NICA STRUNK BIOGRAPHY
The Hamptons have been a part of my life since my grandmother moved to Southampton in 1975, when I was five years old. Although I grew up in Washington, D.C. (where I attended the Sidwell Friends School), my childhood summers were spent with my family in Southampton, riding the waves at Cooper’s Beach, biking the long, hedge-lined lanes, and rummaging through the shelves of Rogers Memorial Library for the next book to devour. Yes, I was — and still am — a book nerd.
As a student, my first focus was on mastering language systems: I became fluent in French in high school and then went on to major in Russian language and literature in college at Columbia University, where I graduated magna cum laude in 1992. Literature was an early and abiding love, and it continues to drive my passion for the written word.
After college, I turned my focus to the law. I was drawn to law because it allowed me to match my natural fascination with logical systems and rules with my devotion to the craft of fine, persuasive writing, and to apply those skills to deep questions of morality and judgment. I earned my law degree in 1996 from Columbia University School of Law, where I was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, articles editor of the Parker School Journal of East European Law, and a moot court student judge.
After graduating from Columbia Law School, I practiced in the litigation department of Ropes & Grey for three years, taking on a major role in the trial and briefing of an important ERISA case then on trial in the Southern District of New York. In 1999, I relocated full-time to Southampton.
From 1999 to 2013, I practiced in the Riverhead-based law firm Esseks, Hefter & Angel, where the then-senior partner, Bill Esseks, was my longstanding mentor. With Esseks, I was a key player in their busy real-property practice and gained experience in all phases of litigation, from commencement to motions to trials to appeals. I first- and second-chaired a number of trials and successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Appellate Division, Second Department, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In April, 2013, I started my solo practice in Southampton, only two blocks from where I spent my summers with my grandmother almost forty years ago. I am privileged to live and work in this beautiful area, and I take great pleasure in applying my experience and legal skills to help others enjoy it as well.