Nicholas J. Bullard

Nicholas J. Bullard



Nick helps clients successfully navigate and resolve complex litigation.

Nick is an associate in Dorsey’s Trial Group. His practice covers all phases of litigation, including factual and legal research, e-discovery issues, motion practice, and deposition and trial preparation.

Before joining Dorsey, Nick clerked for a federal judge, worked in the Wisconsin Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel, and served as a judicial intern at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Education & Admissions

University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2015), summa cum laude; Graduated first in class; Wisconsin Law Review; Order of the Coif

University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.A., 2012), with distinction


  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable James B. Loken, 2015-2016


Representative Litigation

  • Representing Wells Fargo against class action alleging ERISA violations in the management of $35 billion 401(k) plan. Obtained complete dismissal of claims. Meiners v. Wells Fargo & Co., No. 16-3981, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80606 (D. Minn. May 25, 2017). 
  • Representing pharmacy benefit manger against multiple class actions alleging ERISA fiduciary breaches and prohibited transactions.
  • Representing Mayo Clinic and other health care providers against allegations of medical malpractice.
  • Authored successful opposition to plaintiff’s motion to seek punitive damages in wrongful-death lawsuit. Hanson v. Best, et al., 15-cv-4578 (D. Minn. Nov. 29, 2016).
  • Insight Equity, A.P. X, LP v. Transitions Optical, Inc. (D. Del.): Representing lens manufacturer asserting antitrust claims.

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Contributing Author, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee, Employee Benefits Law, 2nd Ed. (Jane Kheel Stanley Ed. in Chief) Supplement
  • Judicial Capacity and Executive Power, 102 Va. L. Rev. 765 (2016) (co-author, with Andrew Coan).
  • Policing Executive Power, Daily Journal (2014).
  • Comment, Pushing the Reset Button on Wisconsin’s Governmental Immunity Doctrine, 2014 Wis. L. Rev. 801 (2014).


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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2017
Nicholas J. Bullard