Nicole D. Wanlass



Nicole Wanlass is an associate and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice.

Ms. Wanlass has experience as a summer associate with Foley and as a law clerk at a patent prosecution boutique, where she drew up claims for patent applications, drafted responses to office actions from the USPTO, and drafted instruction letters to foreign associates regarding foreign office actions. She has also worked as a judicial extern for Federal Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel and interned with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.


Ms. Wanlass earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2016). Ms. Wanlass was elected to the Order of the Coif and awarded the ABA-Bloomberg Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law. She was a managing editor and a staff member of the Minnesota Law Review, served as a student attorney for the University of Minnesota Housing Clinic, and studied abroad in Sweden at Uppsala University. During this time, she also earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota (M.S., 2015).

Ms. Wanlass graduated from Texas A&M University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2009) with a major in biomedical engineering. She was an honors student and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. During this time, she also served as an active mentor for freshmen scholarship students and studied abroad in France at the École Superieur d’Agriculture.


Ms. Wanlass is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin.


Ms. Wanlass is the author of “No Longer Available: Critiquing the Contradictory Ways Courts Treat Exclusive Arbitration Clauses When the Forum Is No Longer Able to Arbitrate,” 99 Minn L. Rev. 2005 (2015).