Nicholas Centrella is the managing partner of Conrad O’Brien and has close to 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Nick has received numerous honors for his work, including praise in Chambers USA 2017 noting that he is “an excellent trial lawyer” and “the first choice for a number of law firms in professional malpractice disputes.” Clients and colleagues alike praise the precision of his work and his clear, compelling oral and written advocacy.
Nick’s civil practice focuses on the representation of AmLaw 100 and small to mid-sized law firms in legal malpractice and other civil actions, organizations in cases involving alleged child abuse, and the defense of major corporations and nonprofit entities in complex commercial, regulatory, civil RICO, personal injury, and products liability disputes. Nick also has experience defending corporations and individuals in federal grand jury investigations and criminal proceedings.
In addition to his practice and his role as managing partner, Nick is a member of the firm’s three-person executive committee that manages and oversees the firm.
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude
Georgetown University, B.S., magna cum laude
St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, ranked first in his class
"He is knowledgeable in all areas of the applicable law and a strong written and oral advocate. He is hands-on and makes being responsive a priority."
Chambers USA 2022
"He's a great, hard-working lawyer. He knows how to take complex concepts and state them in a way that is very understandable, which makes him particularly effective."
Chambers USA 2022
"I think Nicholas Centrella is one of the best jury trial lawyers in Philadelphia."
Chambers USA 2021
"Sources describe Nick as 'very determined, persistent and successful.'"
Chambers USA 2020
"Clients note he is 'insightful and thoughtful in his planning and execution on a strategy.'"
"'An excellent trial lawyer' and 'a very talented and very reliable lawyer.'"
Nick and his wife, June, have three sons. Nick has coached his sons at various levels of ice hockey, including a team that reached the Tier II National Championship Tournament. He also currently sits on the board of directors of the hockey club at St. Joseph’s Prep, where two of his sons played high school hockey.