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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., Mechanical Engineering


American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Member, Trademark Leadership Committee Past-member, Amicus Curiae Committee Past-chair, Trademark Internet Committee
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. He is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups.

  • Matthew S. Nelles is an Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigator who has been trying cases in the U.S. District Courts of Florida for over 20 years. Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law, Mr. Nelles focuses his practice on complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and Internet liability cases. Mr. Nelles is also a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Mr. Nelles is a frequent lecturer on various intellectual property topics and a large part of his practice emanates from lawyers outside of Florida whose clients are involved in litigation here. To that end, Mr. Nelles has successfully represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in IP disputes around the state. He also represents high-profile music entertainers and record companies in copyright and publicity litigation.
  • In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Nelles has extensive experience procuring trademarks and copyrights, and drafting licensing agreements for his clients.
  • Complementing his expertise, Mr. Nelles also has a broad commercial and business litigation background, including disputes arising in the areas of business defamation, real estate, banking and lending liability, professional liability, and insurance.
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Nelles is rated by his peers at the highest level of professional excellence. This is a testament not only to his skills and ethics, but also to his dedication to achieving the best and most cost-effective results for his clients.

Honors and Awards

  • Achieved AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell  
  • Honored with the Daily Business Review's 2015 Most Effective Lawyers Award in the Intellectual Property category 

Significant Cases

  • Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Nielsen Spirits, Inc., Southern District of Florida (Miami) trademark dispute against a defendant using interlocking "XX" design.
  • Leading Edge Novelty, Inc. v. Target Corporation, et. al., Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach) patent case resulting in a favorable early Markman claim construction ruling against infringement of a plaintiff's musical snow globe invention.
  • Valoro, LLC v. Valero Energy Corp., et. al., Southern District of Florida (Miami) trademark declaratory judgment and infringement counterclaim action successfully resulting in the discontinuation of plaintiff's use of its confusingly similar name.
  • Turner Envirologic, Inc. v. Rolls-Royce Energy Syst., Inc., Southern District of Florida (Fort Lauderdale) copyright and trade secret case resulting in successful early dismissal.
  • Brandon v. Prince Rogers Nelson and Warner Bros. Records, Southern District of Florida (Miami) copyright infringment case in which a plaintiff contends motion picture soundtrack infringes on a song he wrote many years ago.
  • Lil' Joe Records v. Hobbs, Southern District of Florida (Miami) copyright and trademark case resulting in final judgment against founder of 2 Live Crew.


  • 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
    South Florida Legal Guide
  • A Web of Infringement: An Interactive Panel Exploring the Enforcement and Protection of Trademarks and Copyrights Online
    AIPLA 2015 Mid-Winter Institute
  • Is the Domain Name System Working?
    AIPLA 2008 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC