Nicholas J. Zidik

Partner / Pittsburgh, PA

NICHOLAS J. ZIDIK is a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh Regional Office. Mr. Zidik received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, summa cum laude, in 2000 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2003. While in law school, Mr. Zidik was a staff member and Recent Decisions editor on the Duquesne Law Review, and was published twice in the publication. He was ranked first in his class throughout his first and second years of law school and thereby received the full-tuition James P. McCardle Memorial Scholarship for 2001-02 and the full-tuition Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence in 2002-03. He was also awarded the CALI Excellence Award in Research & Writing, Property, Torts, Criminal Law and Federal Courts during his time at Duquesne.

Following law school and immediately prior to joining Swartz Campbell, Mr. Zidik served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Christopher J. St. John in the Court of Common Pleas of Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Zidik now concentrates his practice in civil defense litigation in both state and federal court, including defense of construction claims, product liability actions, toxic tort litigation, commercial and contract law, municipal law, insurance law, and others areas of civil defense. His work in these areas has earned him recognition- he has been named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers- Rising Stars for 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Zidik is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Beyond his practice with Swartz Campbell, Mr. Zidik serves as a part-time adjunct professor of law at the Duquesne University School of Law, teaching legal research and writing to first-year law students. He resides East of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Municipal
  • Public Official Liability
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • 2003 Pennsylvania
  • 2015 West Virginia


  • 2003 Duquesne University School of Law Pittsburgh, PA J.D. Magna Cum Laude
  • 2000 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pennsylvania B.A. Summa Cum Laude

Professional Organizations/Affiliations

Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court United States Western District of Pennsylvania


  • Nicholas J. Zidik, Case Note, Ferguson v. City of Charleston, 532 U.S. 67 (2001) , 40 Duq. L. Rev. 743 (2002)
  • Nicholas J. Zidik, Comment, Sitting as "Superarbitrators" or According "Great Deference?" Pennsylvania Courts and the Essence Test Under PERA Since State Sys. of Higher Educ. (Cheyney Univ.) v. State Coll. and Univ. Prof'l Ass'n (PSEA-NEA), 41 Duq. L. Rev. 579 (2003)

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers- Rising Stars -2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • CALI Excellence Awards in: Research & Writing, Property, Torts, Criminal Law, and Federal Courts
  • Dean's Scholarship for Excellence - Ranked 1st in class after second year, 2002
  • James P. McArdle Memorial Scholarship - Ranked 1st in Class after first year, 2001

CONTACT Nicholas J. Zidik / (412) 560-3265 (phone) / (412) 471-1107 (fax)