A. Shane Nichols - McDermott Will & Emery


A. Shane Nichols focuses on helping clients find the most effective and efficient strategies for resolving patent infringement and trade secret disputes. Shane serves as lead litigation and trial counsel for clients across several industries, including the food and beverage, telecom, and petrochemical industries. In addition to his trial court experience, he has made arguments before the US Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit.

Shane is consistently recognized by leading legal directories for his skill in intellectual property litigation, including Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and IAM Patent 1000. Shane teaches a trial techniques course to law students at Emory University, every year.


  • Defended The Coca-Cola Company’s victory on summary judgment of non-infringement against an appeal by Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations; Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company (US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)*
  • Defended Cox Communications against infringement allegations brought by Castlemorton Wireless, LLC, Synchview Technologies, LLC, and Contemporary Display, LLC (US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and US District Court for the District of Delaware)*
  • Defeated Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations’ patent infringement claims on summary judgment of non-infringement, completely disposing of all claims in the district court Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company, US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (transferred from the Southern District of Florida)*

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  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property (Georgia), 2014-2022
  • Legal 500 US 2021 and 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation: Intellectual Property, 2015-2023
  • Super Lawyers Georgia, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2010-2020
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2022


  • Board of Directors, Public Broadcasting Atlanta
  • Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia (Executive Committee, Past Chair)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

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Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1997
Vanderbilt University, B.S (Electrical Engineering, Mathematics), 1990

The United States Supreme Court
The United States Court for Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Southern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of Georgia
Middle District of Georgia
United States Patent and Trademark Office