Nicholas is a registered patent attorney and an associate in the firm’s intellectual property department. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts across the country. Nicholas is experienced in all aspects of pre-trial litigation in complex patent cases, as well as inter partes review at the US Patent and Trademark Office, appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, trade secrets cases in Florida courts, and trademark disputes before the Southern District of Florida.
Prior to joining Carey Rodriguez, Nicholas started his career at the Washington, DC, office of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, where he represented and counseled some of the biggest pharmaceutical, chemical, and automotive companies in the world. While there, the firm won Managing Intellectual Property’s “U.S. Specialty IP Firm of the Year,” LMG Life Sciences’s “Patent Strategy Firm of the Year,” and National Law Journal’s “IP Litigation Department of the Year.” For his work, Nicholas was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Outside of IP, Nicholas has represented clients at hearings before the Social Security Administration and appeals to the SSA’s Appeals Council. In addition, Nicholas has successfully counseled veterans through the process of appealing unfavorable service-connected disability ratings.
Prior to beginning his practice, Nicholas served as the Editor-in-Chief of the American University Law Review and won the 2016 IDEA Student IP Writing Competition. Before law school, Nicholas conducted graduate research probing the molecular structure of certain biological micelles. In particular, he used mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the aggregation of numerous bile salts, which aid in the absorption of lipids and fat-soluble vitamins.