Vedder Price

Charles J. Nerko

Associate

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 is a highly skilled litigator with a track record of success resolving disputes involving contracts, business torts and technology. He also advises clients on strategies to minimize litigation risks and protect their confidential information. Mr. Nerko’s diverse clients include some of the leading companies in the financial services, professional services and aviation industries.

Mr. Nerko litigates extensively on behalf of businesses affected by significant security incidents and the misappropriation of confidential information. He serves as lead counsel to numerous federal credit unions across the country in data security litigation against the largest provider of online banking and outsourced technology services to financial institutions. 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 and the Credit Union Times.  

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 dismissals with prejudice of intellectual property infringement and fraud claims. Since 2015, Mr. Nerko has been recognized by his peers and named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the Thomson Reuters survey.

Mr. Nerko serves on Fordham University’s Alumni Advisory Board. Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Nerko was a litigation associate at an Am Law A-List firm and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

Charles J. Nerko

Associate

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2009, cum laude, Merit Scholarship Recipient, Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, Legal Writing Award, Member of the Moot Court Board, Notes & Articles Editor of the Fordham Law Review
  • Fordham University, B.A., 2006, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Charles J. Nerko

Associate

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations

  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Member, New York City Bar Association

Charles J. Nerko

Associate

Experience

Representative matters include:

  • Serving as lead counsel for several federal credit unions across the country in data security litigation against the largest provider of online banking and outsourced technology services to financial institutions.
  • Representing a real estate investment trust in a data security incident, and negotiating confidential pre-litigation settlements with the responsible vendor and affected customers.
  • Prosecuting trade secret misappropriation claims on behalf of a leading optics manufacturer and obtaining a highly favorable settlement requiring the adversary to cease business operations.
  • Winning a favorable arbitration award as lead counsel in an equipment leasing dispute.
  • Serving on the trial team for a prominent bank in aircraft finance and collection litigation, and obtaining a substantial settlement after presenting the client’s case-in-chief.
  • Defending an accounting firm in a dispute with a competing firm arising from the alleged misappropriation of confidential information, defeating the adversary’s application for a preliminary injunction and winning a preliminary injunction in the client’ favor.
  • Obtaining dismissal of a securities fraud class action brought against a professional services firm.
  • Winning summary judgment for an international law firm in litigation against a former client and successfully arguing for dismissal of the adversary’s appeal.
  • Arguing an appeal for an insurance company in a contested bankruptcy matter and obtaining affirmance of the court’s order.
  • Defeating several Section 1782 applications seeking discovery from law and accounting firms.
  • Winning disqualification of an adversary’s law firm after a two-day evidentiary hearing.
  • Serving as national coordinating counsel in multistate litigation arising out of a corporate merger.
  • Representing a nationally known entertainment company in matters related to Michael Jackson’s death.
  • Advising clients on complex discovery issues, including discovery strategy, cost recovery, attorney-client privilege protection, evidence spoliation and discovery abuse.
  • Providing pre-litigation advice to both domestic and international clients on transportation finance deals and other contracts governed by New York law.

Charles J. Nerko

Associate

Blogs

Mr. Nerko contributes to our Media & Privacy Risk Report blog. To view it, please click here.