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David Michael Adler

Intellectual property Attorney at Riverwoods, IL

5.0   8 reviews

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    We guide clients in all aspects of the acquisition, licensing, application, protection and enforcement of their IP rights, including patents and trademarks. This includes supporting clients in Retail, Finance, Healthcare, IT, Media & Entertainment.

    25 years, 500 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Responsible for reviewing, revising, drafting and negotiating contracts, including master services agreements, statements of work, licenses, RFP responses and supporting documents across business units. Support business clients in negotiating price,

    25 years, 200 cases

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    We work with small- to medium-sized companies and assist with cradle-to-grave corporate law issue such as corporation and LLC formation, finance (both debt and private equity/venture capital), contract drafting, negotiation and enforcement, copyright

    25 years, 100 cases

  4. Entertainment
    We advise creative professionals & entrepreneurs in the Entertainment, Media & Arts industries on matters relating to creation, protection and commercial exploration of personality, celebrity talent and performance rights for artists, producers, etc.

  5. Patent application

  6. Trademark application

  7. Venture capital
    Private Equity & Venture Capital services for Start-ups, Founders, Investors and other early stage companies using equity for incentives and growth capital.

    23 years, 12 cases

Since 1997, I have guidied entrepreneurs, executives, creative professionals and organizations through the dynamic and sometimes murky legal challenges presented by the interrelated areas of Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secrets, Privacy, Information Security, Marketing & Advertising, Social Media, Digital Business and Regulatory Compliance. I have significant in-house counsel experience managing the legal affairs of industry-leading software providers in the public relations and marketing industries, negotiating, and drafting enterprise-level Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) agreements and contracts with a heavy emphasis on proprietary rights.

Copyright Services.

• Twenty Four (24) hour Expedited preparation and filing of a copyright application. Please allow five (5) business days to receive confirmation of filing.
• Preparation of federal copyright applications by a licensed attorney, including a review for accuracy, completeness and avoidance of common pitfalls.
• Electronic Filing of your application directly with the Copyright Office.
• Electronic payment of Copyright fees.
• Receipt, review and respond to correspondence to help assist you with any issues or questions from the Copyright Office.
• Registration Certificate (mailed to you directly from the U.S. Copyright Office).
• Draft Transfer and Assignment letters to sell or otherwise convey copyrights.
• Digitalization (and formatting) of upload specimens and works.
• Draft and respond to Cease and Desist Letters, Software Audit demands, Copyright Infringement notices, and customized action letters if someone infringes on your copyright.


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Licensed for 25 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2020
Updated 06/08/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1997
Updated 10/11/2022

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

Contact David

Adler Law Group | Safeguarding Ideas, Relationships & Talent®
300 Saunders Road
Suite 100
Riverwoods, IL, 60015


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Jeanne | December 15, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Well that was easy!
It was been so nice working with David on the publishing contract for my artwork. He made the process less daunting and overwhelming. It can be a nervous experience working with a lawyer but working with Adler Law Group was easy. I have no hesitation recommending David to others.
Posted by Amanda | December 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Helpful and Personable
It has been so nice working with you as a new start-up business. You really made the process less daunting and overwhelming. It can be a nervous experience working with a lawyer but you made working with Adler Law easy. I'm happy to recommend you to other designers
Posted by Karen | October 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Experienced, Efficient
I contacted David to handle a contract and copyright issue. He was extremely efficient and professional in all of his communications. David was able to expedite both issues and complete them within a week. It was a pleasure to meet and work with him.
Response from David Adler November 3, 2020
Thank you Karen! It was a privilege to work on this with you!
Posted by Boris | November 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney, who cares about his clients
David has been my attorney for over 10 years, at first in the film world - I produced and directed several features and David did all the legal work for those, including setting up the corporations and fundraising documents - and then for my most recent entrepreneurial venture. David is dedicated, efficient, direct, and has a lot of integrity. He always goes the extra mile, and truly cares about his clients. Can't recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Justin | October 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Succeeding where others have not
As a small company, working with David Adler has been and will continue to be an advantage for us. The broad knowledge and experience he brings to the table in multiple areas is helping us navigate a few areas that are crucial to our business and allows us to focus on growth confidently!
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2010
Simply the best!
David is our legal services provider pertaining to healthcare IT and Trademarks. He is a very ethical lawyer who always puts our interests first. After our first conversation with him, he made us feel comfortable and confident with his depth of knowledge in the field and his approachability even though we had not met him. He understands the needs of a start-up company and possesses the skill-set to guide us as we continue growing. We highly recommend David.
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Posted by Grant | February 26, 2010
Very professional, trustworthy, and results-oriented. Always looking out for your best interests – a true partner in your corner
I've had David Adler as my attorney since 2001, and he has exceptionally handled all of my business' legal needs – from starting my business, to setting up and enforcing contracts, to copyright infringement, and just overall education on the law as it applies to online marketing. David is an excellent educator who I also have interviewed many times on my podcast show and video newscast, at I wholeheartedly recommend him to others.
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Posted by Brian | February 25, 2010
Top Notch Service, Advice and Execution
David and his team provided us their expertise in preparing and filing our trademark. We were impressed from the beginning and while we are in the final stage of the trademark issuing, the whole process has worked very well and quickly. We would recommend him and his firm.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Cision f/k/a Bacon's Information
  • 2004 - 2006


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Best Vacuum Inc. v. MH Vacuum & Sewing Machine
  • Successful injunction against infringer


  • Chicago Bar Association, Start up and Entrepreneurial Ventures Subcommittee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Corporation and Business Law Committee
  • Past Chair - Start-up & Entrepreneurial Ventures Subcom.
  • 2004 - 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English


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  • 2019
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  • 2018
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  • 2017
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  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Search Engine Startegies New York: Intellectual Property Track
  • Practical Copyright & Trademark Guidance for Webmasters and SEMs
  • 2006
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