Stephanie J. Nelson

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Stephanie Nelson has broad experience in intellectual property strategy and litigation. Her areas of concentration include patent and trade secret litigation, post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Appeal Board and patent portfolio valuation and management. She has experience in a wide range of technologies including software, mechanical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Stephanie's background in biomedical engineering benefits her role as a core member of patent litigation teams that have secured victories at many stages of litigation, including summary judgment and preliminary injunction. Stephanie has also advised clients on managing trade secret risk and has secured victories in trade secret litigations.

Stephanie has experience in all aspects of litigation, including motions to dismiss, Markman hearings, depositions, fact discovery, expert discovery, summary judgment and other pretrial motions. 

Select Experience

  • Represented software developer client in a month-long trial in the Northern District of Illinois. Jury rendered verdict in favor of client.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • ChiWIP: Committee Member
  • ChiPs
  • Linn Inn

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: Patent Examining Extern (2013)
  • Lab for Engineering Education and Development (LEED): Lab Assistant (2010 to 2012)


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


  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2015; Associate Editor, Journal of Intellectual Property
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 2012