Michael A. Nicodema is a shareholder in GT’s New Jersey office. Mike is an experienced trial lawyer, and has tried patent and trade secret cases in a variety of subject matter areas, including internet technology, consumer products, orthopedic implants, industrial and commercial mechanical devices, and chemical and biological processes used in the nutritional supplement industry. He is also a seasoned appellate advocate in patent cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”). In addition to intellectual property cases, Mike has tried cases involving breach of contract disputes, unfair competition, probate and will contests, products liability cases involving complex scientific evidence, employment disputes, and civil rights issues. Mike’s diverse trial experience has enabled him to develop the thematic and storytelling skills so critical to persuasive advocacy before a jury.
Mike is a Steering Committee member of GT’s Trial Practice Group and co-leader of GT’s Federal Circuit Practice group. He is also a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), and a lead faculty member of GT's Litigation Academy, which provides intensive in-house training programs in jury trials, expert witness preparation, deposition practice, motion practice and mediation.
Mike has been recognized by organizations such as Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) magazine, The Best Lawyers in New York, New Jersey Super Lawyers, Law360, and The Legal 500 United States. In 2011, Mike was named to IAM magazine's “Patent Litigation 250: The World’s Leading Patent Litigators,” based on peer and client interviews. IAM wrote: “Experienced trial attorney Michael Nicodema is the key contact in New Jersey. Clients think extremely highly of him: “He gets us results we cannot get from other attorneys. He is always well prepared, addresses the core issues very well and persuades the court effectively on our behalf.” In 2012, IAM published an expanded list of the 1000 “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners,” and Mike was once again named to the list. IAM wrote about Mike: “He is a ‘totally prepared and accomplished storyteller’ in court and proves ‘equally adept at explaining the intricacies of the technology and the law to business folk.’” In 2013 and 2014, IAM again ranked Mike as a top intellectual property litigator, writing in 2013 that “Michael Nicodema tries a lot of patent cases; his dynamic narrative style plays very well with juries.” Also in 2013, GT’s Appeals & Legal Issues Group was recognized by The Legal 500 United States, and Mike was named for his work in the Federal Circuit. Mike has recently authored two articles on effective jury trial techniques and appellate advocacy skills in patent cases: "Theater Tips For Patent Jury Trials: A View From The Trenches" for the Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey (NJCCA) Chapter on December 9, 2011 and "Your 15 Minutes: 5 Tips For Arguing In The Fed. Circ.," for Law360 on January 13, 2012. In 2014, IAM 1000 again ranked Mike as a top intellectual property litigator, writing that "the silver-tongued trial lawyer Michael Nicodema is at the forefront of his litigation practice. With a gift for telling a compelling narrative, he nets great results in and out of the courtroom."
- Trial practice
- Patent litigation
- Trade secret litigation
- General commercial litigation
- Appellate practice in the Federal Circuit