Nicole Johnson


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2015, Ecology Law Quarterly

B.S., Environmental Science, Saint Mary's College of California, 2012, magna cum laude

  • Environmental Law Clerk, Alameda County District Attorney, May–November 2013


California, 2015

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


Nicole Johnson is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone. Nicole focuses her practice on patent litigation and trademark enforcement. She has worked on a variety of IP matters relating to automotive and fitness technology, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), mechanical devices, LED lighting, telecommunications, and ridesharing. Nicole has also published articles relating to obviousness and post-grant review.

In addition to her IP litigation practice, Nicole devotes a great deal of time to pro bono matters in partnership with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County to represent of survivors of domestic violence and vulnerable, low-income tenants facing eviction. Nicole is also involved in the firm’s pro bono family reunification efforts at the border.

Nicole is deeply committed to the Native American community and is a member of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian tribe. She serves on her tribe’s Scholarship Committee which creates and implements various policies to promote education to tribal youth and oversees the distribution of scholarships for all levels of education. She also serves on the Young Lawyers Committee of the National Native American Bar Association and is a member of the California Indian Law Association.

Before joining the firm, Nicole attended the University of California, Berkeley Law School where she served as President of the Native American Law Students Association and on the staff of Ecology Law Quarterly.

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