Daniel A. Nicholas


Daniel A. Nicholas is a founding partner of Nicholas & Bell, P.A. He has 22 years of multiple disciplinary litigation experience in the areas of corporate, business, receivership, bankruptcy, petroleum, securities, construction, and anti-trust. Mr. Nicholas has handled a sundry of complex litigation for national and local clients in both the public and private sectors. He has obtained jury verdicts of excess of $100M in state and federal trials for the nation’s largest banks, developers, and health care clients. He frequently represents real estate developers and health care clients in matters of administrative proceeding.

His practice is highly concentrated in the health care industry. He has substantial regulatory expertise that includes Federal Anti-Kickback, Stark, Medicare, Medicaid, HIPAA, FDA regulations, The Affordable Care Act, as well as the operational and compliance issues facing the ever-changing health care industry.

Mr. Nicholas has spoken regularly throughout the United States in an array of litigation and healthcare issues and has frequently lectured at the Lyndon B. Johnson Center for Public Policy, and appeared on numerous television and radio shows on matters of professional malpractice and consumer protection.

Areas of Experience:

  • Healthcare Licensure and Regulatory Compliance
  • Healthcare litigation
  • Hospital and health systems
  • Medicare/Medicaid Third Party Reimbursement
  • Business Litigation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Real Property
  • Consumer Class Action
  • Professional Malpractice

Published Works and Lectures

Jacksonville Business Journal, “FDIC Takeovers and Loan Defense”, published March 1992
Jacksonville Business Journal, “Solvency Tests”, published June 1993.
Avoiding Insurance Arbitration, with McKaren Ferguson, Speaker, January 2007.
The American Academy of Medical Management, Speaker, “ORG Fraud”, November 2005.
The American Academy of Medical Management, Speaker, “Physician Recruitment Contracts and Non-Competes”, September 2006
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Speaker, “Avoiding Arbitration and Insurance Disputes with McKaren Ferguson”, February 2006
National Employment Journal, Covenants Not to Compete, Speaker, “Current Conflicts and Issues”, July 2004
Lyndon B. Johnson Policy Center, Speaker, “Preemption of State Law by Medicare Advantage Plans”, June 2006
Lyndon B. Johnson Policy Center (?), Speaker, “Fee for Service Risk Bearing Entity”, November 2006
National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Speaker, ”Preemption of Receivorship by MMA”, February 2007
American Health Lawyers Association, Speaker, “Modern Risk Bearing Entities Under the MMA”, January 2008
Florida Association of Managed Care Professionals, Speaker, September 2006


Jacksonville University, B.S. in Business Administration and Political Science, Blue Key, Summa Cum Laude, 1983
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., five book awards, trial team, Summa Cum Laude, 1989


Florida Bar
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Jacksonville Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Trial Bar of the United States District Courts
United States District Court, Fifth Circuit

Related Professional Experience

Downtown Development Authority, Development Director for Central Business District Development, 1986-1987
Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Specialist, 1984-1985
National Business Institute, Certified Financial Planner, 1982-1984

Mr. Nicholas is active in the United Way, Hospice, and Big Brothers and Habitat for Humanity and various Hospice organizations.