Nicholas M. Lagerwall



Nicholas Lagerwall is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Electronics Practice.

Nicholas’ practice focuses on assisting clients in protecting their technology. He has created and managed valuable patent portfolios for numerous companies in both the electronics and mechanical technology spaces. In particular, Nicholas has significant patent prosecution and counseling experience in the areas of medical devices, imaging devices and systems, wireless and wired communication protocols and systems, optical networks, computer hardware and software, semiconductor devices and fabrication, control systems, and mechanical devices and connectors.

In addition, he has significant experience in district court litigation as well as a variety of post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office representing both patent owners and petitioners. Nicholas’ post-grant experience includes numerous inter partes review proceedings, post grant review proceedings, covered business method proceedings, reexamination proceedings, and reissue applications.

Prior to joining Foley, Nicholas worked as an electrical engineer at General Motors’ Janesville Assembly Plant, where he designed and maintained communication systems, robotic assembly systems, lighting systems, fire suppression systems and power transmission systems.

Previously, Nicholas was a summer associate for Foley, as well as at the second-largest law firm in Wisconsin. He also served as a law clerk at The Medical College of Wisconsin, where he drafted and reviewed software licenses, provider agreements and service agreements and drafted trademark applications.


Nicholas graduated from Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2008), where he was a member of the Marquette Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S., 2004).

Community Engagement

Since 2000, Nicholas has been a volunteer firefighter at the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department.


Nicholas is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.