- Intellectual Property
- Internet Governance
- Technology Law
Areas of Expertise
Technology Law, Internet Governance, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications
Professor Nugent joined the UT College of Law in 2023 after teaching for two years at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he also served as Program Director for the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.
Professor Nugent specializes in technology law, including internet governance, intellectual property, and telecommunications. Prior to his time in academia, he served as Senior Corporate Counsel to Amazon, where he supported Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing service, and worked with European regulators on net neutrality, cybersecurity, and telecom policy. He previously worked as an attorney for Microsoft, supporting Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service. He has also held business roles in the technology sector, both as a lead negotiator for Microsoft and as a product manager for Amazon.
Before going in-house, Professor Nugent worked as an associate attorney at Hogan Lovells, where he worked on technology transactions, telecom deals, and mergers and acquisitions, and as an associate attorney at Finnegan, where he practiced patent litigation and prosecution. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Professor Nugent received his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where he attended on a full scholarship and was Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received dual undergraduate degrees from Indiana University in computer science and music performance (classical guitar). He continues to perform music publicly and to develop software in his spare time.
Professor Nugent writes primarily about how the Internet operates and is governed, whether through regulation, private governance, or technological developments. His scholarship has been published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Washington Law Review, and the Colorado Technology Law Journal. He also holds an elected seat on the Number Resource Organization Numbering Counsel (NRO NC) for the American Region for Internet Numbers (ARIN), which acts as a liaison to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Follow him on Twitter @NicholasJNugent
- Education & Experience
J.D., Vanderbilt Law School
B.S. Indiana University (Computer Science)
B.M. Indiana University (Music Performance)