Professional Biography

Nicholas Peter Gellert Senior Counsel

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.8680

    F +1.206.359.9680


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




Nicholas Gellert has been representing Perkins Coie clients in a wide array of litigation matters for more than a quarter century. He has achieved successful results through arbitration, mediation and trial and appellate victories at all levels of state and federal courts. Nick’s practice focuses on confirming insurance coverage for policyholders and also on resolving real estate, construction and other contract disputes.

In his diverse insurance coverage practice, Nick has handled everything from residential title insurance claims to multimillion- dollar disputes over coverage under liability and D&O policies. Nick’s real estate litigation experience is similarly wide ranging and includes many different types of disputes, such as boundary line and adverse possession disputes, purchase and sale agreement claims, and breach of lease litigation.

Nick also maintains an active pro bono practice, through which he has handled both individual claims and complex litigation, including several death penalty cases and other constitutional litigation. He played an important role in defending the constitutionality of Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) programs, which achieved a vital protection of this important mechanism for funding indigent legal services. He acted as the firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator for several years and currently serves, by appointment of the Washington Supreme Court, on Washington’s Access to Justice Board.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, "Washington's Super Lawyers," 2004, 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Award of Merit, 2003
  • King County Bar Association, President's Award, 2003
  • American Bar Association, IOLTA Litigation Team Award, 2003
  • King County Bar Foundation, Champion of Justice Award, 2002
  • Perkins Coie, Pro Bono Leadership Award, 2002
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell

    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • Washington State Access to Justice Board, Member, 2011 - present
  • ATJ Board Delivery System Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 - present
  • Legal Foundation of Washington, Board of Trustees 2004 - 2009; President, 2009





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.,
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    , 1988,
    Associate Editor, Georgetown Law School Journal, 1987 - 1988
  • The University of Pennsylvania, B.A.,
    cum laude
    , 1984