Nicholas Centrella is the managing partner of Conrad O’Brien and has 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Nick has received numerous honors for his work, including praise in Chambers USA 2017 noting that he is “an excellent trial lawyer” and “the first choice for a number of law firms in professional malpractice disputes.” Clients and colleagues alike praise the precision of his work and his clear, compelling oral and written advocacy.
Nick’s civil practice focuses on the representation of AmLaw 100 and small to mid-sized law firms in legal malpractice and other civil actions, organizations in cases involving alleged child abuse, and the defense of major corporations and nonprofit entities in complex commercial, regulatory, civil RICO, personal injury, and products liability disputes. Nick also has experience defending corporations and individuals in federal grand jury investigations and criminal proceedings.
In addition to his practice and his role as managing partner, Nick is a member of the firm’s three-person executive committee that manages and oversees the firm.
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1992
Georgetown University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1988
St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, ranked first in his class, 1984
"“An excellent trial lawyer” and “a very talented and very reliable lawyer.”"
—Chambers USA (from 2017 and 2011)
Nick and his wife, June, have three sons. Nick has coached his sons at various levels of ice hockey, including a team that reached the Tier II National Championship Tournament. He also currently sits on the board of directors of the hockey club at St. Joseph’s Prep, where two of his sons played high school hockey.