Elana Nightingale Dawson is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Supreme Court & Appellate Practices.
Ms. Nightingale Dawson handles a wide range of intellectual property matters, including copyright infringement, copyright rate-setting, and patent suits before both federal and state courts as well as federal agencies. 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. Ms. Nightingale Dawson also plays a central role in the day-to-day management of major litigation matters, both at the trial level and on appeal.
Ms. Nightingale Dawson has drafted pleadings and briefs filed at every stage of litigation, including amicus and certiorari-stage briefs filed in the US Supreme Court. She has represented clients before the International Trade Commission in both investigation and enforcement actions. In addition to her commercial practice, Ms. Nightingale Dawson maintains an active pro bono practice. She has successfully argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for both the Fourth and Seventh Circuits, securing unanimous wins on behalf of her clients. Ms. Nightingale Dawson is also a member of the firm’s Diversity Leadership Committee and a former member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
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 patent and 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.