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Managing Risk and Maximizing Profit.

I have extensive managerial and client-facing experience. I have run companies  from the business side as well as handling legal duties, and am successful at integrating  business objectives with legal obligations. In addition to my legal skills, I have strong experience in strategic planning, innovation, program/product development and operational execution, marketing and communications, team and organizational development, legal strategy and planning, and all areas of operational management. I'm adept at utilizing flexibility, initiating and managing change to acheive results working with diverse cultures, organizational structures and external alliances. I am comfortable with both legal and business considerations and can provide an outside opinion that is based on strategic goals. I have a deep knowledge of technology, entertainment, sports, music, publishing, and other specialized contract and negotiation areas, including negotiations with the "big boys" of these industries. I help companies of all sizes as well as startups and entrepreneurs manage their risks and optimize their profits.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Contracts & Agreements: 70%
    16 years
  2. Entertainment: 10%
    16 years
  3. Business: 10%
    16 years
  4. International Law: 5%
    16 years
  5. Licensing: 5%
    16 years



Hourly ($200-275/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Diana Laskaris

1728 N Newland Ave
Chicago, IL, 60707


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200511/12/2015
NYCurrently registered 200003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
First HonorsLoyola Law School1999
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society MembershipPhi Delta Phi Honor Society1999
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society MembershipPhi Kappa Phi Honor Society1994
American Jurisprudence Award, Legal WritingBancroft-WhitneyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Counselor at LawDiana Laskaris2006 - Present
Managing Director and General CounselSix Degrees, Inc.2003 - 2006
PresidentDynamic Changes2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Audobon SocietyMember2010 - Present
Sierra ClubMember2010 - Present
Women in Film ChicagoMember2009 - Present
American Cancer SocietyBoard Member2007 - Present
Chicago Writers AssociationFounder2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
New York Women in Film and TelevisionMember2000 - Present
Entertainment Innovators AssociationFounder1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Record Label Formation and Startup ContractsSuccessful launch of a new record label
Technology Firm Agreement LibraryIP and payment protections for technology company
Business Strategy, Web Policies, and Agreements for Online CompanyStrategy and Agreements for Online Business
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Publication nameTitleDate
Write City MagazineFor Love or Money2009
The Strategic Business LawyerHow to Get the Most Out of Your Business Lawyer Without Shedding Tears or Blood2009
Hugo James PublishingThe Future of Fun: Evolving Entertainment and the Nature of PlayN/A
Loyola Law School, Advanced Copyright SeminarAuthors, Owners, and Derivative Works: New Sensibilities in the Age of Thinking MachinesN/A
International Conference on Media Futures: Policy & PerformanceThe Virtues and Vices of Virtual RealityN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Southern CaliforniaCommunications ManagementMA - MastersN/A
University of California - Los AngelesTheater, Film and TelevisionBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2010 Women's Leadership ConferenceTop 10 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs2010
Negotiation WorkshopNegotiation Skills for Women2009
AIA WorkshopNegotiating is a Life-Saving Skill2009
Seminar in NegotiatingNegotiation Strategies2008
Western States Communications ConferenceOf Mergers and Mercenaries: The Rise of the Media BaronsN/A
International Conference on Media Futures: Policy & PerformanceThe Virtues and Vices of Virtual RealityN/A