Isabella Salomão Nascimento

Associate She / Her / Hers

Isabella Salomão Nascimento is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department with a focus on media and entertainment law. She also works on commercial litigation matters. Her First Amendment-based practice includes defending against libel/defamation, invasion of privacy, and right of publicity claims across the country; prepublication vetting of both news and entertainment content; advising and defending clients on subpoenas and privilege issues; and providing guidance on state public records laws. Isabella is currently licensed to practice in both Minnesota and New York, and has been admitted to practice in several federal courts across the country.

Prior to joining the firm, Isabella worked for two years as a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, where she litigated constitutional law and civil rights cases, several of which were class actions and which involved issues of First Amendment, government transparency and accountability, and public access to data. She has experience drafting and editing legal briefs, court orders, and published and unpublished judicial opinions, as well as arguing in court.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Wilhelmina Wright, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2019

Hon. Catharine Easterly, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2018-2019

Professional Activities

New York State Bar Association

Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School’s Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court course, 2021-2022

Recognition & Accomplishments

Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year, 2023

Minnesota Lawyer, Up & Coming Attorney, 2023

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2023

Speaking Engagements

"Bringing the Civil Rights Case for Freedom of the Press," Ballard Spahr Webinar, June 6, 2024

“RBG CLE: Ethics,” Mixed Blood Theater, On the Job, Continuing Education, April 2021

“Power to the People,” IGNITE: Political Power in Every Young Woman, Training Series, April 2021



University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with honors, 2018)
President, Defenders Student Organization
Vice-President, Latinx Law Student Association
Chicago Journal of International Law
Pro Bono Service Initiative Award of Excellence
The Edwin F. Mandel Clinical Education Award
The James C. Hormel Public Service Award

University of Minnesota (B.A., with honors, 2014)


Fluent in Portuguese

Proficient in Spanish



New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit