Nadia Haghighatian is a partner in Kirkland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, focusing on intellectual property litigation. Drawing from her electrical engineering background, Nadia focuses her practice on patent litigation, representing clients with matters involving various technologies, including software, telecommunications, electrical, mechanical and semiconductor technologies. She also represents clients in patent and trade secret cases in the energy sector and is well versed in trademark infringement matters.

Passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, Nadia seeks out opportunities to elevate others in her communities. Before joining Kirkland, Nadia led internal LGBTQ+ affinity group initiatives and served on the board of directors for several local bar associations, including the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association. She has also mentored diverse attorneys and law students and spoken publicly on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging topics.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, “Legal Crusaders: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Legal Industry,” Texas Legal Diversity Summit, September 2022

Panelist, “Thriving as a Law Clerk in a Post-Pandemic World,” Dallas Bar Association, Minority Participation Clerkship Luncheon, June 24, 2022

Moderator & Panelist, “Disrupting the Noah’s Ark Approach to DEI: Creating a Culture of Inclusion,” CenterForce Diversity in Law Series, Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership: Dallas, June 16, 2022


Co-Author, “Advanced Topics on U.S. Design Patent Prosecution—Strategies, Common Pitfalls, Tie-In to Other IP, Inter Partes Review, and Lessons from Litigation,” 2016 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute, January 2016

Co-Author, “So What’s Patentable Now? Recent Decisions on Section 101”

Co-Author, “Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees After Octane Fitness: Is Your Case Exceptional?,” UT Law’s 19th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, November 2014

Co-Author, “Get Rid of Three-Ring Binders and Yellow Pads: You Can Do It With Two Apps,” BENCHER, Jan–Feb 2014


Texas Diversity Council: 2022 Top Women Lawyers Award

Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2022 – “Future Leader” Shortlist

40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association, 2021

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Litigation—Intellectual Property, 2021–2023 and for Intellectual Property Law, 2023

Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2018–2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

Member, National Trans Bar Association

Director (2019–Present), President (2022), President-Elect/Secretary (2021), Treasurer (2020–2021), Dallas LGBT Bar Association (DLGBTBA)

Director & DLGBTBA Representative, Dallas Bar Association, 2022

Director & DLGBTBA Representative, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL), 2020–2021

Resource Center's Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC), 2019–Present

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinder Program, 2019

Associate Member, The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court, 2016–2018

Life Fellow, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation

State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Section


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Texas


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • Texas Tech University School of LawJ.D.summa cum laude2013

    Articles Editor, Texas Tech Law Review

    Order of the Coif

    Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity

    Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity

    Dean’s List (all semesters)

    Regents’ Scholarship Recipient

  • University of Texas at AustinB.S., Electrical Engineering2008