Sharon L. Toerek focuses her legal practice at Licata & Toerek on intellectual property law, advising clients on trademark, copyright, trade secret, non-competition, and other intellectual property and business law issues.
Toerek has a particular concentration of clients in the advertising, marketing and creative services industries, and she provides legal counsel on legal issues faced by those industries including copyright and content protection, licensing of creative content, trademark and brand protection matters, agency service contracts, advertising compliance, and direct marketing regulations.
In the industry, Toerek is a recognized author and educator in her areas of expertise to numerous advertising and communications industries organizations, advertising agencies, and in-house marketing teams, and has created and presented numerous training sessions to industry professionals that enable them to recognize legal issues and protect their valuable work and rights.
Toerek has chaired the Intellectual Property Section of the Cleveland Bar Association, and has conducted numerous presentations on intellectual property and advertising law topics before the Cleveland Bar Asssociation, American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland, the Independent Practitioner’s Group, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Akron, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Small Enterprises (COSE).
In her community, Toerek serves as President of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland, Chair of the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Council of Small Enterprises (COSE), on the Board of Directors of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), and as Legal Advisor to Northeast Ohio Communications Affiliates (NOCA), an umbrella organization for Northeast Ohio's professional communications organizations.
|Partner||Licata & Toerek||2006 - Present|
|President||Toerek Co. LPA||1997 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Advertising Federation Cleveland||President||2011 - Present|
|Chairman, Board of Directors||Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE)||2011 - Present|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Juris Doctor||N/A|
|International Association of Business Communicators Cleveland Meeting||Copyright Law for Communications Professionals||2012|
|American Advertising Federation District Conference||How to Stay Out of Trouble with Social Media||2011|
|COSE Small Business Conference 2011||Legal Implications of Social Media||2011|