Nicholas J. Nowak
1101 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Nicholas J. Nowak is a trial lawyer and director in Sterne Kessler’s Trial & Appellate Practice Group. For over 20 years, he has focused on representing clients in complex patent and trademark matters in federal courts and in investigations before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). Nick’s clients have included industry leaders in the pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, electronics, and software industries. Nick’s practice also includes anti-counterfeiting and trademark enforcement as well as developing novel anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies for his clients. Nick has been ranked in the prestigious World Trademark Review’s (WTR) annual "WTR 1000" consecutively since 2023. n the 2024 edition, the editors applauded Nick for his excellent relationship-building skills specifically commenting that he is "a confident and persuasive advocate who is highly commercial and meticulous in his approach."
Nick has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation process, from pleading, discovery, motions practice and claim construction proceedings in the district courts to appeals. He leverages this broad experience to develop and implement creative case strategies to achieve his clients’ business objectives. He has served as trial counsel in multiple proceedings and has handled and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Nick is also a key member of in the firm’s high-profile ITC practice. He has successfully represented complainants and respondents in investigations involving their most important products in numerous high-stakes investigations before the ITC.
Since no two clients are alike, Nick works closely with each of his clients to craft litigation strategies designed to fit their individual legal and business-related needs and takes a proactive approach to case management to communicate issues clearly and resolve them early. He brings a relentless focus on obtaining the best possible outcomes for his clients.