Spotlight on Nick Gaunce
September 25, 2019
Nick Gaunce joined the firm’s Princeton office in 2014. He grew up in Ewing, New Jersey, attending Ewing High School, which is located less than 10 miles from the firm’s Princeton office.
Today, he and his wife Merilyn and two dogs live in the University Heights neighborhood of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, which is also less than 10 miles from his office. His wife was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States since she was five-years-old. She became a citizen as a teenager and now works as a registered nurse at a local hospital. Nick’s father-in-law pursued citizenship for more than a decade before being naturalized. He obtained his teaching license and is now a supplemental education teacher at one of the poorest schools in Mercer County.
Nick is an experienced litigator whose practice revolves around serving two distinct types of institutional clients: banks and financial institutions and insurance carriers and self-insured entities. In his role as counsel for banks and financial institutions, he handles all aspects of the litigation process for troubled loans, including foreclosures, bankruptcies, workouts, and collection actions. Nick also litigates matters on behalf of insurance carriers and self-insured entities. When serving clients in this industry, he handles a wide variety of matters, including premises liability claims, broker malpractice claims, automobile accident claims, legal and medical malpractice claims, and general liability matters.
What led you to pursue a career in law?
I actually took my undergraduate school’s version of the pre-law program. Of everything that I studied at my undergraduate school, I found law to be the most challenging and interesting. Plus, I did like that, in law classes, your ideas and thoughts were constantly challenged. I think it made for a better educational experience and I, in turn, thought it would make for an interesting career. (I have not been disappointed in that regard.)
What do you enjoy most about your practice?
I enjoy the people, whether co-workers at the firm or clients. I really find it rewarding to help clients solve problems, especially when clients are completely confused. I believe finding joy in helping people through complex problems is the essence of enjoying the practice of law.
Tell us something on your bucket list.
One day, I would like to take a commercial trip to space.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a decent singer. In high school, I was a member of the football team as well as the choir. I also sang with several church groups. As a kid, my first dream was to be a singer.
If you could pick a career outside of the law, what would it be?
Offensive line coach.
What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days and Hard Knocks
What do you like to do on the weekends?
I spend time with my wife and our two dogs. We take them with us to just about everything, whether it is a family event, eating out, to the park, or just relaxing in our back yard at home. Our dog Fido is paralyzed in his back legs, so he requires a little extra care.