Nabil Abdalla

Senior Associate Attorney | Privacy

Nabil Abdalla’s practice within Han Santos began preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He is also the firm's specialist on writing subject matter patentability opinions in aerospace, mechanical, and software engineering.

Since joining the firm, Nabil has been expanding his focus to include key matters in Privacy and Cybersecurity. He currently holds both CISPP and CIPP certifications. He has performed transactional privacy reviews for large companies, provided cybersecurity and privacy advice, and drafted extensive privacy policies.

Prior to joining Han Santos, Nabil spent more than eight years as an engineer with Boeing. He worked on many programs, the most prominent of which included the 787-8 Dreamliner. He held a key responsibility in developing an empirical analysis method of composite material-systems used on the 787-8 wing-box. He also performed extensive fatigue and damage tolerance analysis on classic Boeing planes, including the 707, 727, 737, and 757.

Nabil’s engineering career started in his native Australia with a combined six-year tenure at Aeronautical Engineers Australia and GKN Engineering Services. Nabil supported flight testing and supplemental type certification of light aircraft modifications, the design and analysis of airframe structure for the Lockheed Martin F35 Lightning II STOVL, wing panel structure for the Airbus A380 aircraft, and meteorological equipment installation for a British Aerospace Bae146-200 aircraft.

This firsthand knowledge of complex aeronautical design coupled with his legal background, positions Nabil well with our clients, both engineers and inventors.

“Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it's digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules - not just for governments but for private companies.” – Bill Gates

Practice Areas & Services:

  • Patents
  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity

Admissions & Certifications:

  • State Bar of Washington
  • Unites States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Washington State Patent Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional)
  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, RMIT University


  • English
  • Arabic (Conversational)