Nicole E. Reifman

P: 312.913.3347
F: 312.913.0002

Nicole E. Reifman is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm's Trademark, Unfair Competition, Advertising Law & Copyright Practice Group. Ms. Reifman has diverse experience in obtaining, evaluating, and enforcing intellectual property. 

Ms. Reifman has experience in all phases of patent preparation and prosecution and reliably guides clients in a wide range of mechanical, materials science, and electro-mechanical technologies, building from her training and prior work experience in mechanical engineering. Her prior work experience includes internships with Caterpillar Inc., Caterpillar France S.A., and Stryker Medical. Examples of Ms. Reifman’s technical expertise in the mechanical and materials fields relate to automotive diagnostics and engines, piping materials, medical devices, including catheters, stents, wound care, and breastpumps, ultrasound technology, and consumer products. Ms. Reifman’s representation ranges from small start-ups to multi-national companies.

Additionally, Ms. Reifman has extensive experience working with clients to establish an internal process for identifying patentable ideas and to protect and enforce all aspects of their intellectual property, including trademark and copyright counseling. She enjoys working closely with in-house counsel to ensure that her client is positioned to meet all business goals and objectives, whether they relate to competitive strategy, international markets, or financial outcome.  

Ms. Reifman also provides counseling regarding the procurement, enforcement, and licensing of intellectual property rights, including trademark, trade secret, and copyright issues. Ms. Reifman actively manages trademark portfolios and develops brand building and protection strategies for her clients.  


International Trademark Association
  • Pro Bono Committee Member

Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Children's Choir
  • Ambassadors Board Member


Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Star

Speaking Engagements

“U.S. Patent Practice – What Every European Practitioner Should Understand,” Management Forum, biannually from 2011-2016

Northwestern Annual Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Symposium, recurrent panel speaker

Past Events

July 17, 2018
MBHB Partners Eric Moran and Nicole Reifman Are the Featured Speakers
November 14, 2017
MBHB Partners Eric Moran and Nicole Reifman Are Featured Presenters
June 25-26, 2015
MBHB Partners James Suggs and Nicole Reifman are Featured Course Leaders for this Management Forum-Sponsored Program
November 14-15, 2013
MBHB Attorneys James Suggs and Nicole Reifman are Featured Course Leaders for this Management Forum-Sponsored Program
May 23-24, 2013
MBHB Attorneys James Suggs and Nicole Reifman are Featured Course Leaders for this Management Forum-Sponsored Program


Fall 2015 (snippets)
Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others. However, there are many issues to be aware of when seeking trademark protection.
Spring 2014 (snippets)

Trademark protection is very important in the fashion industry. The ability to protect certain logos and design features may determine the success of a fashion designer’s business. Thus, it is crucial to understand how to protect your fashion trademarks and trade dress.

Spring 2010 (snippets)
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