HFM Partner Nick Brauns is a trial attorney with a successful practice focused on litigating complex commercial disputes and defending a range of professionals against malpractice claims. In addition, he has an active practice assisting with the investigation and defense of industrial accidents, personal injuries or other catastrophic losses arising at a wide range of companies in the transportation industry (trucking, auto and vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)).

Mr. Brauns has successfully represented his clients through trial and arbitration in commercial and catastrophic loss matters in Southern California. He 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.

Mr. Brauns 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, Mr. Brauns is available for immediate, on-scene accident and catastrophic loss investigation and representation 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The 24/7 Rapid Response team covers San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Click here to view the complete Rapid Response Map.

Mr. Brauns is a frequent speaker to the defense bar on trial tactics, having spoken at the 2019 Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Annual Seminar on the topic of “Everything You Wanted to Know About Biomechanics, but Were Afraid to Ask,” as well as at several ALFA Seminars for the Southwestern Region regarding “Reptile” trial tactics and issues of proof on economic damages. He also co-authored the article “Life After the Excess Verdict: Two Cases Take Very Different Paths.”

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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