Selected as a 40 Under Forty attorney (2018) which recognizes up-and-coming attorneys across Chicago and Illinois. To be considered for this award, I had to be nominated by my peers & chosen by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer based on intelligence, passion, success, & work in the community.
Established and grew a boutique law firm strategically positioned at the intersection of the law and technology. Concentrated practice information technology; intellectual property; brand reputation and crisis management; and privacy rights.
Developed strong case management and litigation skills by evaluating cases, designing litigation and settlement strategies, drafting briefs, preparing discovery, and resolving issues through judicial hearings and pre-trial motions.
Designed non-litigation and litigation strategy for a broad range of IP cases, with an emphasis on Internet Defamation, Cyberbullying, and Cybersquatting cases.
Pioneered go-to-market social media best practices and website compliance strategies for attorneys, politicians, and financial professionals under various regulatory agencies including Americans with Disability Act website compliance, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), FINRA, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Collaborated with high profile clients to set client expectations and execute both non-litigation and litigation strategies for complex cases including online defamation, domain name disputes, anonymous blogger cyber-smear campaigns, online bullying, and copyright and trademark issues. Notably including a petition to determine the identity of 87 John Does involved in over 250 disparaging blog postings.
Provided legal counsel and representation for start-ups, privately-held businesses, and non-profits on corporate structure and online legal strategy with an emphasis on contract drafting, review and negotiation; policy creation and implementation; copyright and trademark filings and licensing, and ICANN domain name disputes.
Drafted and reviewed social media policies for a variety of clients including executing and implementing a policy for a municipality with over 25,000 citizens.
Presented numerous seminars to clients and professional organizations on the legal and ethical issues surrounding social media.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2009||03/13/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|40 under 40 Attorneys to Watch in Illinois||Chicago Law Bulletin||2018|
|Academic & Community Achievement||Italian-American Police Association Scholarship||2007|
|General Assembly Legislative Scholarship||Illinois General Assembly - Sen. Don Harmon||2005|
|General Assembly Legislative Scholarship||Illinois General Assembly - Senator Don Harmon||2004|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Gianna Scatchell||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Pasky Gruber Scatchell||2014 - 2015|
|Partner||Gruber & Scatchell||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Law Office of Gianna Scatchell||2010 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois Association of Independent Attorneys||Co-founder||2011 - Present|
|Women's Bar Association of Illinois||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Justinian Society of Lawyers||Member||2009 - Present|
|Crain's Chicago Business||Now a lawyer can be in two places at the same time||2016|
|ChicagoInno||A Comprehensive List of Women Founders In Chicago Tech||2016|
|The John Marshall Law School||Alums Gianna Scatchell and Adam Codilis to launch Uber-like app for courtroom appearances||2016|
|WIsconsin Law Journal||LEGAL CENTS: Online booking an inexpensive, but sometimes futile, offering||2012|
|Illinois State Bar Journal||Lawyer Websites: The New Yellow Pages||2012|
|NYU Journal of Law & Business||A License to Deceive: Enforcing Contractual Myths Despite Consumer Psychological Realities - Research Assistant||2009|
|Cornell International Law Journal||Lost in Translation in the Law School Classroom: Assessing Required Coursework in LL.M. Programs for International Students - Research Assistant||2007|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||LL.M - Master of Laws||2016|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||LL.M - Master of Laws||2011|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|American Bar Association||Panel #1 The First Five Years: What to Expect After You Pass the Bar||2015|
|Judge Monkey Bars Open Build Hackathon||Hackathon for Internet of Things||2015|
|IT Drafting and Representing the Technology Client||Information Technology and Privacy Law - John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois||2014|
|Judge for the International Moot Court Competition||Information Technology & Privacy Law||2014|
|International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology & Privacy Law||Google Glass and Right of Publicity Issues||2013|
|Continuing Legal Education||Practical Implementations of Cutting Edge Social Media Tools||2012|
|DDM 11||Legal Implications of Daily Deal Sites - Co-panelist||2011|
|T.A. v. the Dirty WorldWide LLC||Ongoing|
|M.A. v. Twitter Inc.||Successfully determined the identities of the anonymous cyber-bullies|
|R.S. v. Topix||Successfully determined the identity of the anoymous bloggers|
|J.L. v Pinger Inc.||Ongoing|
|SP v. Method Construction||Successfully resolved matter during mediation|
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