Nick Nelson is an associate in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. His practice focuses on trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation and all facets of media law. Nick is a member of Haynes and Boone's Intellectual Property Litigation and Social Media Practice Groups. Nick developed the "Legal Spanish" app for the iPhone to assist attorneys in providing services to Spanish-speaking clients. Prior to law school, Nick was a newspaper reporter, and he has written on the subjects of media law and the First Amendment.
- Served as second chair in a two-week jury trial, representing an international oilfield service company in a misappropriation of trade secrets action brought against a former employee, and obtained a unanimous jury verdict on all claims.
- Represented a European pharmaceutical company during a trademark cancellation proceeding at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
- Provided research and strategic support as part of the successful defense of a national media company sued for copyright infringement.
- "Intellectual Property Law," SMU Law Review, 64 S.M.U. L. Rev. 367 (Winter 2011).
- "Social Media, Speech And The Schoolhouse," co-author with David Bell, Law360, August 11, 2011.
Pro Bono Activities
- Prevailed in a forcible detainer trial, allowing an elderly client to retake possession of her home.
- Worked with the Human Rights Initiative to assist a client in applying for a visa under the federal Violence Against Women Act.
- Co-founded Rosemont Dad's Club, a non-profit that supports Rosemont Primary School in Dallas.
Selected Representative Experience
02/06/2014 - Media and Entertainment Law Newsletter, February 2014
The Media and Entertainment Newsletter highlights current issues in Media and Entertainment Law. Articles featured in the February 2014 issue include:
02/06/2014 - First Amendment Protections Aren't Just for the Press, Ninth Circuit Says
When blogging became mainstream, many wondered if blogging would have an effect on the legal protections afforded to professional journalists.
09/20/2012 - Media Law Resource Center Guest Article: Texas Appeals Court Applies Reporter’s Privilege in the Defamation Context
A Texas court of appeals has ruled that even without the protection of the state’s new shield law, a journalist sued for libel has a qualified First Amendment privilege not to divulge confidential sources. Nelson, et al. v. Pagan, et al., No. 05- 09-01380-CV (Tex. Civ. App.—Dallas Aug. 8, 2012) (Morris, Francis, and Lang-Miers, JJ.).
08/11/2011 - Law360 Guest Column: Social Media, Speech And The Schoolhouse
The U.S. Supreme Court soon will have the opportunity to consider the extent to which the First Amendment protects student use of social media sites and blogs off campus.