Nicholas J. Zepnick



Nicholas (Nick) Zepnick is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where his practice focuses on working with clients to protect valuable technology and build their corporate brands. He negotiates technology-related agreements, reduces risk in support of product launch efforts, and develops IP strategies that focus on business objectives. Nick’s substantive work involves clients in the outdoor, vehicle, lighting and concrete products spaces. He also negotiates material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements and other agreements in connection with the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical and medical device products.

Nick offers counsel with his clients’ needs in mind, a skill he honed through service as virtual in-house IP counsel for a Fortune 500 specialty vehicle manufacturer. That experience dovetailed well with Nick’s engineering background as he is a member of the Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice. An avid outdoorsman, Nick particularly enjoys representing several clients that produce camping, backpacking, fishing and hunting equipment.


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.


Using Upfront IP Licensing to Reduce Future Supply Chain Disruptions
18 August 2022
Manufacturing Industry Advisor
CLE Weeks
5-16 December 2022
Milwaukee, WI