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Nina is counsel in the firm's Intellectual Property Group, focusing on patent and trademark portfolio management, transactional matters, and intellectual property enforcement. Nina has represented clients in a wide range of trademark, patent, copyright, and trade secret matters and oversees domestic and international trademark and patent portfolios for clients in a variety of industries. She also has significant experience with trademark clearance, registration, enforcement, licensing, counseling, and technology transactions. A registered patent attorney with a broad business and technical background, including a degree in chemical engineering, Nina provides practical and solution-driven advice to technology innovators as it relates to product development and emerging technologies, establishing a foundation for success. She also has nearly ten years of business experience in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing prior to beginning her legal career with Reed Smith.


  • DePaul University College of Law, 2006, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, 1996, B.S., Chemical Engineering
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001, Professional Certificate, Fermentation Technology

  • Kalifornien
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

  • Treasurer, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Board of Directors, 2009-2011
  • Chair, IPLAC Website Committee, 2011-2013
  • Co-Chair, IPLAC Women in IP Committee, 2007-2009
  • Co-Chair, IPLAC Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Committee, 2006-2007
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers