Rebecca Nickell, Associate

Deeply rooted in the engineering field

Rebecca Nickell knows a thing or two about the manufacture and fabrication of semiconductors; she spent 10 years doing the work herself. After graduating with a chemical engineering degree, Rebecca began her career as a reputable process engineer overseeing equipment installations and process qualifications in the U.S. and abroad. During this time, Rebecca worked for two large manufacturing companies where her specialized knowledge of CMP semiconductor products supported both onsite and offsite manufacturing processes at customer locations in France, Japan and South Korea.

Rebecca earned her J.D. from Arizona Summit School of Law, where she would eventually return as an academic success counselor. As a law student, Rebecca served as an editor of the Phoenix Law Review and completed an externship with the City of Peoria prosecutor’s office. She later joined Concordia University School of Law as an assistant professor and director, focusing her efforts on managing the school’s academic support programs while also teaching a variety of law courses. With a diverse background spanning across engineering, education, and the legal field, Rebecca brings a well-rounded and unique skill set to her growing intellectual property practice.

A twofold approach to patent prosecution

Today, Rebecca writes and files patent applications, working directly with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Having completed the process of obtaining her own patent, she now uses this firsthand experience combined with her lengthy list of qualifications to help other engineers do just the same. Rebecca’s practice primarily focuses on technologies that utilize semiconductor chips, such as electronics and flat panel displays for computers and smartphones.

Turning problems into opportunities

Rebecca is a natural when it comes to problem-solving, so when clients are faced with complex or unresolved issues she not only is responsive, but also passionate about finding a solution. This is particularly evident when clients turn to Rebecca to help capture the innovation of their invention while still complying with the rigid requirements of the USPTO.

Rebecca’s other passions include outdoor activities such as hiking and sailing. She is also a dog lover and is enjoying exploring the city in her new home of Houston, TX.

Practice Areas


  • LL.M., Intellectual Property & Information Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2019
  • J.D., Arizona Summit School of Law, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Bar of Arizona

Professional Affiliations

  • Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law