Charles J. Nerko is a problem-solving litigator who uses a practical and business-conscious approach to obtain favorable results amid critical circumstances. Mr. Nerko has a track record of success resolving disputes involving data privacy, technology, contracts, business torts and restrictive covenants. He also advises clients on strategies to minimize litigation risks and protect their confidential information.
Clients turn to Mr. Nerko for swift, decisive courtroom victories when clients’ reputations or confidential information assets are at risk. He serves as lead counsel to numerous federal credit unions in data security litigation against the largest provider of online banking and outsourced technology services to financial institutions. He has also represented a variety of businesses in “bet the company” disputes concerning the misappropriation of trade secrets. Mr. Nerko is a frequent speaker on information protection and has been quoted extensively by the media, including in Krebs on Security, SecurityWeek, CFO, CyberScoop, PYMNTS, Pennsylvania Business Central, Global Data Review and the Credit Union Times.
Mr. Nerko also litigates matters implicating legal ethics and the protection of attorney-client privileged information. He won disqualification of an Am Law 50 law firm after a two-day evidentiary hearing, and competitor law firms have turned to Mr. Nerko to represent them in a variety of disputes.
Mr. Nerko’s successful outcomes are driven by his ingenuity, vigorous advocacy and strategic execution. Recent victories include winning a favorable arbitration award as lead counsel in a contract dispute, and obtaining a highly favorable settlement in a trade secret misappropriation case that required a client’s competitor to cease business operations.
Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Mr. Nerko practiced at two global law firms and served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.