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John P. Nicolucci

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8224
F 517.371.8200


John is a litigator and a member of the firm’s General Litigation Practice Group and his focus includes commercial law, family law and insurance litigation matters. He has extensive experience in Michigan No-fault Automobile Insurance litigation as well as other types of property and casualty insurance litigation. Other core components of John's practice include domestic relations, commercial litigation and insurance regulation. His trial experience includes both bench and jury trials in the United States District Court, circuit and district courts throughout the State of Michigan, State of Michigan administrative agencies as well as state and federal appellate courts.  John has successfully argued cases before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. 

Representing clients at all stages of litigation, John handles a wide range of complex commercial, family law, and insurance litigation matters including: 

  • Commercial Litigation: breach of contract; collections, construction law; insurance coverage; real estate; administrative hearings; appellate practice.
  • Domestic Relations/Family Law: divorce; child custody, parenting time, child and spousal support issues; personal protection orders; Friend of the Court hearings; parent and grandparents' rights; guardianship; non-marital domestic relationships.
  • Insurance Defense: personal injury and property damage claims; insurance coverage issues; fraud investigations; No-fault automobile insurance claims; appellate practice.
  • Insurance Regulatory & Business: licensing issues; representation of insurance companies in administrative hearings and before the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

He serves as leader of the firm's Family Law Practice Area. In recognition of his professionalism, John is a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. This designation is based upon professional excellence and community contributions and is limited to just five percent of the State Bar of Michigan active members. He is also a member of the Advocates Guild of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society which is limited to those who have presented oral argument to the Michigan Supreme Court.  

Honors & Recognitions

BV® Distinguished™ Martindale-Hubbell

Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow

Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society-Advocates Guild


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • United States Courts Committee, 2011 - 2016 
    • Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • ACADEMIC POSITION: Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Adjunct Professor for Pre-Trial Skills, 2016
Community Involvement:
  • Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation, President
  • Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Pro Bono Attorney
Certifications and Licenses:
  • Family Law Certification Program, Institute of Continuing Legal Education


Representative Matters

Family Law
  • Successful representation of clients in complex divorce cases involving issues of child custody, parenting time, child support and spousal support, as well as division of assets and debts in cases involving multi-million dollar marital estates
  • Successful representation of clients with children in circuit courts and Friend of the Court hearings throughout the state of Michigan addressing change of custody, change of domicile to or from other states, parenting time schedule, child support reviews, guardianships and petitions regarding parental rights
Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained an Order of Dismissal in favor of Texas clients following discovery proceedings throughout the U.S. in a case believed to be of first impression within the State of Michigan concerning allegations of tortious conduct arising out of the actions of competitors during national horse shows.
  • Received a multi-million dollar confidential settlement valued as one of the top 5 settlements in the State of Michigan for the year of 2008 as compiled by Michigan Lawyers Weekly following successful oral argument at the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals resulting in a published decision in favor of the client.
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict exonerating Nebraska client (defendant) following trial in the U.S. District Court in a complex case involving claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty, unjust enrichment and conspiracy.
  • Obtained Order of Dismissal in favor of clients arising out of allegations of malicious prosecution, conspiracy, abuse of process and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Was affirmed following successful oral arguments and drafting of briefs in both the Michigan Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.
  • Complex construction and civil rights case resulting in published Court of Appeals decision, 265 Mich App 434; 695 NW2d 521 (2005), in favor of the client (project owner).



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Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1993

Purdue University, B.S., 1986

Bar and Court Admissions


Michigan Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court