Nicole Haff | Litigation Partner - Romano Law

Nicole Haff

Litigation Partner

NH Bio

Admitted

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

University

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

Others

Nicole Haff is a Partner and Chair of the Litigation Department. Nicole is a civil litigator with over a decade of experience representing businesses (and their officers, directors and founders), as well as professionals and creative people in disputes before the federal and state trial courts.  She has also 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, copyrighttrademark and unfair competition law, civil fraud (including claims asserted under the civil RICO statute), breach of fiduciary and defamation.

Nicole also provides legal counsel to clients in the music, television, new media, publishing, theater, film, modeling, fashion and toy industries.

Prior to joining Romano Law, her experience included working for two international law firms. 

In 2020 and 2021, Nicole was named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.  Previously, she was included on the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list for four consecutive years.

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.  

She has been quoted by Forbes, Time Magazine, E! News and other publications.  

Nicole is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She has also represented clients in proceedings, with permission of the Court, in the U.S. District Court  for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the State of Florida.

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. She resides with her family in Manhattan.

Blog Entries

  • Confession of Judgment in New York

    Updated: January 25, 2022 A confession of judgment is an instrument used to secure the full payment of an agreed upon settlement amount.  It often arises when one party to a settlement agreement has concerns about the other party’s ability to provide full payment.  Usually, this is in instances where the settlement amount is broken


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  • False Advertising

    Competitors Can Sue Each Other For False Advertising? When a company makes misleading or false claims about its products or services, it may obtain an unfair advantage over other businesses and harm consumers.  As a result, “false advertising” is prohibited under federal and state laws governing unfair competition and consumer protection.  The consequences of violating


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  • “What is Intellectual Property?” – Nicole Haff on Getting Schooled with Abby Hornacek

    Nicole Haff joins Abby Hornacek of Fox News Radio’s Getting Schooled  to discuss the basics of intellectual property law and review examples of IP cases in the news today.  The conversation begins with some background – at the basic level intellectual property is intangible property derived from human intellect.  Nicole also shares some of the


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  • Can You Trademark a Personal Name?

    Many people will use their personal name when naming their business.  This can be problematic because personal names are only eligible for trademark protection if they meet certain criteria. When Can a Personal Name Be Trademarked? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies a brand.  It is a source identifier that


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  • What is Trademark Infringement?

    Trademark law protects the name, logo, slogan, packaging and other identifying features that brands use to distinguish their goods or services from the goods and services of others. Not all trademarks, however, are entitled to protection.  If you believe that another party is using your trademark, or a confusingly similar trademark, without your permission or


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  • What is Copyright Infringement?

    If you have created a piece of art, written a story, or composed a song, you do not want someone else to steal, copy or profit from it.  The purpose of copyright law is to protect original works of authorship from a third party using your work without your permission.  Unlawful use of your copyrighted work constitutes


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  • Was Your Trademark Rejected for Failure to Function?

    Registering your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a good practice because it gives you the enhanced ability to enforce your rights against trademark infringers.  However, not all trademarks qualify for registration.  One reason your trademark may be rejected is because of its “failure to function” as a source identifier.


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  • What is Copyright Fair Use?

    Ever wonder how your favorite YouTube star can create a parody of a hit song without obtaining the permission of the artist of the original work?  Or how a teacher can distribute photocopies of a book to her students without the author suing for copyright infringement?  The answer lies in the fair use doctrine.  The


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  • What Constitutes a Bona Fide Trademark Use in Commerce?

    Trademarks are valuable assets to a company, but not all business names, logos, and other identifiers are trademarkable.  Among the requirements for a valid trademark are that the owner makes bona fide use of the trademark in commerce.  Unfortunately, the definition of bona fide use in commerce can be confusing leaving some business owners with


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