Nicholas “Nick” Ustaski is a member of the Employment & Labor Practice and is based in the Firm’s Houston office. Nick counsels employers and clients in connection with all aspects of labor and employment issues, including employee discipline and termination, reductions in force including federal and state WARN laws, employer compliance and policy matters, workplace restructuring, hiring and termination documentation, handbooks and policies, employer affirmative action compliance, wage and hour compliance, and anti-harassment and anti-discrimination law compliance, labor relations, collective bargaining, immigration compliance, and various government agency investigations and audits. He also routinely advises clients on structuring and drafting of employment, restrictive covenant, non-competition, non-solicitation, retention, and employment separation and other types of employment and labor agreements. Nick has comprehensive experience advising clients on labor and employment matters in the context of complex national and international corporate transactions, including conducting acquisition-related due diligence and risk assessment, assisting clients with post-acquisition and restructuring-related issues, negotiating and drafting labor and employment provisions of purchase agreements, drafting and marking up of transaction disclosure schedules, and assessing a target’s labor workforce and advising on general employment law compliance and risks. Nick also has experience in organized labor and union issues including advising clients on union relations, union organization, general informational background information on organized labor, and other unions and organized labor issues within corporate transactions.


Thought Leadership


Nicholas M. Ustaski, “To Kneel or Not to Kneel, To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Professional Athlete Political Speech and Social Media in the Workplace,” Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. Employment Law Update, 2020 Edition

Memberships & Affiliations

Board Member University of Delaware Hockey Alumni Association

Board Member St. Ignatius College Prep Ice Hockey Program

Member Texas Bar Association

Member of Houston Bar Association

Member of Chicago Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2020Texas
  • 2020Illinois


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of TechnologyJ.D.cum laude2019

    CALI Awards in Business Organizations and Employment Discrimination

    Chicago-Kent Certificate of Service for 50 hours of Pro Bono Community Service

    Chicago-Kent Law Review

    Editor, Chicago-Kent Employee Rights & Employment Journal

    Editor, Illinois Public Employee Relations Report

  • University of DelawareB.A., History (American History Concentration) & Foreign Languages and Literatures (Ancient Greek and Roman Culture Concentration)

    magna cum laude, with Distinction


    Men's Ice Hockey Captain — Named to ESCHL 2nd Team All-League for Ice Hockey

    William E. Meakin Award for Excellence in Academics and Community Service

    Alumni Award for Academic Achievement

    Thomas J. Craven Prize for Best Undergraduate Essay in Subject of History