Nicholas J. Begakis


Los Angeles

Phone: (213) 955-9500 (Ext. 1132)
Fax: (213) 955-9511

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Articles & Presentations

  • Dennis S. Ellis, Katherine F. Murray, Nicholas J. Begakis & Adam Reich, Enforcement of Judgments: A Practitioner’s Guide to Recovery (Law Journal Press 2016)

Nick Begakis focuses his practice on complex litigation and trial work. His experience includes disputes, consumer class actions, product liability defense, environmental litigation, real estate litigation and white collar defense. Mr. Begakis has tried cases in both state and federal court and has experience at all phases of litigation.

PRO BONO Activities

  • Represented putative class challenging detention conditions in a Los Angeles Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Facility.
  • Represented a former inmate in trial of claims related to inadequate medical treatment while in custody; case settled favorably during jury deliberations.
  • Represention of at-risk youth in proceedings before the Children’s Court.

Representative Matters

  • Represented public utility in connection with disputes arising from both electrical and gas operations.
  • Represented major cosmetics company in connection with numerous consumer class actions in both state and federal court alleging false advertising.
  • Represented municipality in connection with numerous state and federal court actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), and various analogous state court statutes and common law doctrines arising from the contamination of the former Rialto Ammunition Backup Storage Point in Rialto, California. Successfully argued appeal of the dismissal of a state court action challenging the City’s administration of cleanup at the site.
  • Second chaired the trial and retrial of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy charged with obstruction of justice for his involvement in the movement of an inmate that was providing information to the FBI. The first trial resulted in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked 6-6. The retrial resulted in a conviction following the exclusion of evidence and testimony presented during the first trial. Mr. Begakis handled direct and cross examinations of numerous witnesses during both trials.
  • Second-chaired defense of a real estate development company. The plaintiffs brought a variety of tort and contract claims seeking payment of loans made to the company and the return of their investment in the company. Mr. Begakis handled direct and cross examination of seven witnesses during the month-long trial and successfully obtained a mixed verdict by which Plaintiffs’ recovery was limited to the return of their loans to the company. Plaintiffs were denied any recovery on their contract and tort claims arising from their investment in the company and likewise failed in their bid for punitive damages against the company.
  • Represented a former inmate, pro bono, in his case against the County of Los Angeles alleging failure to provide adequate medical care. The plaintiff brought a claim under 42 USC Section 1983 alleging deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs in violation of his Fourteenth Amendment rights. Mr. Begakis handled voir dire, presented the opening statement and closing argument, and handled direct and cross examination of six witnesses including medical experts. The case settled on favorable terms during the second day of jury deliberations.

Practice Areas


  • Business Disputes and Torts
  • Class Actions
  • Real Estate
  • White Collar
  • Unfair Competition and Business Practices
  • Product Liability
  • Environmental


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
  • J.D. magna cum laude – 2007
  • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Honors: Thurston Society
  • Honors: National Moot Court Competition
  • Law Journal: Hastings Law Journal, Editorial Board
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
  • Bachelor of Arts cum laude – 2004
  • Major: Philosophy

Honors & Distinctions

  • Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star (2015, 2016)
  • 2010 American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Humanitarian Award for pro bono service representing a putative class action of immigrants challenging the conditions of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Los Angeles

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Form Executive Committee Member and CLE Committee Chairman, Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Section
  • Successfully represented at risk youth in emancipation proceedings before the Children’s Court