Nicholas O. McCann (206) 607-4122 Assistant: Debbie Groth (206) 607-4195
Civil & Commercial Litigation | Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Nick McCann joined Carney Badley Spellman in 2018. His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation.  Nick’s litigation experience includes transportation law and all aspects of general liability and tort defense.

Prior to joining the firm, Nick worked in the Chicago office of a national law firm. There, Nick handled civil and commercial cases of varying types and complexities, in state and federal courts from the inception of a case through trial.

Representative Transportation Experience:

  • Emergency Response Investigations
  • Regulatory Investigation Response
  • Catastrophic Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Defense
  • Cargo Loss and Damage Claims

Representative Litigation Experience

  • Breach of Contract
  • General Liability and Casualty Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Product Liability Defense


  • JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, cum laude, 2010
  • BA, University of Colorado, Political Science, 2007

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • State of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Professional Associations

  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals
  • Transportation and Logistics Council, Past Member
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Past Co-Chair of the Legal & Regulatory Compliance Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Past Co-Chair of the Public Outreach Committee for the Wills for Heroes Program
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Young Professionals Board, Past Member

Pro Bono

  • Wills for Heroes Program
  • Guardian Ad Litem – Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • 1983 Litigation – N.D. IL Pro Bono Program

Publications and Presentations

  • Skillfully Using the Business Records Exception to the Hearsay Rule, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar, May 26, 2016
  • The “Seller’s Exception” Defense to Product Liability Actions, 103 Ill. Bar J. 40 (2015)
  • Tips for Authenticating Social Media Evidence, 100 Ill. Bar J. 481 (2012)
  • Federal Law Enforcement in the Home Mortgage Lending Market Enhanced by the “Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009,” 22 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 354 (2010)