Stephanie J. Nelson

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Stephanie Nelson focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation and post-grant review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her 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. Additionally, she is skilled at patent portfolio valuation and helping clients monetize their patent portfolios.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • Chicago Women in IP: Professional Development Committee Chair
  • CBA L.E.A.D Committee: Co-Chair
  • 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