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October 12, 2023 | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT

Gibson's Steakhouse, 1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Members: Complimentary
Non-members: Complimentary for In-House Counsel non ACC Members and Guests of the Sponsor

Overview (Program Summary)

One of the most critical questions facing both parties in soft intellectual property cases is whether to seek a trial by jury. This one hour CLE-accredited seminar will assist in-house counsel to assess whether a potential case is a good candidate for a jury trial, explore some of the pros and cons of a trial by jury, and will provide recommendations to structure your case so that your election of a jury trial will ultimately provide an advantage over the alternative.


Honorable Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer:  Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer was nominated by President William Clinton on July 31, 1997, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge William Thomas Hart.  She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998, and received her commission on October 22, 1998.  On July 1, 2019, Judge Pallmeyer became the first female Chief Judge in the nearly 200 years of the Northern District’s existence.  Among many other accomplishments, Judge Pallmeyer has served as the Seventh Circuit’s District Judge Representative to the United States Judicial Conference and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference.  She is an honorary fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  She is also past President of the Lawyers Club of Chicago, past President of the Richard Linn American Inn of Courts, and an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the American Bar Association.

David Ervin, Partner, Crowell & Moring, Washington D.C.: David Ervin has nearly 30 years of litigation and trial experience in advertising and intellectual property cases and is nationally recognized for his experience and knowledge as a litigator and counselor in the field.  David has extensive experience in all aspects of trial work, having represented some of the most well-known companies in their most critical cases.  

Jeffery Handelman, Partner, Crowell & Moring, Chicago, IL: Jeffery Handelman more than 35 years of experience handling complex intellectual property litigation and is also nationally recognized for his extensive knowledge as a highly skilled litigator and counselor.  He focuses on trademark, unfair competition, trade dress, dilution, false advertising, copyright, licensing, trade secret, and Internet-related matters.

Fan Cheng, Associate, Crowell & Moring, Chicago, IL: Fan focuses her practice on all aspects of trademark prosecution and litigation, and has a wealth of experience in soft intellectual property cases.


Participants seeking MCLE credit must sign-in and provide their IL ARDC number and email address.

Valet parking available.

5:00 pm: Registration and Networking
6:00 pm: Dinner
6:15 – 7:15 pm: Presentation
7:15 pm: Q&A


Credits: 1 Hour
State: Illinois
Category: General

Contact (RSVP)

Lisa Carreras, Executive Administrator

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