Nicholas “Nick” Ustaski is a member of the Employment & Labor Practice and is based in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Houston office. Nick counsels employers and clients in connection with all aspects of labor and employment issues, including for example: employee discipline and termination, workplace restructuring and reductions in force, hiring and termination documentation, handbooks and policies, wage and hour compliance, compliance and policy matters, labor relations, collective bargaining, immigration compliance, and labor and employment litigation, charges, claims, investigations and/or 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 also has great 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, and assessing a target’s labor workforce and advising on general employment law compliance and risks. Nick, lastly, has experience in organized labor and union issues including advising clients on union relations, union organization, and other 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