Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Nicole R. Townes
By considering every angle, I create and execute practical and effective legal strategies for my clients.

Nicole R. Townes


At a Glance

  • J.D. Vanderbilt University Law School
  • B.S. Engineering Sciences & Economics, Vanderbilt University

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California

Professional Profile 

Nicole Townes represents a wide range of clients in trademark, trade dress, copyright and licensing counseling and litigation, and false advertising, unfair competition, trade secret and patent litigation. Her practice includes domestic and international trademark selection and clearance, prosecution, and procurement.  She is also responsible for managing worldwide trademark portfolios and enforcement for a number of large clients.  Nicole’s practice includes representing clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  In addition, Nicole has experience assisting clients in combatting counterfeit and gray market goods and working with customs.  She also has experience with domain name disputes and notice and takedown procedures for social media sites and domestic and foreign ecommerce websites. 

Clients and colleagues appreciate Nicole’s dedication to responsiveness, as well as her ability to carefully analyze an issue.  An effective communicator, Nicole ensures that her clients realistically understand all of the possible approaches to solving their problem.  Nicole is a proven and persuasive writer and advocate.

Nicole has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and clients across a diverse range of industries, including, for example, food and beverage, fashion and beauty, home furnishings, entertainment, software, engineering services, and medical device.  Nicole has been involved in obtaining favorable outcomes for clients through mediation and arbitration proceedings and negotiated settlements.  Determined, persistent and hard-working, Nicole is committed to assisting her clients with their legal needs and to achieving the best possible outcome for them.

Nicole serves on the firm’s Diversity and Recruiting committees.  She is also a contributor to the firm’s Fashion and Beauty Blog.  Nicole is the Secretary of the Orange County Bar Association Intellectual Property Section and a board member of the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association. 

Nicole externed for the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.  In law school, Nicole served as executive authorities editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D. 2010)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.S. Engineering Sciences & Economics 2007), magna cum laude
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