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Thomas R. Leavens

Thomas R. Leavens

Practice areas:

Entertainment, Intellectual Property

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Our firm, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, is an entertainment, media, & intellectual property law firm concentrating its practice on matters involving creative industries and endeavors. Our clients include content providers and creators, media companies, television and radio broadcasters, authors, songwriters, recording artists, musicians, advertisers and brands, television and film writers, independent record labels, distributors, independent film producers and documentarians, web site operators and developers, publishing companies, and film, television and music production companies.


 We represent both institutional and talent clients in a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters, including complex contractual negotiations and other strategic transactions, and help craft favorable outcomes to difficult problems. Our combined experiences as private attorneys, pioneer industry executives, and educators allow us to provide our clients with valuable insight and advice on business terms, perspectives, strategies, and opportunities and inform our judgment on important matters of their priority and concern.  Our attorneys have broad and varied experiences, including large national firms and broadcaster and public company general counsel positions, and we take as the hallmark of our practice personalized attention, judgment, experience, expertise, and community service.  Please visit our website at to learn more – we look forward to hearing from you.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Entertainment: 75%
    39 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    39 years

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Charles Harry Gardner

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Contact Info

Leavens, Strand & Glover

Suite 2550
203 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL, 60601

203 North Lasalle Street Suite #2550
Chicago, IL, 60601-1201

203 N La Salle St Ste 2550
Chicago, IL, 60601




ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197608/17/2015
MIVoluntary Inactive197508/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Thomas R. Leavens AwardLawyers for the Creative Arts1997
David C. Hilliard AwardChicago Bar Association1984

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorNorthwestern University Law School2009 - Present
General CounselLRSmedia, LLC2005 - 2008
General CounselMusicNow2000 - 2005
General CounselPlatinum Entertainment1992 - 2000
PartnerMcBride, Baker & Coles1986 - 1992


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Authors GuildMember2009 - Present
Digital Media AssociationSecretary and Board Member2002 - 2005
National Academy of Recording Arts & SciencesVoting Member1984 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember (Board of Managers 1984-86)1975 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of MichiganN/AA.B, cum laude1970

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
NARMNARM Music Law 2010: Clouds, ISPs and Royalty Challenges2010
Columbia CollegeDigital Music2010
Chicago Bar AssociationEntertainment Deal Making in a Changing Environment2010
Northwestern University Law SchoolMusic Law2009
Music Industry WorkshopNew Business Models For Music2009
DePaul University College of LawMusic Law2009
CIMM FestLicensing Music for Motion Pictures2009
Chicago Music CommissionLIcensing Music for Games and Advertising2009
Southern Regional Entertainment and Sports Law/IP ConferenceRepresenting Independent Film Producers2008
Chicago Bar AssociationDeveloping An Entertainment Law Practice2008