Nicholas A. Oliva

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

My work at Weitz & Luxenberg feels similar to my work at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. While an assistant district attorney, I helped crime victims obtain the resolution they deserve and punish the guilty party. At W&L, I continue to legally assist victims of asbestos-containing products from corporations that failed to warn them regarding the dangers associated with their toxic products. Our clients deserve a just outcome. Those who endanger other people’s lives need to be held accountable.

An experienced litigator, Nicholas A. Oliva has joined W&L’s dedicated asbestos and mesothelioma team. He is handling our asbestos exposure litigation, as well as cases where someone was injured from their use of talcum powder contaminated with asbestos.

Building Relationships Is Key

“Whether at the District Attorney’s Office, or working with clients at Weitz & Luxenberg, my focus is similar,” Mr. Oliva explains. “Building relationships is where the process starts. I explain what’s going on, and break things down. It’s critical I let our clients know how the legal process works and establish trust between us.”

He continues, “Ultimately, I want our clients to feel safe and assured. They should know we are the drivers at the wheel, so to speak,” points out Mr. Oliva. “They can let us guide them, trusting we have their best interests in mind.”

Each Client Win Is Different

“I get to know each client personally and learn the outcome they hope to achieve. My goal is to do whatever I can legally to honor their wishes,” Mr. Oliva says.

He believes, “Clients and victims of crime respond to verdicts, decisions, and resolutions in different ways. It’s important to respect my client’s wishes and put them first.”

W&L Is My Idea of What Attorneys Should Be

“I grew up hearing of Weitz & Luxenberg. I knew the kind of legal work this firm did,” Mr. Oliva remembers. “I’ve always thought, that’s what a law firm should look like. And that’s the kind of work I want to do. I believe in helping people who have been hurt by the actions of others. This is particularly true when corporations only look out for themselves without thinking of the people they’re hurting.”

Mr. Oliva adds, “It’s a huge honor to find myself among such a talented and dedicated group of litigators.”

District Attorney’s Office Experience

Mr. Oliva joined Weitz & Luxenberg in June 2022. Immediately before joining W&L, he served as the assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office located in Mineola, New York. While at the District Attorney’s Office Mr. Oliva worked in the Trial Bureau from August 2018 onward.

In the Trial Bureau, Mr. Oliva was responsible for prosecuting thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases from the intake stage through resolution. He specialized in domestic violence and sex offense prosecutions, which included conducting Sexual Offender Registry Act (“SORA”) hearings and dozens of preliminary trial hearings.

He also conducted jury and bench trials for a range of cases, including assault, menacing, drug possession, and criminal possession of a weapon. Another responsibility included drafting of warrants to develop cases involving homicide, burglary, robbery, assaults, and other violent crimes. During this process Mr. Oliva maintained contact with victims of all races, ages, and ethnicities to guide them through the legal process.

Mr. Oliva is licensed to practice law in New York. He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York, and his B.A. in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

On the Personal Side

Outside the office, Mr. Oliva enjoys spending time with his fiancée. They enjoy taking their three dogs — a German Shepherd, Mini Golden Doodle, and Morkie to the park.

He also loves being with his family, as well as running and mountain biking, spending time outdoors.

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