Nicole M. Murray, Partner


Nicole (Nikki) Murray practices in the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Nikki focuses her practice on branding, advertising, and promotions issues. She also counsels clients on intellectual property issues, including infringement, licensing, and branding. She also counsels clients on marketing and advertising issues arising both in traditional media and on social media platforms. Nikki represents companies in a broad range of industries, including consumer products, advertising, and manufacturing. She assists clients in the acquisition, protection, and exploitation of their intellectual property around the world. Her recent experience includes

  • Counseling clients on how to structure sweepstakes, contests, and promotions and reviewing traditional and social media advertising campaigns for legal compliance.
  • Negotiating trademark license and celebrity spokesperson agreements for a major U.S. home furnishings manufacturer.
  • Negotiating amphitheater sponsorship and naming rights for a food and beverage franchise. 
  • Negotiating of advertising agency and promotion fulfillment agreements for a major U.S. home furnishings manufacturer and a consumer products company. 
  • Advising clients on compliance issues associated with rebates, coupons, and loyalty programs.
  • Advising clients on "green" advertising claims and marketing.
  • Trademark prosecution and counseling, including selecting, clearing, and registering trademarks, as well as representing businesses in trademark oppositions and cancellations.
  • Representing Kos Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded drug company, Nikki successfully enforced the client's well-known ADVICOR trademark against infringement by Andrx's ALTOCOR mark. Andrx changed the name of its drug, recalled the infringing drug, and paid Kos $6 million in settlement. Kos Pharms., Inc. v. Andrx Corp., 369 F.3d 700 (3d Cir. 2004).

Representative Cases

  • Crawford v. Midway Games Inc., (C.D. Cal.) (alleged copyright infringement relating to plaintiff's screenplay)
  • Kos Pharmaceuticals v. Andrx (D.N.J. and 3d Cir.) (prescription drug trademark infringement)
  • Vincent v. City Colleges of Chicago (N.D. Ill.) (alleged trademark infringement)
  • Doheny Enterprises, Inc. v. R&P Pools, Inc., (N.D. Ill. and 7th Cir.) (trade secret misappropriation) 
  • Stan Winston v. Midway Games Inc. (C.D. Cal. and Cal. Superior Court) (alleged breach of contract relating to licensing of Area 51 video game property)
  • Murata Mfg. Co. v. Bel Fuse, Inc. (N.D. Ill.) (infringement of modular jack patent) 
  • Andrew Corp. v. Beverly Mfg. Co. (N.D. Ill.) (patent infringement related to patents for cable transmission line hangers and grounding clips used in wireless networks)

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • Purdue University (B.S., 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • International Trademark Association (Member)
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (2010–2011, 2013–present: Intellectual Property)