Nina B. Ries has extensive experience in business and real estate, in both litigation and on the transactional side. Trained as a litigator, Ms. Ries has litigated a variety of complex matters and countless cases involving breaches of a variety of contracts, partnership disputes, business torts, 17200 claims, real estate disputes, employment matters (including sexual harassment defense), class action defense and intellectual property matters (including trademark, trade secret and unfair competition) on behalf of entrepreneurs, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. She credits her ability to anticipate the opposing party's arguments, strategy, and actions to her experience both prosecuting and defending cases. Because she is just as likely to sit at the defendant's table as she is at the plaintiff's, she can better anticipate the other party's next steps.
Ms. Ries's experience as a litigator also benefits her clients in transactional matters. Because of her experience identifying weaknesses in documents, analyzing the parties' vulnerabilities, and crafting innovative ways to exploit those weaknesses during litigation, Ms. Ries can readily apply a litigator's analysis in the drafting of documents and structuring of deals to mitigate her clients' risk upfront.
Ries Law Group serves as outside General Counsel to a number of companies in a variety of sectors, including in real estate, manufacturing, pharmacy, start-ups, and in the service industry. The firm provides a wide range of legal services, including advice and counsel on business and real estate matters, with respect to the negotiation and structuring of deals, particularly as they relate to managing risk, conducting due diligence, and the drafting and negotiation of operating and partnership agreements, purchase and sale and related documents, employment contracts, disclosures, warranties, waivers, releases, and more.
Ms. Ries has served on a number of Boards, including the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers (2004-2009), the Editorial Board of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (2002-2003), and the Executive Board of the USC Gould School of Law Young Alumni Committee (2004-2012; co-chair 2011-2012). Ms. Ries helped to found the USC Gould School of Law Alumni Association, and served three terms as President of the organization from 2012 through 2015, earning the Widney House Alumni Award for her work with the organization. Ms. Ries was named to the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors in 2014, where she continues to serve. She also served as Chair of the USC Alumni Real Estate Network, an organization dedicated to providing continuing education, avenues for professional growth, and networking opportunities to connect, re-connect, and introduce USC's tens of thousands of alumni around the global working in real estate.
Ms. Ries is a Southern California native. She attended college at the University of California at Irvine, where she triple-majored in Political Science (with honors), Philosophy, and Sociology, was active in a number of campus groups and organizations, including the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She attended law school at the University of Southern California. She is active with her sorority's alumnae association (including as President of the Pasadena alumnae chapter and as legal adviser to the House Corporation Boards at USC and UCLA, consulting with the Boards on real estate and business matters) and within the Trojan family. In her leisure time, Ms. Ries enjoys attending sporting events, traveling, and pursuing water-based sports, including snorkeling, kayaking and whitewater rafting.
Intellectual Property Co-Counsel
Rose Hickman Rigole is the Founder of StrategyIP and co-counsels with Ries Law Group to provide her extensive intellectual property expertise.
Ms. Rigole practices in all aspects of Intellectual Property, including prosecution, litigation, licensing, and opinion work involving trademarks, patents, domain names, copyrights, rights of publicity, and trade secrets.
Rose has helped her clients secure and enforce monopolies on their ideas and protect the goodwill of their brand names for over ten years, and has been recognized as a top Intellectual Property attorney by numerous sources. These honors include receiving a 10-rating from AVVO, being listed in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the "Top Women Lawyers in Southern California" in 2012 and Super Lawyer Magazine as a Southern California Rising Star in 2004 (inaugural year), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012, an honor reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in the region. She has also been listed in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Law.
In her patent work, Rose has handled a wide range of technologies, such as software, integrated circuits, fuel cells, flat panel displays, interplanetary rovers, medical devices, complex mechanical systems, and computer implemented business methods. She has worked on patents for high-tech clients, including Samsung SDI, IBM, Intel, California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, University of California Regents, Broadcom, Gemstar, and many others. Ms Rigole has a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, and worked in satellite technology/remote sensing at NASA Langley and Georgia Institute of Technology before attending law school at the University of Southern California.
In her trademark work, Rose has helped clients from individual startups to international corporations secure and enforce their trademark rights from initial trademark selection to litigation. She has also advised and advocated for her clients on domain name issues, such as selection, transfer, and enforcement. She has worked on trademark matters for clients, such as Guess?, Neiman Marcus, True Religion, Albertsons, DIRECTV, Bobrick, Galardi Group, and many others.