Nicholas C. Cramb

Member / Chair, Real Estate Litigation Practice vCard


  • Northeastern University (JD, 2002)
  • Union College (BA, Philosophy, 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Nick is a member in the firm’s Litigation Department and Chair of the Real Estate Litigation Practice Group. His national practice focuses on insurance and reinsurance disputes and real estate litigation. Nick has litigated disputes in state and federal court across the country. He has managed all aspects of complex litigation, including large E-Discovery projects. Nick brings a creative approach to difficult problems to find efficient and cost effective success for his clients.

Nick represents insurers, reinsurers, and insurance brokers on all matters of coverage, including, for example, the duty to defend, allocation, order of coverage, retention warranties, and bad faith. His expertise includes commercial general liability, directors and officers liability and professional liability insurance, and both facultative and treaty reinsurance. 

Nick’s Real Estate Litigation practice focuses on a wide range of clients, from developers to educational institutions to individual property owners, in disputes involving zoning, subdivision, affordable housing, and wetland issues. 

While an associate at Mintz Levin, Nick served as a Special Assistant District Attorney with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, where he handled numerous criminal matters and tried several cases before juries. Prior to joining the Firm, Nick was a law clerk for the Honorable Alexander H. Sands III of the Massachusetts Land Court.

Representative Matters


  • Successfully represented clients in disputes concerning reinsurance for workers' compensation business
  • Defended insurer against claims that it converted subrogation claims, obtaining summary judgment from the US District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Defended insurer against claim that it had a duty to defend antitrust action, obtaining dismissal of complaint, which was affirmed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court
  • Defended an insurer against breach of contract and bad faith claims in suit arising out of a catastrophic explosion of a manufacturing facility, obtaining summary judgment
  • Represented an insurer in a complex coverage action concerning contamination of an urban neighborhood by a dry cleaning chemical distribution center
  • Defended a reinsurer on the grounds that its cedent violated retention warranties, obtaining partial summary judgment
  • Represented a foreign reinsurer in an action brought by its alleged cedent concerning a cross-border fronting arrangement, obtaining summary judgment
  • Represented a cedent in a complex claim relating to its cession of losses stemming from asbestos and silica claims, obtaining summary judgment
  • Obtained a court order for reinsured compelling consolidation of arbitrations and the appointment of an umpire

Real Estate

  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit brought by a municipality challenging a funding agency’s determination of eligibility for a Comprehensive Permit
  • Represented North End Restaurant and property owners in suit against the MTA regarding the impact of the Big Dig, obtaining for our clients one of the largest jury verdicts in Massachusetts for 2015
  • Successfully appealed to the DHCD a municipality’s determination that it had achieved an affordable housing statutory minimum
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of developer in action challenging of municipality’s inclusionary zoning determination
  • Argued an appeal of a Comprehensive Permit before the Supreme Judicial Court, which affirmed our client’s Comprehensive Permit for a residential development of approximately 150 units
  • Defended developer of a mixed use project, which included over 60 residential units, in an appeal brought by a competing shopping center
  • Defended mall owners in an appeal by neighboring entities of a subdivision approval and variances issued in connection with development for a new anchor tenant, obtaining summary judgment on standing grounds
  • Brought an appeal of a special permit issued to allow construction of a wind turbine on behalf of nearby land owners
  • Represented a college and a private secondary school in suits by neighbors challenging permitting for athletic fields

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Insurance (2018)
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Boston's Future Leaders (2013)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • President of the Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association (MReBA)  (2016)
  • Member, ARIAS-US
  • Board of Directors, Magic Garden Children’s Center  (2016-2017)