Nikola R. Djuric

Nikola R. Djuric

Atlanta, Georgia

Nick Djuric joined The Bowden Spratt Law Firm as a shareholder in 2017 after practicing trusts and estates law for 21 years at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (formerly Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP). Nick advises clients on estate planning-including the preparation of wills and trust instruments and tax and succession planning for closely held businesses. Nick practices primarily in estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax; wills, trusts, and administration of estates; tax controversies; fiduciary litigation; and private foundations. In particular, he works closely with private family offices and their professional advisors on multigenerational estate planning.

As chair of the Legislation Committee and the Trust Code Revision Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section, Nick has been active for many years in the reform of Georgia's law of trusts and estates.

Nick was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up near Orlando, Florida. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1992. He received his law degree cum laude in 1995 from the Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the winning team of the 83rd Ames Moot Court Competition.

Nick has served as an adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law School and Georgia State University College of Law. Before he began practicing law, Nick was a law clerk for Chief Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Nick is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a former chair of the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section, former chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Section, former president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, and former chair of the Planning Giving Advisory Board of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. He is a member of the board of directors of the Georgia Federal Tax Conference and the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center.

Nick is a parishioner of the Cathedral of Christ the King, where he serves as a lector and a catechist in the Parish School of Religion. He is a former chair of the board of directors of Catholic Charities Atlanta.

Nick is married to the former Michelle DeBortoli from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was a law clerk for Judge J. Owen Forrester of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for 14 years. They have three children and live in Atlanta.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Law

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1996


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - 1995
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1992

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected as a "Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star"
  • Atlanta Bar Assoc. Estate Planning & Probate Section Inaugural Distinguished Service Award, 2012 - Present
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation's S. Phillip Heiner Award, 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section's Verner F. Chaffin Career Service Award, 2017 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Chair, Estate Planning & Probate Section, 2008 - 2009
  • State Bar of Georgia, Chair, Fiduciary Law Section, 2010 - 2011
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council, President, 2013 - 2014
  • Georgia Federal Tax Conference, Director
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Law Clerk
  • John Marshall Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Georgia State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, Attorney, 1996 - 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Georgia Heirs Property Law Center


  • English