Nicole Haff | Litigation Partner | Romano Law

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

  • Are Ideas Protected by Copyright Law?

    If you have a great idea for a movie or product and want to pitch it to someone, how can you keep the idea from being stolen? Alternatively, if someone comes to you unsolicited with an idea, do you have to pay them for using it?  Many people think you can copyright an idea and

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  • Age Discrimination in Employment

    Many people think of age discrimination as only affecting the elderly. However, the age at which an employee is protected from discrimination impacts a significant portion of the working population under federal law.  New York law takes a step further safeguarding most employees regardless of age.  The best way to minimize age discrimination claims is

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  • Is Breach of a Licensing Agreement Considered a Breach of Contract or Copyright Infringement?

    Most adults have entered into a licensing agreement, sometimes without realizing it. It may have been in the context of a business arrangement to gain permission to use someone’s intellectual property or in a consumer setting relating to software or online subscription services. Is a breach of a licensing agreement considered a breach of contract

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