Nicole Haimson Associate




Nicole Haimson is an experienced litigator, and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology team, who focuses her practice on intellectual property; art law; privacy; cyber/media law; commercial; employment; and professional liability matters. She has considerable experience in both federal and state court, with mediation techniques and in conducting complex e-discovery.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Nicole worked at another prominent law firm and at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where she gained substantial federal practice experience defending lawsuits against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and New York State Office of Mental Health. Nicole continues to represent governmental employees and agencies, including DOCCS and Mental Hygiene Legal Services, when the AG’s office encounters conflicts.

Areas of Focus

Intellectual Property
Nicole handles a variety of intellectual property matters, including litigation related to copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and rights of publicity; trademark prosecution; and other transactional work. In 2012, she received an ABA and Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law. 

Art Law
Nicole provides reliable legal counsel to participants in the creation, licensing, sale, lending, gifting, merchandising and displaying of art. She also leverages her education in art history, knowledge of the impact of public art on blighted communities, and general passion for the arts as a contributor to the firm’s Art Law Perspectives blog. 

Privacy Law
Nicole counsels clients regarding compliance with federal and state laws and regulations on consumer data privacy, which includes drafting Privacy Policies; performing privacy program audits; advising on the establishment of internal privacy protocols; advising on the necessary procedures for compliant responses to consumer privacy requests/ data subject access requests (DSARs); and training employees on privacy and data collection topics. 

Cyber / Media
Nicole helps her clients monitor their online content for infringing material and compliance with state and federal laws. She prepares internet-related documents including Terms of Use and Accessibility Policies and handles disputes involving domain names; reputational risks; defamation; trade libel; and website inaccessibility pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state statutes. 

Commercial / Employment
Nicole handles complex commercial and breach of contract lawsuits; shareholder and partnership disputes; and claims involving financial improprieties by companies, breach of fiduciary duty by corporate directors and officers, business defamation, unfair business practices and non-compete agreements. She defends employers against claims involving alleged illegal employment practices, such as discrimination, retaliation and failure to accommodate. Nicole also handles corporate transactional matters, including drafting and amending of corporate by-laws, meeting minutes and employment contracts, and counseling clients regarding lawful employment practices. 

Professional Liability
Nicole represents and defends professionals, including directors and officers, health care professionals, and architects and engineers, in a wide variety of claims, including alleged negligence, misconduct, breach of the standard of care, and general errors and omissions.