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LawGram Volume 15, No.4

Table of Contents

Welcome Robert G. Cooper and Anthony R. Ochs

Levin Ginsburg is pleased to announce that Robert G. Cooper and Anthony R. Ochs have joined the firm.
Robert has joined as an Associate in its Litigation, Employment and Probate Practice Groups. Mr. Cooper is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 2009) and the University of Illinois (B.A. Double Major in History and Psychology, 2006).
Robert’s commercial litigation experience includes a diverse array of matters including prosecuting and defending high value breach of contract and fraud actions, mass toxic tort, general liability, premises liability and product liability.
Robert also has extensive experience representing employers and business entities in all manner of employment actions, including those premised upon Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and the Illinois Human Rights Act, and competition, non-solicitation, trade secrets and wage and hour disputes.
Anthony M. Ochs has joined as an Associate in its Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups. Anthony is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School (J.D., 2011) where he was a member of the Editorial Board of The John Marshall Law Review, and Northern Illinois University (B.S. Business, Organizational Management, 2007).
Anthony focuses his practice on acquisitions/divestitures, leasing, financing and commercial and industrial real estate transactions.  He has represented a variety of clients, from developers of specialty retail chains to real estate investment trusts, and also has experience handling commercial property development, construction and architect contracts, land use and zoning issues, and tax incentives.

Illinois Adopts Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act

By: Kristen E. O’Neill
On July 20, 2015, Governor Rauner signed into law a bill that enacts the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (the “Act”). The Act reduces the costs and simplifies the process of litigation in cases where it is necessary to engage in discovery, such as the production of documents or taking of depositions, of individuals that are located in other states. The Act has been adopted in thirty-eight (38) states and has been introduced for consideration by the legislature in several others.


Do Trademarks Create a Brand Monopoly?

By: Natalie Remien
We are all familiar with certain brands: Huggies, Apple, M&Ms, Sony, Gucci, Exxon, and more. We are bombarded with advertisements daily through our mobile devices and televisions that solidify this fame by drawing a strong connection in the minds of the consumers between the products and the companies who produce them. The law gives heightened protection to the owners of famous trademarks, meaning that these companies may be able to prevent others from using similar marks for a wider scope of products or services than the scope of the goods and services contained within the trademark registrations they own.


Want to get a Photography Business Started in Illinois?

By: Dean Tatooles
Levin Ginsburg attorney, Dean Tatooles, is an avid photographer and spends the majority of his free time with others that share his passion for photography. Many photographers, like Dean, are also professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Some of those professionals are interested in marketing and possibly selling their images. To that end, Dean is frequently asked how to get a photography business started up in Illinois. Although not all encompassing, below are a few tips for getting a photography business legally up and running.