Michael S. Nadel - McDermott Will & Emery


Michael S. Nadel is a first-chair trial attorney, litigator, and advisor to businesses and ultra-high-net-worth families. Michael solves clients’ most difficult and sensitive problems.

Michael has won numerous jury verdicts and bench trials in federal and state courts around the country. He has won high-profile cases and arbitrations involving breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, patent and trademark infringement, unfair competition, defamation, deceptive trade practices, and the False Claims Act. Michael won the first jury verdict obtained by any litigant under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the federal trade secret statute.

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  • Allscripts Healthcare v. Decision Resources Group / Clarivate (D. Mass.)—Lead trial counsel in for plaintiff in contract dispute involving licensing of de-identified electronic health records data and health claims data (Real World Data). Won jury verdict for breach of contract following three-week trial. Defeated all counterclaims. Prevailed in post-trial injunction proceeding. Won award of attorneys’ fees.
  • Dalmatia Import Group, Inc. v. FoodMatch, Inc. (E.D. Pa.)—Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in a case involving misappropriation of trade secrets and trademark infringement. Won four-week jury trial. After verdict, won trebling of damages and secured permanent injunction.
  • Seale et al. v. Cathedral View LLC (Va.)—Lead trial counsel defending a family trust and related business entities against claims of fraud and breach of contract. Won full defense jury verdict following two-week jury trial.
  • Blackboard Inc. v. Desire2Learn Inc. (E.D. Tex.)—Lead counsel for plaintiff in high-profile Edtech intellectual property dispute involving online learning management systems. Won jury verdict on all claims following two-week trial. Secured permanent injunction against leading competitor.

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  • Washington, DC, Super Lawyer 2013 to 2021
  • The Legal 500 United States 2018


  • B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), past national board member and DC board chairperson
  • Repair the World, past member of board of directors


George Washington University Law School, JD, with honors, 1999
University of Pennsylvania, BA, cum laude, 1996

District of Columbia

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