Judi Smith works with technology companies and their customers. As a former software developer and IT executive, Judi is intimately familiar with the software industry. Whether the platform is mobile, desktop, server, Web, or embedded, Judi has reviewed, negotiated and written countless contracts on both the buy- and sell-side. Judi has helped manage deals that involve outsourcing, joint ventures, technology transfer, trade secrets, marketing, and collateral intellectual property such as trademarks and copyrights. Judi also litigates software and IP contracts.
Additionally, advice to clients is informed by Judi’s experience as a business leader. She has worked in corporate strategy and has an MBA.
Recently, Judi was honored by acceptance into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for achieving a $1.98M cash settlement for one of her clients.
Judi also has experience as a filmmaker and photographer. She earned a Bronze Telly Award, Best Commercial Spot for her work on a video piece for a nonprofit. She has also travelled extensively as a photographer capturing the story of nonprofits in action. As a result, Judi brings a depth of knowledge to entertainment and content licensing law.
The fact is, any lawyer can tell you what the law says. But what the law means for you depends on what your goals are. Along with getting to know your particular business, Judi is diligent student of her client’s industries. She focuses on the bigger picture and then tailors her advice to help you achieve your goals.
To give you the best legal advice possible, Judi listens first to understand your business, goals, and context. Then she brings her unique expertise to the table to help you solve your business problem.
Hardware and Infrastructure
Software Maintenance and Support
Master Service and Subscription Agreements
Product Development Agreement
Software and Technology Licensing
Technology Support Services
Trade Secret Licensing
Communication Services and Equipment
Nondisclosure and Non-compete
Breach of License
Deceptive Trade Practices
Cash, Check, Credit card
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1995||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|A+ Rating||Better Business Bureau||2014|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2014|
|Navy Achievement Medal||United States Marine Corps||N/A|
|Attorney||Law Office of Judi Smith||2011 - Present|
|General Counsel||Awana||2009 - 2011|
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|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Assessment of Sales Tax on Licensed Computer Software||We filed a motion for summary judgment. In response the State withdrew all Notices of Tax Liability.|
|Company defaulted on an installment agreement for employment taxes||A new installment agreement was implemented with no levies.|
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|The 2014 Guide to Illinois Gift and Estate Tax||The 2014 Guide to Illinois Gift and Estate Tax||2014|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Overseas Freelancer – W-8BEN or W-8ECI||2014|
|Judi Smith Law Website||FBAR Streamlined Procedures||2014|
|Judi Smith Law Website||IRS Makes FBAR Compliance Easier||2014|
|Judi Smith Law Website||$40,000 FBAR Penalty for Failure to Report Online Gambling Accounts||2014|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Reimburse Employee Heath Care Premiums? IRS Says Not So Fast.||2014|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Do you know your taxpayer rights?||2014|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Five Ways To Eliminate Your IRS Penalties||2013|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Not Eligible for Innocent Spouse Relief? Try Separation of Liability.||2013|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Tax Consequences of Gifting Real Estate with a Mortgage||2013|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Withdrawal of Notice of Federal Tax Lien under IRS Fresh Start Program||2013|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Deductibility of a Charitable Contribution of Intellectual Property||2011|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Deductibility of Off-Shore Contract Labor||2011|
|Judi Smith Law Website||Characterization of Income from Angel Investments||2011|
|Northern Illinois University||Business Administration||MBA||2007|
|Northern Illinois University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|