Nick Brauns is a transportation and business litigation attorney with a practice focused on catastrophic loss and contract claims, regulatory compliance and driver employment-related issues.

Mr. Brauns has successfully represented small and large businesses through jury verdict in San Diego and Los Angeles. He leans on his unique maritime background to help resolve a variety of cargo-related claims for his transportation clients. A Marine Surveyor before law school, he was one of the few North Americans who were certified by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection service to inspect bulk cargo vessels for bio-security compliance. Because he understands how the process works, he has represented shipping conglomerates such as the American Natural Soda Ash Consortium and international shipping companies including Canadian Potash Exporters.

Although Mr. Brauns resolves complex maritime issues through litigation, he also knows time is crucial in the event of a catastrophic loss. That is why he is on standby as part of HFM’s 24/7 Rapid Response Hotline staffed by a live operator at 1-866-549-9530. Whether your matter involves a catastrophic accident, a freight dispute, or a hazmat spill, our trucking accident attorneys can be available to you for immediate, on-scene accident and catastrophic loss investigation and representation 24-hours a day, seven days a week. This team covers San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.

Mr. Brauns shares his expertise in this area of law often. He was a speaker at the Alpha Mini-Transportation Seminar for the Southwestern Region and co-authored “Life After the Excess Verdict: Two Cases Take Very Different Paths.

Mr. Brauns was selected to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America© “Ones to Watch” list, recognizing lawyers who have been in private practice between five and ten years.  This award highlights the most promising younger lawyers in the country. He was also recognized in the top 3% of his peers as a Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” from 2015 to 2018, and was awarded San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorney Award.

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" (2021)
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2015-2018)
  • Top Young Attorney Award, San Diego Daily Transcript


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Risk Management Association of San Diego
  • Washington & Lee Alumni Association, San Diego Chapter President
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