Chicago, America's third coast, is home to a vibrant technology community, though often it's overshadowed by other tech hubs such as San Francisco and New York.
Some of the biggest technology companies in the U.S., including Uber, Groupon, Yelp, Grubhub, Salesforce, and Morningstar, have set up their bases in Chicago. Innovation is taking place in all sectors of the industry in Chicago and not surprisingly, Chicago has grown to position itself as the main tech hub for the U.S. between the East and West seaboards. However, the growth of the technology industry in Chicago has also witnessed a rise in lawsuits relating to intellectual property and trademark, resulting in many influential technology law firms setting up offices in Chicago.
Here are five technology law firms in Chicago whose tech-savvy, experienced, client-focused, consummate lawyers have helped technology companies both within walls of courtrooms and without by representing them and advising on intricate and complex legal matters.
1) The Uma Law Group
One of the most influential and leading technology law firms in Chicago that works tirelessly to deliver results is The Uma Law Group (ULG).
The Uma Law Group provides a comprehensive range of legal services and is dedicated to helping its clients thrive. The law firm provides advice and counseling that allow its clients - from small startups to established businesses - to succeed. With offices in both Chicago and Houston, this law firm has helped numerous clients handle their businesses and legal needs, including technology startups, IT management companies, software developers, consultancy firms, healthcare startups, and other emerging businesses.
The law firm is dedicated to zealously serve and aggressively defend clients whose businesses may face challenges and threats from competitors, who allege infringement of their supposed intellectual property rights.
The Uma Law Group has a strong technical know-how and can effectively convey the meaning and significance of technological innovations to judges and juries in a clear, persuasive manner. This, combined with the law firm's trial experiences in federal cases, it apart from others.
The Uma Law Group offers its clients the experience of a large law firm while providing the dedication, personal service, and attention one desires and can find only in a boutique law firm. The law firm understands the intricacies of corporate law and will work diligently to address client's business needs. What sets this technology law firm apart from other technology law firms is its broad range of experience, its creativity, integrity, and its determined efforts to achieve the objectives of its clients.
The Uma Law Group team
The Uma Law Group's managing partner, Uma Bansal, is an alumna of The Johns Hopkins University and Boston College Law School. Her legal career began as an intellectual property lawyer at one of America's largest law firms, where she acquired the technical sophistication and legal savvy that makes her an invaluable asset to her clients. Uma created her own law firm so that she can meld her extensive training with her own personal passion for helping clients in an intimate boutique setting that allows her to grant each client the full attention and care their matter deserves. Since then, Uma and her team have expanded their focus to cover many facets of business representation.
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2) Saper Law
Saper Law is an intellectual property, social media, entertainment, and business law firm that has worked with high-profile clients. The law firm is best known for its expertise in handling business contract negotiations, drafting complex software, domain name, trademark, and copyright licensing agreements, drafting sweepstakes and contest rules, organizing new LLCs or Corporations, and generally serving as outside "inside" counsel to many creative individuals and innovative business organizations.
Saper Law's litigation practice is equally famous for tackling novel internet, social media, and cyberlaw cases as well as traditional cases involving breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, defamation, trademarks, copyrights, right of publicity, and privacy.
Saper Law Team
Daliah Saper, principal, is a member of the Illinois Bar and both the General Bar and Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Daliah has handled many high profile cases (including one she argued before the Illinois Supreme Court) and is regularly interviewed on national tv, radio, and in several publications including Fox News, CNBC, ABC News, The Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, and NPR. She has received the honor of being named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine ten years in a row, is recognized as a leading Media and Entertainment lawyer by Chambers and Partners, was featured on the cover of TheXemplar magazine, was profiled by the Chicago Law Bulletin and recognized as one of that publication's "Emerging Lawyers of 2017," and has been nominated for the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.
Most significantly, Daliah was named to Crain's Chicago's 2017 list "60 Most Influential Women Lawyers," which highlighted her "cutting-edge" internet and social media practice, and Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 2012 list "40 Attorneys Under 40," an incredibly competitive roster of accomplished attorneys compiled from thousands of highly qualified nominations.
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3) Fitzgerald, Franke & Hewes
Fitzgerald, Franke & Hewes has advised and represented numerous technology companies, entrepreneurs and business clients, and because of its small size, the law firm is able to provide high-quality legal services with extraordinary responsiveness, communication, and accessibility.
Some of their recent engagements include: Prepare standard license and service agreement for a software as a service platform. Review modifications to cell tower lease and sublease.File trademark registration for consumer product line.Counsel client on copyright registration for software code.
Fitzgerald, Franke & Hewes Team
The law firm comprises of partners Kathryn Chapman, Tammi Franke, and Philip Hewes.
Kathryn Chapman is a results-oriented multi-lingual attorney with extensive global business experience. Her core competencies include (but are not limited to) intellectual property/technology transactions, telecommunications, bankruptcy/work-outs, SEC/regulatory/compliance matters, acquisition, divestiture and liquidation strategies, venture capital, and equipment leasing.
Tammi Franke has past experience as an entrepreneur and former in-house attorney and understands the mechanics of running a business and the need to develop long-term strategies for maintaining and growing a competitive business. She specializes in business law, equipment leasing, digital media law, advertising law, communication law, copyright law, women entrepreneurs, licensing, software licensing, business continuity, disaster recovery, trademarks, technology, and start-ups.
Philip Hewes is an experienced business lawyer/leader and former chief legal counsel of global organizations. He has assisted technology companies and their personnel with business transactional matters and dispute management, locally and globally. He has also counseled management and human resource personnel in complicated employment policies, labor, and benefits matters facing organizations.
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4) Meyer Law
Meyer Law has emerged as a formidable law firm, assisting various companies, ranging from startups and emerging growth companies to leading technology and fortune500 companies, with commercial and technology transactions.
The law firm has helped clients draft and negotiate complex contracts, including (but not limited to) Master Services Agreement, SaaS Agreement, Clickwrap SaaS Agreement, Mobile Application Development Agreement, Trademark License Agreement, Software License Agreement, Beta Test Agreement, and Pilot Agreement.
Meyer Law's intellectual property lawyers have helped companies protect their intellectual property via traditional methods with trademarks and copyrights and also via contracts with customers, third-party providers, and partners. They specialize in Trademarks, Copyrights, Licensing Agreements, Assignment Agreements, Royalty Agreements, Trademark searches, Intellectual Property disputes, Cease & desist letters and Advising on best practices and procedures.
Meyer Law Team
Founder and Managing Attorney Tricia Meyer has vast experience working at large corporations, including Reliance Globalcom, an international telecommunications company; Discover and HSBC, financial services companies; and Encoda Systems, a global broadcast software company. A graduate of John Marshall Law School, Tricia has almost twenty years of experience in negotiating technology contracts and dealing with various corporate, commercial, employment and intellectual property matters.
Tricia was recently named one of the Most Influential Female Attorney's in Chicago by Crain's Chicago Business. From 2015 - 2017, she was selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Computer & Technology Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law. From 2013 - 2016, she was named a Rising Star in Technology & Outsourcing by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than three percent of lawyers. Tricia has also been featured several times in Chicago Magazine as one of the Top Women Attorney's in Illinois and was selected as Top Corporate Counsel by First Chair.
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5) Mudd Law Offices
Mudd Law Offices strive for excellence. They live and breathe technology and understand their clients who come to them with valuable assets they seek to protect - their lives, their reputations, their businesses, their endeavors, and their passions. They thrive on being at the pure cutting-edge of the convergence of law and technology and push themselves hard to get results for their clients.
Mudd Law Offices Team
Charles Lee Mudd Jr., principal attorney, worked for Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut in its commercial litigation and emerging technologies groups, prior to starting his own law firm in 2001. His tenure at Cummings & Lockwood followed a two-year clerkship with the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Indiana and a one-year clerkship with a United States District Court Judge in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Charles focuses his practice on a wide range of business legal issues, including transactional and litigation matters involving intellectual property, Internet law, and emerging technology. He is highly regarded for his experience and insight in Internet and technology-related litigation and has assisted in drafting proposed state legislation on eavesdropping and other Internet-related matters.
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