Professional Biography
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Autumn N. Nero Partner

  • Madison

    D +1.608.663.7467

    F +1.608.283.4467


    33 East Main Street, Suite 201

    Madison, WI 53703-3095




Autumn Nero has dedicated 15 years to representing companies in their most significant intellectual property disputes. She manages high-stakes, complex litigation involving a wide range of technologies and claims in federal courts throughout the country. Her clients have included many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, consumer products, telecommunications, and sporting goods companies, as well as entertainment and nonprofit organizations. While she focusses in patent litigation, she also has extensive experience in antitrust, trademark, trade secret, and copyright actions; breach of contract and licensing disputes; privacy and right to publicity suits; and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Autumn has developed particular depth in the area of pharmaceutical patent and regulatory litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. She represents some of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in their most significant pharmaceutical patent cases. She is also well versed in the area of patent damages, and recently obtained an 80% patent royalty award following a two-week jury trial.

Autumn devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono litigation. Her pro bono practice has included, among other things, civil rights claims brought on behalf of prisoners and a decade-long death penalty representation. In her spare time, she volunteers with a local animal rescue group as a cat and dog foster.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Wisconsin Rising Star" in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association's "Pro Bono" Award, 2010

Professional Leadership

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • End Domestic Abuse WI, Former Board Member

Related Employment

  • Heller Ehrman LLP, Madison, WI, Associate, 2006 - 2008
  • Heller Ehrman LLP, Summer Associate, 2005
  • Hon. Shirley S. Abrahamson, Wisconsin State Supreme Court, Judicial Intern, 2004
  • The Boardman Law Firm, Summer Clerk, 2004





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review; Senior Note and Comment Editor, Wisconsin Women's Law Journal
  • New York University, B.A., Individualized Study, cum laude