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My practice is a national intellectual property and technology law practice. I represent both defendants and John Doe subpoena targets in BitTorrent downloader cases in both federal and state court. My practice also includes litigation on behalf of companies and individuals in the produce industry in Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) matters. 

I am licensed in Illinois and Georgia, and am admitted to practice in the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois; the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin; the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the District of Colorado. 

I also provide federal local counsel representation in all federal matters in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 



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  1. Litigation: 100%
    12 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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The Russell Firm

233 South Wacker Drive
84th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60606


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/17/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200407/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyers Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Super Lawyers - Rising StarsLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Super Lawyers - Rising StarsLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Founding MemberThe Russell Firm2010 - Present
AttorneyHawkins & Parnell2007 - 2009
AttorneyDennis Corry Porter & Smith2003 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jackson et al. v. Whitworth, et al.Motion to Dismiss granted
Ruddy v. Holiday Inn Midtownsummary judgment granted
Woodruff v. J.R.S. et al.successfully mediated claims of over 90 plaintiffs
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Publication nameTitleDate
LegallyErin blogvarious blog entries2010
DRITrucking Policyholder's Duty To Preserve Coverage2009
Spoliation of Evidence - ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice SectionSpoliation of Evidence - A State by State Summary2008
Defense Research Institute (DRI)Ethical Conundrums of Group Settlements in Multi-Party Litigation2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of Wisconsin, Green BayPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2001