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Contact Information

One Financial Plaza
100 S.E. 3rd Avenue
Suite 2700
Fort LauderdaleFL 33394
Phone: 954.764.7060
Fax: 954.761.8135

Matthew S. Nelles P.A.

Fort Lauderdale  

Focus Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

Accreditations and Certifications

  • Registered Patent Attorney
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law
    The Florida Bar

Bar Membership

  • Florida, 1994


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle


Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1994
J.D., Juris Doctor, magna cum laude

Rutgers University College of Engineering
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1989
B.S., Bachelor of Science


American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida (IPLAF)
Past President
Federal Bar Association
South Florida chapter


Matthew S. Nelles is a Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel, but he litigates cases in all of the federal district courts in Florida. He is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups.

  • Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law, Mr. Nelles has litigated numerous patent, copyright and trademark disputes in the Federal District Courts in Florida and elsewhere around the United States.
  • He is a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Mr. Nelles also procures trademarks and copyrights, and drafts licensing agreements, for his clients.
  • He taught law students for several years as an adjunct professor of Copyright and Trademark Law at Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Mr. Nelles also has a broad commercial and business litigation background, including disputes arising in the areas of real estate, health law, banking and lending liability, professional liability, business defamation, and insurance.
  • Mr. Nelles is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale Hubbell, achieving the agency’s highest rating marks for both competency and ethics.
Mr. Nelles is involved in various community and professional organizations. He is a past Chair of the Trademark Internet Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and currently serves on the AIPLA Amicus Committee, to which he was appointed. He is a member of the Commercial and Intellectual Property sections of the Broward County Bar Association and is a past president of both the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida and the Rutgers Alumni Association of Miami-Dade/Broward Counties.

Honors and Awards

  • Achieved AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell  


  • Florida district court finds doctor has trademark rights to his name, case has implications for use of Google Ad Words
    Association of Corporate Counsel
    April 2014
  • "The Patent Troll Threat in The Wake Of Ebay, Inc. V. MercExchange, LLC"

  • A Web of Infringement: An Interactive Panel Exploring the Enforcement and Protection of Trademarks and Copyrights Online
    AIPLA 2015 Mid-Winter Institute