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Through my law practice I get to support my clients’ vision, energy and business goals while helping them navigate obstacles they are facing.

Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Employment

Education

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School with honors, 1990

  • B.S., Northwestern University, 1986

  • B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2003

Clerkship

  • Law Clerk, the Hon. Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1990-1991

Admissions and Qualifications

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Prior Experience

  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP - Partner (1996-2001) (Associate 1990-1996)
  • Schoeman, Updike, Kaufman & Scharf (2011-2012)

Deirdre A. Fox

312-662-4999

Attorney Tabs

Publishing & Speaking

PUBLICATIONS

  • "A Discussion of Facial Recognition Technology, Interactive Displays and Recent Legal Developments," The Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property Law, November 2015.
  • "A Few Words on Discovery of Social Media Evidence," Decalogue Tablets, The Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Spring 2015.
  • "The Rise of Social Media and Its Role in Litigation," Co-Authored with Sarah Marmor, Virginia Kim, Cloud Computing and Electronic Discovery (Wiley) (ed. J. Martin, H, Cendrowski,), 2014.
  • "Going Beyond Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants: Intellectual Property Protections in Employment Agreements," ERR Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2014.
  • "Non-Compete Purgatory: You Know You are Leaving, But You Are Not Gone (Yet)," Co-Authored, Non-Competition, Trade Secrets, Proprietary Information, and Duty of Loyalty Subcommittee, ERR Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2014.
  • "Stretching Beyond the Sea Shore: Non-Compete Geographic Restrictions In a Virtual World," Co- Authored, Non-Competition, Trade Secrets, Proprietary Information, and Duty of Loyalty Subcommittee, ERR Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2013.  Click here to read.                                                   
  • "A Harsh Reminder From U.S. Courts: Don't Let Your Marks Go Out Naked," International Law News, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Vol. 41, No. 1, Winter 2012.
  • "Product Litigation over Defective Construction Products, in Product Liability Litigation, " Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, Practicing Law Institute, S. Scharf, L. Spacapan, T. Braun & S. Marmor, eds. 2012.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Clients and Your Firm,” Illinois State Bar Association, (October 5, 2017).
  • Speaker, “Ethics in the Practice of IP Law,” John Marshall Law School (May 5, 2017).
  • "Employment Agreements, NDAs, and Data Security,” Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, IL, February 1, 2017.
  • "Mining Data and Privacy: A Primer," Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 14, 2015.
  • "Copyrights on the Street: Creating and Preserving Graffiti and Other Art in Public Spaces," Copyright Society of the United States, Annual Meeting, Newport, Rhode Island, June 9, 2015.
  •  "Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements: Intellectual Property and Other Tips and Traps for the Unwary," Employment Rights and Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, March 2015.
  • "Fundamental Intellectual Property Law and Related Restrictive Covenants for Labor and Employment Lawyers," American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, Annual Section Meeting, November 2014.
  •  "Navigating Social Media and the Law," The Decalogue Society of Lawyers, October 2014.
  •  "Identifying Intellectual Property Issues in Start-ups," Illinois State Bar Association, May 27, 2014.
  • "Non-Compete Purgatory: Leaving But Not Yet Gone," Employment Rights and Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, March 2014.
  •  "Legal Considerations of Crowdfunding: Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection and Securities Issues," LEXVID Continuing Professional Education, 2014.
  • "Crowd Funding 101," Illinois State Bar Association, February 13, 2014.
  •  "Apple v. Samsung: Is it the Patent Case of the Year?" Illinois State Bar Association, December 10, 2012.
  • "Can You Really Run a Practice from a Tablet?"  Legal Trends for Non-Techies: Topics, Trends, and Tips to Help your Practice, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2012.