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 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.  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 (copyrighttrademark 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 counsel to clients in the music, television, new media, theater, film, fashion and toy industries on various issues including contract, copyright, trademark, employment law, the right of publicity and defamation. 

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.  In 2020, Nicole graduated from “Rising Star” to Super Lawyer

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

  • Why You Should File Declaration of Incontestability for Your Trademark

    Trademark law provides legal protection to company brands.  However, there are different levels of protection depending on whether the trademark is registered and how it is used and for how long.  Every business should try to meet the requirements for trademark incontestability status because it offers the most advantages in the event of a trademark


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  • When Are Business Owners Personally Liable for the Debts of the Business?

    Many business owners set up their companies as a corporation or other limited liability entity (like an LLC), in part because it allows them to avoid personal liability for the debts of the business.  This protection, however, is not absolute.  In certain circumstances, courts will allow a party to sue the owners of a company


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