Emily E. Niles



Emily primarily focuses her practice in intellectual property litigation, representing clients of various sizes and intellectual property portfolios in matters involving diverse technologies. She works with clients and client teams to build solutions to intellectual property disputes in view of the client’s business and litigation goals.

Emily is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. During law school, Emily advanced her advocacy skills by competing in moot court competitions. She placed first for her oral advocacy skills in the 2013 Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association Cup competition. She also won awards for Best Appellant Brief and Best Appellee Brief in the 2014 Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition in the Midwest region for her written advocacy skills. As an analytical and persuasive advocate, Emily uses her experience to achieve client objectives.

Also during law school, Emily worked as a law clerk for a Fortune 500 financial services organization, where she gained experience navigating legal issues involving tax, employment, insurance, and intellectual property law. As a research assistant for Professor Neil Hamilton and The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, she co-authored an article on effective leadership models. Emily also worked as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Trial counsel in Covidien v. Esch in which a federal jury in the District of Massachusetts held the defendant, a former Covidien employee, liable for breaching his contracts with Covidien by disclosing and using confidential information to start his own company.

Trial counsel in Megdal Associates LLC v. La-Z-Boy, Inc, (S.D. Fla. 2016), a case in which a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale awarded our client, Megdal Associates, $5.7 million for breach of a technology license agreement. The award was increased to $6 million with the award of prejudgment interest. While the case was pending on appeal, it settled with La-Z-Boy, paying Megdal Associates $13.5 million.


Super Lawyers 2019
  • Named a "Minnesota Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2017-2019)
  • Named a "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2017)
  • "Eugene R. Delay Excellence in Neuroscience Award," Regis University (2010)
  • Cornerstone Advocacy Service Young Professionals Board 
  • University of St. Thomas Intellectual Property Moot Court Team Coach (2014-2017)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Women Law Student Association Liaison (2013-2014)
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Board Advocates Chair (2013-2014)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (2014); University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Publications Editor, (2013-2014), Associate Editor, (2012-2013)
  • Regis University, B.S., magna cum laude, Neuroscience, Psychology (2010)
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Representing the Inventor in the Garage Megdal Associates LLC v La Z Boy
    University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 16, 2016)
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