Stephan J. Nickels is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Stephan has significant experience in trust and estate litigation, shareholder disputes, securities law and IP litigation.
He has tried cases before numerous state and federal courts, as well as the American Arbitration Association, and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal and Seventh Circuits.
Stephan is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and IP Litigation Practices. He is also chair of the Madison Office Litigation Department.
Prior to joining Foley, Stephan worked as an associate in the office of Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, Minn.
Representative Experience :
Stephan’s recent accomplishments include the following:
- $12 million victory in a complex shareholder dispute for a closely held business
- Multi-million dollar win in a dispute over the distribution of trust assets
Stephan earned his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Marquette University Law School in 2000. While at Marquette, he won a national moot court competition. Stephan earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1996.
Stephan is admitted to practice before the United States Patent Office, the state courts in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the federal courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the District of Minnesota.
Representative Matters :
- Represented a leading manufacturing company in an action brought by an internet reseller of its products challenging the client’s internet reseller policy.
- The reseller alleged that the client’s actions constituted a breach of contract, tortious interference by the client in the alleged contract between the reseller and the client distributor from which it purchased, tortious interference with prospective contracts between the reseller and its customers, unjust enrichment, and injurious falsehoods.
- Represented a refrigerator and kitchen appliance manufacturer client in a dispute involving defective parts provided by a supplier.
- The one-week jury trial ended in a jury verdict in favor of our client with an award of damages equaling 100 percent of the amount requested.
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