Nicholas (Nick) Zepnick is a senior counsel and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where his practice focuses on working with clients to protect valuable technology and build their corporate brand. He also negotiates technology-related agreements, reduces risk in support of product launch efforts, and develops IP strategies that focus on business objectives. Nick offers counsel with his clients’ needs in mind, a skill he continues to hone through service as virtual in-house IP counsel for a Fortune 500 specialty vehicle manufacturer.
Nick is a member of the Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice and has experience counseling clients that operate in the outdoor, vehicle, lighting, and concrete products spaces. An avid outdoorsman, Nick particularly enjoys representing several clients that produce camping, backpacking, and hunting equipment.
While in law school, Nick worked in-house with the Oshkosh Corporation where he identified patentable inventions, coordinated prosecution of patent applications, and ensured the commercial viability of Oshkosh Corporation’s patent portfolio. Prior to entering law school, Nick worked in the engineering department of Oshkosh Corporation where he designed steering systems and airport fire trucks.
Nick was recognized among 2017 Up and Coming Lawyers by Wisconsin Law Journal.
Nick earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Marquette University Law School (J.D., 2012) where he served as an editor of the Marquette Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering (B.S., 2009). Nick graduated with the highest grade point average in his class and received a Daniel Sahs Award for community service.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Nick is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and is a licensed mechanical engineer in Wisconsin.
Nick's professional memberships include the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Society of Automotive Engineers. He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – Milwaukee Section.