Creative Genius Law: Snubbing mediocracy since 2010.

Some call us enablers of genius. We use legal strategies to promote your business from side hustle to main squeeze.

For you, success isn’t just about the money. It’s about changing the game and building your legacy. We leverage the law to help you unleash your genius.

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Giving up is the difference between success and failure.


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    “We regret to inform that you were not selected as a candidate for the fall class of 2003.”

    Success without setbacks only happens in made for tv movies. But you’ve got this, Genius.

    It was 2003. I remember that moment like it was five minutes ago, though not much of what followed. Nothing else mattered. I was expecting something more like, “Congratulations…” It should have been the beginning of my career as a law student and future attorney.

    I gave myself a few days of sobbing and ice cream gluttony. I’d made a pact (with myself) a few years earlier that I’d stay the course no matter what. This was the what. It was a flat tire during my professional journey. However, one doesn’t cancel their journey because of a blow out. You fix it and get back on the road. That’s exactly what I did.

    The first order of business was taking a long hard look at would I could do to strengthen my application for the next go-round. Truth is, my LSAT score was whack. I hate standardized tests (don’t we all). I didn’t want to retest. It wasn’t worth the risk knowing that this sort of testing wasn’t my strong suit. I applied and was quickly accepted to a reputable grad school program that aligned with my interests. I worked my tail off, that first year of my graduate studies. 3.9 GPA. Yes. Once step closer.

    I didn’t stop with kicking butt in my program. I landed a job working in risk management for G.E. Capital (rail division). It was the eye of the tiger. The fight was getting into law school. It paid off big time when not only was I accepted in round dos with a partial scholarship. Law school in 2004. I was ready. I’d hit my stride.

    Or, so I thought. The universe smacked me with a “hey lady wake-up, no resting on your laurels” moment when I received a C in my legal writing class. As a bonafide writer (I am) this was not okay. A pep talk was in order, it went something kinda like this, “Okay Patrice, you know you’re a great researcher and writer, what’s the best way to let everyone else know it?” Become a research assistant for a distinguished law professor. Check. Work your arse off. Check. Compete for a slot as a staff writer for our Health Law Journal. Land said spot. Check, check. I even served as Business & Publications Editor for three consecutive years.

    This is not a discourse on my law school journey (because who cares right?). It’s a testimony to my superpower – my ability to persevere, smash goals, and soar, even when the world tries to knock me off balance.



  • I believe that anything is possible. Even when the odds are stacked against you (and this is why I am not only an attorney but your genius coach and an American Bar Association recognized, “Legal Rebel”).

    Given this unexpected start, I considered myself a non-traditional law student and, now a more un-conventional attorney. In my professional career I’ve worked in roles allowing me to protect the underdog, lead start-up initiatives, change lives, and disrupt industries (everything that I love and bring to the table in Creative Genius Law).

    • As a pro bono coordinator for a legal aid organization, I started and designed our Continuing Legal Education Program, and started and developed our Special Education legal project. Our Special Ed program was recognized by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke.
    • As part of a small start up team for a Federal Court appointed compliance office, I developed compliance and monitoring protocols to ensure merit-based employment practices in local government offices. It’s the only program of it’s kind in the United States.
    • As founder of StreetFood Artistry, a non-profit organization, I provide pro bono legal services to one deserving creative entrepreneur each year. We hosted the first food truck fest in Chicago.
    • As the national social media director for a legal tech start-up, I steer social media and digital marketing strategies. Our online network makes small law [firms] competitive with BigLaw by crowdsourcing resources and collaboration. It’s a game changer.

    My mission is to make lifelong creativepreneurship possible for you:

    • I counsel you on the Real Law to allow you to build and protect a successful business and brand that lasts.
    • I drop the lawyer speak (plain ole’ English here) so that you’re able to get a firm grasp on how the law works for your business.
    • As an integral part of your core team, I actively assess what legal strategies are necessary to support your long term vision, and goals.


  • And, here are the lawyer(ly) creds:

    • Juris Doctor, DePaul University College of Law. B.S. Business Economics, Florida A&M University.
    • Business and Publications Editor, DePaul Health Law Journal
    • Contributing Researcher, In the Shadows of the War on Terror, Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the United States: A Report Prepared for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, presented in Geneva, Switzerland.
    • 2014 American Bar Association “Legal Rebel”

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
      • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Office Action Task Force
      • Copyright & Social Media Committee
      • Trademark Litigation Committee
      • Trademarks & The Internet Committee
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League
    • Future Leaders Council, YWCA
    • Chicago Artists Coalition

    Speaking Engagements and Workshops

    • Creative Expo: Protect Your Brand In Cyberspace (2012)
    • Collabo Music Industry Mixer: The Business of Licensing and Publishing (2012)
    • Zhou B Art Center: The Top 10 Pitfalls of Creative Entrepreneurs (2013)
    • Chicago Artists Coalition: Negotiating Contracts, Intellectual Property + A Little Social Media In Between (2013)
    • Blogging While Brown Conference (NY): Got a Blog? Protect Your Brand in Cyberspace (2013)
    • Chicago Urban League (2013)
    • Hyde Park Art Center (2014)
    • South Side Community Art Center (2014)
    • Chicago Artists Coalition (2014)
    • ColorComm Chicago (2014)
    • AVVO Lawyernomics (upcoming 2015)

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Business Set-up + Transactions

Business Set-up + Transactions

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Business Set-up + Transactions

  • Help you select the proper business entity and handle the set up for you (including LLCs, S Corps, C Corps and 501c3).
  • Counsel on how to maintain your business in compliance with state law.
  • Draft joint venture agreements to safeguard your assets when entering new business partnerships.
  • Draft non-disclosure and no-compete agreements to protect your business’ intellectual property including trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks.
  • Counsel on employee and personnel matters.
  • Draft employment contracts, policies and handbooks for your team.
  • Draft independent contractor and consulting agreements so that your outsourced work is protected.
  • Draft independent contractor and consulting agreements to protect your freelance business.
  • Counsel you through the process of purchasing or selling a business.
  • Review and negotiate commercial lease agreements on your behalf.
  • Draft, review and negotiate other contracts.
Social Media + Cyberspace

Social Media + Cyberspace

Counsel on how to use social media to effectively market your brand while minimizing risks of infringement.

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Social Media + Cyberspace

  • Implement cease and desist strategies for people who infringe on your brand online.
  • Handle domain name disputes on your behalf.
  • Counsel on legally publishing a blog and managing user content.
  • Draft privacy and terms of use policies for your website that are tailored for your line of business.
Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Copyrights and Trademarks

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Trademark:

  • Help you and your team create a viable brand that can be protected with a trademark.
  • Identify potential conflicts and competing trademarks with a trademark search.
  • Register your trademark and counsel you on maintaining it.
  • Monitor your registered trademark to detect instances of infringement.
  • Represent your company before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, including filing and defending Oppositions.

Copyright:

  • Counsel you on copyright matters such as fair use and infringement.
  • Draft work for hire agreements to maintain copyright ownership when working with outside vendors.
  • Secure copyright clearances and licenses for your use in creative projects.
  • Register your copyright.
  • Draft licensing agreements and negotiate them on your behalf.
Advertising + Marketing

Advertising + Marketing

Counsel on the legalities of running contests, giveaways and promotions, and draft the guidelines to protect your business.

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Advertising + Marketing

  • Draft sponsorship agreements that best protect your company’s interests.
  • Review and counsel on advertising and marketing campaigns for copyright and regulatory issues.
  • Draft talent, joint marketing and other agreements that may be necessary to support your advertising and marketing effort.

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