Elana Nightingale Dawson is copyright lawyer in the firm’s Connectivity, Privacy, and Information Practice Group.

Ms. Nightingale Dawson represents companies in connection with all of their copyright needs, from advising on copyright compliance to managing complex copyright litigation. Ms. Nightingale Dawson’s experience ranges from counseling clients on litigation strategy to crafting legal arguments for both the trial and appellate stages of litigation. She has represented clients at all stages of litigation, including before the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to her commercial practice, Ms. Nightingale Dawson maintains an active pro bono practice. While at Latham, she has successfully argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, and Federal Circuits. She is a member of Latham’s Black Lawyers Group and Women’s Lawyers Group, and is a former member of Latham’s Diversity Leadership Committee and Pro Bono Committee. She is also a member, and former Treasurer, of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.

Ms. Nightingale Dawson returned to Latham in 2016 after serving as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before she first joined Latham, Ms. Nightingale Dawson served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond M. Kethledge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Gary Feinerman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. While there, she worked on a number of Supreme Court cases, including copyright cases, and also successfully briefed and argued an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Nightingale Dawson worked in production and stage management at the Alley Theatre, Imagination Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Theatre of the Deaf.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2011
  • BA, American University, 2003

Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language