Nicole Haff

Litigation Partner

NH Bio


New York (2008)

District of Columbia (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2009)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2015)


Law School

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2007)

The Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law, Articles and Notes Editor


State University of New York, University at Albany, B.A., summa cum laude (2003)

Nicole is a litigator with over a decade of experience representing businesses, professionals, and creative people in disputes before the federal and state trial courts, as well in arbitral forums.  In addition to representing clients before the trial courts, she has argued, or has played a central role in, successful appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division and New York Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court).

Nicole’s experience is broad and includes matters relating to breach of contract, intellectual property disputes (copyright, trademark, and unfair competition), civil fraud claims (including claims asserted under the civil RICO statute), breach of fiduciary duty claims, business defamation, and the breach of non-competitive agreements.

Nicole also provides legal advice and counsel to clients in the music, theater, film and toy industries.

Prior to joining Romano Law, Nicole worked for two international law firms and New York legal boutiques.  She has been selected to Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Only 2.5% of attorneys in the New York metropolitan area receive this distinction. 

Nicole is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Council on Intellectual Property and the Fashion Law Committee.  In the past, she has been a member of the City’s Bar’s Information Technology & Cyber Law Committee.  She has also served as co-chair of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Outside of the law, Nicole enjoys traveling and spending time near the water. She is a PADI certified diver, amateur surfer, and lover of all beach-related activities.      

Blog Entries

  • What to Do If Your Business Is Sued in New York

    An introduction to how lawsuits are commenced in New York, and the steps you should take if your business is sued Lawsuits are becoming an ever-increasing presence in the business landscape. In one study, 43 percent of small business owners reported that their company had been engaged with, or threatened with, a civil suit.  Other

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  • Breach of Contract: What Makes a Case Worth Pursuing?

    Before pursuing a breach of contract lawsuit, it is important to clearly assess the chances of success, the applicable damages, and other factors Few things are more frustrating for a business owner than having a client or vendor breach a contract. The other party failing to live up to its end of the bargain can

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