Nicole Cloyd practices in the firm’s Business Representation & Transactions Group and Intellectual Property Group, where she assists individuals and businesses on a broad range of intellectual property and technology transactions matters, including but not limited to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and issues related to privacy and data security.

In particular, Nicole regularly advises clients on the ever-changing data privacy laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). In this capacity, she helps businesses in various stages of growth develop and maintain privacy compliance programs. She is a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Team and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Nicole earned her Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property from Texas A&M University School of Law in 2021, where she gained experience working with clients at the Trademark and Copyright Clinic. Nicole earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law in 2019. She was the online content manager of the Kentucky Law Journal, as well as a member of the Moot Court National Team.

While in law school, Nicole gained hands-on experience in copyright law as a Law Clerk for the Office of the General Counsel at the United States Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.

Professional and Community Involvement

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincy Next, Class 10

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Communications Committee

Awards & Recognition

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2024

  • 2024 Best Lawyers Ones to Watch

News & Resources

Speaking Engagements

Other Publications

Nicole E. Pottinger, Don’t Forget to Subscribe: Regulation of Online Advertising Evaluated Through YouTube’s Monetization Problem, 107 Ky. L.J. 515 (2019).

 Nicole Pottinger & Brian L. Frye, Registration is Fundamental, 8 IP Theory 1 (2019).


Blog Posts



What was your first job?
I was a preschool teacher. I taught from infant to 5 years old, but the 3 year olds were the best.

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday/Sunday?
Getting coffee with my husband and taking our dog, Griffin, to a dog park.

What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I love everything health and fitness related— I may or may not keep protein powder and a blender bottle in my desk! 


  • Kentucky
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LL.M., Texas A&M University School of Law, 2021

J.D., University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, 2019

B.A., Centre College, 2016

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