Nick is one of the firm’s senior land lawyers. He handles a variety of complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels in Missouri, Illinois and the federal system, most of which possess a real estate component.
Because Nick must understand the various transactional intricacies of the real estate disputes he litigates in court, he has also developed a niche for resolving land defects and disputes before suit is filed through informal negotiations and voluntary ADR.
Under the land umbrella, Nick litigates disputes concerning commercial and residential real estate, title insurance, construction contracts and mechanic’s liens, construction disbursing, land partition, commercial leases, easements, municipal liability, collections and land tax sales.
He also frequently does work for lending institutions, title insurance agencies and underwriters, real estate brokers and agents, general contractors, commercial land owners, commercial landlords and entrepreneurs.
Aside from real estate litigation, Nick defends consumer protection cases brought under the FDCPA, TCPA and other federal and state consumer protection statutes. Accordingly, he is a member of the firm’s Insurance and Professional Liability teams.
Whether working with individuals or publically traded companies, Nick strives to efficiently achieve his clients’ unique goals and fosters both loyalty and trust by securing creative, cost-effective solutions for them.
Outside of his legal practice, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and being a dad. His two young boys have already shown a predilection for persuasion and advocacy, skills which they hone each day. He is also a sports and music enthusiast and enjoys local concerts, coaching his sons’ teams and cheering for the Cards and Jayhawks.
Nick grew up in St. Louis. He attended the University of Kansas where he earned Bachelor of Arts in both Cultural Anthropology and East Asian Languages & Cultures. He studied law at Saint Louis University School of Law, where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in International and Comparative Law. In law school, he was a staff member of the Saint Louis University Law Journal and was published twice.
He was selected as a Rising Star in 2009, 2010 and from 2013-2017 by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation.
Nick is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Illinois and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri and the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri.
“On the Hook Without a Word: Title Agent May Create Attorney-Client Relationship between Lender and Attorney Retained by Title Agent/JBJ Investment of South Florida, Inc. v. Southern Title Group, Inc.” (October 2018)
“Pursuing and Defending Claims Against Fiduciaries Per the Missouri Uniform Trust Code (MUTC),” National Business Institute (March 2013).
“Introduction: Symposium on the Protection of Children’s Rights Under International Law,” 22 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 233 (2003).
“Taking One for the Team: Principle of Treaty Adherence as a Social Imperative for Preserving Globalization and International Legal Legitimacy as Upheld in In re World War II Era Japanese Forced Labor Litigation v. Mitsui & Co.,” 46 Saint Louis U. L.J. 1091 (2002)
Presenter, Missouri Land Title Association, “Hot Topics in the Law” (March 2013)
Presenter, National Business Institute, “Resolving Estate, Will and Trust Contests” (March 2013)
After having practiced at Helfrey, Neiers and Jones, P.C. for ten years, Nick Van Deven joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2013 when the firms joined forces. Nick handles a variety of litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels in Missouri, Illinois and the federal system. Most of those matters have a real estate component. Nick litigates disputes concerning commercial and residential real estate, title insurance, construction contracts and mechanic’s liens, construction disbursing, land partition, municipal liability, premises liability, corporate governance, trusts, trade secrets, unfair competition, creditor’s rights, collections and land tax disputes.
“Sandberg Phoenix has large firm resources and depth to offer clients, while still maintaining its focus on individual client needs. I’m excited to be a part of such a talented group of attorneys,” Nick says.
Whether working with individuals or companies with a nationwide presence, Nick works efficiently to achieve his clients’ unique goals and believes effective communication helps foster both loyalty and trust.
“Each day offers something new which challenges me to find creative ways to solve problems for a diverse client base,” says Nick. “My clients expect a quick turnaround and results that further their long term needs. A handful of my clients employ in-house counsel. I really enjoy collaborating with them.”