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Seth I. Appel is a Partner at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and false advertising law, including IP clearance, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement. Mr. Appel has extensive experience litigating in federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He is the Cochair of the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA), Midwest Chapter, and serves on the Editorial Board of the CSUSA’s Journal. He is also a regular contributor to AIPPI e-News (the bimonthly newsletter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), and he is active in the International Trademark Association (INTA) and ABA, Intellectual Property Law Section. Mr. Appel received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from Cornell University.
Richard C. Balough is a Member at Balough Law Offices, LLC, in Chicago, and concentrates his practice in intellectual property, cyberspace, and business law. Mr. Balough is a Past Cochair of the Mobile and Connected Devices Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Law Committee, Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Computer Law Committee, and a former member of the Board of Managers for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. Mr. Balough earned his LL.M. cum laude in addition to his J.D.
Glen P. Belvis is a Principal at Belvis Law, LLC, in Chicago, and practices in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation, prosecution, and transactions. Mr. Belvis is a member of the Richard Linn Inn of Court and the DePaul Law School Intellectual Property Advisory Board. He graduated from DePaul University Law School, where he earned the West Publishing Company Hornbook Award, presented to the student with highest academic average in the class; he received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame; and he was an extern for Judge Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Matthew W. Callahan is an associate at Schiff Hardin LLP, in San Francisco, where he focuses on general litigation. Mr. Callahan earned his A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Keith G. Chval is President and CEO of Protek International, Inc., in Willowbrook, and focuses his practice on digital forensics, e-discovery, and cybersecurity. He was the first Chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s High Tech Crimes Bureau. Mr. Chval received his B.S. from Indiana University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Bradley L. Cohn is a Partner at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the field of trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, right of publicity, and advertising and marketing law. Before entering private practice, Mr. Cohn served as law clerk to the Honorable Anne C. Conway, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Cohn has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law, teaching a seminar on trademark law and writing. He has also served as a Director of the Chicago Bar Association’s 9,000-member Young Lawyers Section and as a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee and the Young Lawyers Section’s Intellectual Property Committee. Mr. Cohn received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Jafon Fearson is an associate at Brinks, Gilson & Lione, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice on patent and copyright litigation. Mr. Fearson is a member of the Federal Circuit, Chicago, and American Bar Associations. He received his B.S. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Steven E. Feldman is a Partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in intellectual property. Mr. Feldman sits on the Intellectual Property Advisory Board at George Washington University and the Executive Counsel of the Northwestern University Institute for Sustainability and Energy. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property. Mr. Feldman received his B.S. from Northwestern University and his J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School.
R. Mark Halligan is a Member at FisherBroyles, LLP, in Chicago. He is an accomplished trial lawyer who focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation including patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Halligan has also developed a nationally recognized trade secrets litigation practice focused on all aspects of trade secret law. He represents individuals, middle-market companies, and large corporations, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in trade secret and noncompete disputes. He has become a “go-to” litigator on some of the most complex intellectual property matters in the United States and worldwide. Mr. Halligan has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell, and peer reviews rank him as a top lawyer in Intellectual Property in Chambers USA. Best Lawyers recognized Mr. Halligan as Lawyer of the Year in trade secrets law in 2020. Legal 500 has recognized him as a leading lawyer in trade secrets litigation every year since 2008. He has also been ranked as one of the world’s Leading IP Strategists in IAM 250 and IAM 300 and recently was recognized as a leading TMT lawyer in Who’s Who Legal Telecommunications Media & Technology: Information Technology (2016). Mr. Halligan is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property issues; his speaking engagements include the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the Illinois Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLAC). He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati summa cum laude. Mr. Halligan has taught trade secrets law at The UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago for the past 26 years.
John L. Hines, Jr., is a member of Clark Hill PLC’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, in Chicago, where he focuses on IP and technology transactions. Mr. Hines writes and speaks on topics relating to intellectual property and licensing. Mr. Hines received his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and his A.B. from Princeton University.
Blake W. Jackson is an associate at DLA Piper LLP (US), in East Palo Alto, California. He concentrates his practice in intellectual property and patent law. He has been involved in patent sales and negotiations, patent licensing, acquisition diligence analysis, and corporate training in patents and other IP. He is a former U.S. Naval officer and enjoys working on numerous veteran’s pro bono projects. Mr. Jackson received his B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Daniel F. Lanciloti is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses on trade secrets/restrictive covenants law, employment law, and general litigation. Prior to joining Freeborn, Mr. Lanciloti was a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Non-Compete Practice Group. Mr. Lanciloti also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He received his B.A. with honors from Knox College and his J.D. magna cum laudefrom Valparaiso University School of Law.
Michael R. Levinson is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, in Chicago, focusing his practice on litigation, with particular experience in commercial and intellectual property lawsuits. He hashandled cases in federal and state courts and in private arbitrations, in Illinois and throughout the country, involving sporting goods, financial services and products, electronics, food products, construction, business forms, and consulting services, among many others. Mr. Levinson has represented dozens of employers and employees at temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings and at trials in fiduciary duty, noncompete, trade secrets, and computer fraud cases. Mr. Levinson received his undergraduate degree from Claremont-McKenna College, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Timothy W. Lohse is a Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) in East Palo Alto, California, where he concentrates his practice in patent prosecution, litigation, and counseling. Mr. Lohse provides patent preparation and prosecution expertise in solar panels and solar module systems, including mechanical mounting and electrical connections; solar panel electronics including technologies for measuring the efficiency of a solar panel, commercial solar panel cleaning systems, drones for inspecting crops and/or wind turbines, and an unmanned aircraft with a blimp portion and a drone portion. Mr. Lohse has a BSEE from Tufts University College of Engineering and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.
William T. McGrath is a Partner at Davis McGrath LLC, in Chicago, where his areas of concentration are copyright, trademark, and Internet law, as well as publishing law, trade secret law, and software licensing. Mr. McGrath serves as an arbitrator for the AAA on intellectual property and other commercial disputes and is a mediator for the Lanham Act Mediation Program in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is an adjunct professor and past Associate Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at The UIC Law School. He has written numerous articles on intellectual property law for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, for which he has twice won the Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club. Mr. McGrath is Past President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Copyright Society of the USA and the Board of the Lawyers for the Creative Arts. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Laura Beth Miller is a Shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione, in Chicago, where she serves as Chair of the firm’s International Trade group and is a member of the firm’s China Task Force. She regularly represents clients in both Section 337 investigations and federal court litigation involving a variety of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright issues. In addition, she has extensive commercial litigation experience in the areas of contract, antitrust, RICO violations, and bankruptcy. She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues and an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. She also was guest lecturer on intellectual property issues at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University. Ms. Miller received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.
D. James Nahikian is Managing Principal of Nahikian Global Intellectual Property & Technology Law Group, in Chicago, where he serves clients in respect to patent, trade identity, trade secrets, copyright, and digital rights matters. Mr. Nahikian received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, M.S. from DePaul University, and J.D. with concurrent LL.M. coursework in intellectual property law from The John Marshall Law School, where he was editor of the Journal of Computer and Information Law and received the first prize award for copyright paper in the ASCAP-sponsored Nathan Burkan Competition.
John S. Paniaguas is Of Counsel to Clark Hill PLC, in Chicago, and focuses his practice on patent law. Mr. Paniaguas is a member of the American Intellectual Property law Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the Lake County (IN) Bar Association. He is also an adjunct professor of law at The UIC John Marshall Law School. Mr. Paniaguas received his B.S.E. from Purdue University-Calumet and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Matthew F. Prewitt is a Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, where he is the Practice Leader for Trade Secrets, Talent Mobility, and Data Security. Mr. Prewitt received his B.A. from Delta State University and his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago School of Law.
Marc V. Richards is a Shareholder of Brinks Gilson & Lione in Chicago and concentrates in intellectual property law and patents. Mr. Richards is past Chair of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property — U.S. Chapter (2018 – 2020), a founding board member of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association (2016 – 2018, 2019 – 2020), and President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. He received his B.S. from Washington University at St. Louis, his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago, and J.D. cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago.
Sherry L. Rollo is a Partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in intellectual property. Ms. Rollo is a member of the International Trademark Association, Committee Chair of the Licensing Executives Society International, and on the Board of Trustees for National History Day. Ms. Rollo received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School with a certificate from the Center for Intellectual Property Law.
Linda K. Stevens is Of Counsel to Smith O’Callaghan & White in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property and commercial disputes. She is a Past Chair of an American Bar Association Trade Secrets subcommittee. Ms. Stevens has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer for several years and was named among that organization’s Top 50 Illinois Women Lawyers in 2011 and 2012. She was selected by Chicago Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Illinois in 2018 and was included in the Legal 500’s “Leading Lawyers” list in Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets. She is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Chicago-Kent School of Law. Ms. Stevens received her B.A. cum laude from Kalamazoo College and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Keith D. Weiss is an associate at Brinks Gilson & Lione, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his focus is intellectual property law and patents. Mr. Weiss has over 20 years of corporate research and development experience and is listed as an inventor on more than 30 patents. He received his B.S. magna cum laude from Clemson University, where he was the recipient of the Mark Bernard Hardin Award; his Ph.D. from the University of Florida; and his J.D. cum laude from Thomas Cooley Law School, where he was the recipient of an Honors Scholarship.
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