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Michal J. Nowicki

Associate Attorney

About

Mr. Nowicki is an Associate Attorney at Marashlian & Donahue. His practice focuses primarily on supporting the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice. Mr. Nowicki advises clients at all stages of litigation on a wide array of topics ranging from Telecommunications and VoIP to breach-of-contract, data privacy, and other commercial claims.

Mr. Nowicki has significant litigation experience for an entry-level lawyer. While studying law, Mr. Nowicki spent a summer interning with a federal magistrate judge, for whom he drafted bench memoranda and judicial orders, reviewed pleadings and other court filings, and observed a wide variety of civil and criminal proceedings. Mr. Nowicki also spent a summer working for the Chicago Transit Authority Law Department, where he deposed a personal injury plaintiff, drafted the closing brief in a labor arbitration for the discipline and discharge of an employee, drafted pleadings, and responded to commercial requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, among other things. Finally, he advised the University of Illinois Foundation on various issues in preparation for potential litigation, including restraints on alienation of land and affirmative action in administering privately-funded academic scholarships.

Mr. Nowicki is also interested in, and has significant practical experience with, transactional work. In law school, he took two contract drafting courses in which he drafted a promissory note, security agreement, personal guarantee, and an asset purchase agreement. Mr. Nowicki also reviewed complex software purchase, licensing, and maintenance agreements between Fortune 500 companies for Axiom Global Inc., a legal consulting company, and he reviewed the University of Illinois Foundation’s templates for gift agreements.

Mr. Nowicki has a strong personal interest in the 21st-Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). Even well before joining the firm, Mr. Nowicki helped the National Federation of the Blind convince the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny Amazon’s petition for permanent exemption from CVAA accessibility requirements for e-book readers. He has also worked closely with Comcast and DirecTV to ensure that both companies comply with FCC regulations requiring video description for the blind and visually impaired.

Publications

Mr. Nowicki served as Staff Writer, and later as a Notes Editor, for the Illinois Business Law Journal during law school. He wrote two notes for the journal, both of which were published.

Education

Mr. Nowicki graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in Spanish and minoring in Russian; he also speaks Polish fluently. He earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Admissions

Mr. Nowicki is admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois.