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FOR the last 18 years, 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.



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Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 50%
    19 years, 500 cases
  2. Corporate: 20%
    19 years, 100 cases
  3. Contracts: 15%
    19 years, 200 cases
  4. Venture Capital: 15%
    17 years, 12 cases



Hourly ($295-395/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Adler & Franczyk | Safeguarding Ideas, Relationships & Talent®

203 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2550
Chicago, IL, 60601


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2012 Illinois SuperLawyerSuperLawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Corporate CounselCision f/k/a Bacon's Information2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar Association, Corporation and Business Law CommitteePast Chair - Start-up & Entrepreneurial Ventures Subcom.2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Best Vacuum Inc. v. MH Vacuum & Sewing MachineSuccessful injunction against infringer
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Publication nameTitleDate
Landslide® magazine, ABA Section of Intellectual Property LawFashion Law: Protecting Brands and Designs2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Indiana UniversityEnglish & HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
RSAConferenceSocial Media in Marketing and the Workplace: Legal and Regulatory Compliance2013
E-Commerce for Business Attorneys Online CLEE-Commerce for Business Attorneys: Ensuring Compliance, Avoiding Liabilities2012
AllFacebook ConferenceFaceBook Marketing Legal & Regulatory Compliance2012
Digital HollywoodMonetizing Original Media: Broadband, Viral, Episodic Programming, Content & Advertising2010
Search Engine Strategies: The Oprah Winfrey LitigationTrademark and Copyright Fair Use and Right of Publicity issues in Marketing2009
Search Engine Startegies New York: Intellectual Property TrackPractical Copyright & Trademark Guidance for Webmasters and SEMs2006