A seasoned Florida and federal practitioner with over 25 years of experience, Matt has litigated over 250 business and intellectual property disputes in the U.S. District Courts of the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida. Understanding and appreciating the legal subtleties and nuances affecting all types of businesses, Matt also successfully represents clients in the state courts of Florida in disputes arising from breach of contract and tortious interference, business defamation, unfair competition, condominium, construction, real estate, banking, and employment non-competes.
Demonstrating his expertise in copyright, trademark, and patent disputes, Matt is one of only 141 lawyers board certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law. He is also a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. In 2015, he received the Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyers” Award in the Intellectual Property category.
Over the years, Matt has represented well-known brands such as Target, Warner Bros. Records, Burlington Stores, Internet Brands, Airstream, Exxon-Mobil, Valero Energy Corp., Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co., Coach, and Rolls-Royce Energy Systems. He has also represented high-profile music entertainers and celebrities, including Prince Rogers Nelson, Spike Lee, and 2 Live Crew.
In addition to his trial experience, Matt procures trademarks and copyrights for his clients, and negotiates and drafts intellectual property licensing agreements, assignments, and asset transfers. He advises clients concerning corporate intellectual property matters, including due diligence and clearance in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to founding Nelles Kostencki, PLLC, Matt was a partner at Berger Singerman’s Ft. Lauderdale office. Previous to that, he was a partner at Broad and Cassel.
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