien proceedings.
Nick has also served as counsel in various election matters representing local government entities in election challenges, including recount petitions and other election-related litigation.
Nick is a 2018 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Boston College Law Review, and a graduate of Boston College.
Counsel for franchisee group in connection with litigation arising from breach of contract for international development rights.
Represents energy company in contract dispute regarding services contract for natural gas well.
Represented healthcare system in contract dispute arising from breach of provider agreements.
Represents general contractor in multi-party litigation arising from construction of hotel project.
Represents general contractor in multi-party litigation arising from construction of solar energy project.
Obtained dismissal of breach of contract claim against construction manager brought by subcontractor in federal district court.
Obtained decree on behalf of private-public entity authorizing development of public transit project.
Obtained re-bid of public works contract on behalf of general contractor in bid protest action.
In response to a Petition for Review brought by the Republican National Committee and Pennsylvania Republican Party against all 67 county boards of elections in Pennsylvania, filed preliminary objections sustained by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on behalf of the Delaware County Board of Elections and along with the Philadelphia and Chester county boards of elections; the court dismissed the Petition, holding that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction because, as local agencies, county boards of elections cannot be sued in the Commonwealth Court in matters of original jurisdiction.
Obtained dismissal of litigation and preliminary injunction proceedings brought against county board of elections arising from 2020 and 2022 General Elections.
Represented county board of elections in connection with federal, state, and municipal election challenges, including recount petitions and nominating petitions.
Counsels county board of elections concerning implementation of election operations and redistricting procedures.
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2018
- Senior Editor, Boston College Law Review
- Boston College, B.A., 2015
Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2018-present
Honors and Awards
- Named to Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch," 2024
- Recipient of the 2019 G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award, honoring the authors of the most outstanding defense related article published in For The Defense or In-House Defense Quarterly in the 2019 year
- Co-author, "Ahead of Rulemaking, FTC Seeks Comments on Franchisor Business Practices," Duane Morris Alert, March 16, 2023
- Co-author, "Why Reformers Want Disclosure Of 3rd-Party MDL Funding," Law360, January 13, 2020
- Co-author, "FDA Proposes Labeling Recommendations for Complications Linked to Breast Implants," Duane Morris Alert, October 25, 2019
Co-author, "The Hidden Preemption Defense: What You Should Know," DRI's For The Defense, March 2019 (Winner of the G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award, 2019)
Co-author, "FDA Withdraws Proposed Generic Drug Labeling Rule," Duane Morris Alert, December 17, 2018