McDermott Bolsters Intellectual Property Litigation Practice

McDermott Bolsters Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with Atlanta Partner Steeped in High-Stakes Experience


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced that Shane Nichols has joined the Firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice as partner. He joins a team of business savvy, technically skilled IP lawyers led by IP partner Jeffrey Toney in our recently opened Atlanta office, as well as recent joiners Michael Siekman and Jenny Chen in Boston.

“Our global clients count on relentless advocacy—the ability to provide innovative solutions and maximize value at every stage of the IP lifecycle. Shane’s experience aligns with these pillars and adds strength to every facet of our IP litigation practice,” said Bill Gaede, leader of the Firm’s global intellectual property practice. “His unique background as an electrical engineer with broad industry experience, particularly with technologies related to the food and beverage, telecom, and petrochemical industries, deepens our strength in resolving high-tech litigation for our clients. His work in medical device litigation broadens our leading life sciences practice. I am thrilled to have Shane join our team.”

“I’m excited to join McDermott and help expand the Firm’s IP presence in Atlanta,” Shane said. “In the increasingly competitive IP landscape, it is vital for firms to help clients seamlessly navigate the unexpected, and McDermott is best in the business at that. I look forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”

Shane focuses on a broad range of intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation and trade secrets litigation. He is a long-time member of the Board of Directors for Public Broadcasting Atlanta (NPR and PBS). Shane teaches trial techniques to law students at Emory University and he is active in several professional associations, including previously serving as a chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Shane received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from Emory University School of Law.

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