Nicholas P. Zalany is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property & Technology practices, where he represents clients in complex litigation matters before state and federal courts. His experience includes successful outcomes at trial and obtaining early dismissal in favor of his clients through dispositive motions and negotiated favorable settlements. Nick prides himself on understanding his clients’ business needs, and working to achieve superior, cost-effective results. His foreign language skills (French and Hungarian) are often of benefit in his practice.

Nick is active in the community, serving regularly as a pro bono lawyer for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and volunteering for the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Cleveland and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Nick worked overseas as a law clerk at a Paris intellectual property boutique and served as an intern at the US Consulate in Budapest.

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  • Part of the team that won a US$16 million jury verdict of patent infringement and damages on behalf of client against a competitor in the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division).
  • Defended a state agency in an adversary proceeding seeking complete disallowance of client’s proof of claim. Proactive defense of suit led to settlement agreement dismissing adversary proceeding and allowing claim.
  • Part of a cross-border team that successfully represented a European government in a matter before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
  • Defended a national healthcare provider against claims of breach of fiduciary duty. Following a week long jury trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.
  • Represented a major financial institution in lawsuit seeking recovery on guaranty agreements. Secured US$1.7 million verdict after bench trial.
  • Defended a national retailer of personal mobility products in trademark infringement action. Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing claim.
  • Defended a large auto loan provider in a lawsuit by Ohio attorney general seeking civil penalties. Integrally involved in writing both the jurisdictional brief leading to Ohio Supreme Court jurisdiction over a unique question of Ohio law and the merit brief resulting in the court ruling in client’s favor.


  • New York University, LL.M., Trade Regulation, 2006
  • The Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, 2005
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2002


  • Ohio, 2006


  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Recognition Committee of the Case Western Reserve University Alumni Association


  • English
  • Hungarian
  • French

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  • Author, “Fed Circ. Web IP Ruling Offers Tips To Avoid Early Dismissal,” Law360, October 19, 2022.
  • Author, “A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2018,” Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage, March 2019.
  • The European Union Constitution and Its Effects on Federalism in the EU, 66 Ohio St. L.J. 615 (2005).

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