About the Team

We are a team of creative professionals who firmly believe that you must maintain ownership (or control) of your work, the value of your creativity must be recognized in negotiations and deals, the law shouldn’t restrict your creativity but should instead help you create new opportunities. We also know that your creativity can change communities.

CGL Chicago

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Meet Patrice

Patrice N. Perkins

Principal Attorney
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Patrice N. Perkins

is our principal attorney and American Bar Association-recognized, “Legal Rebel”—a recognition granted to a few attorneys across the globe each year. How’d Patrice end up on this short list? One word: friends. No, not Rachel, Monica and Phoebe, but her actual real life friends. A true creative at heart, Patrice has always surrounded herself with creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. It wasn’t until she became an attorney herself, she realized that so many of her creative friends were without an attorney. When she asked why, they gave a pretty clear response—creatives don’t trust attorneys to understand their needs, allow them to be creative or, as a general rule, just don’t trust attorneys. Realizing the needs of her friends and the creative community at large, in 2010, Patrice founded Creative Genius Law to help creative entrepreneurs and innovators protect their intellectual property (aka their creative capital), leverage it into financially successful businesses and protect the legacy of their work. In other words, she wanted to focus on the law as a tool for creating new opportunities rather then it being a means to restrict creativity. Committed to empowering creatives with the legal education necessary to manage the day-to-days of their businesses, you can catch her leading workshops and participating in panel discussions throughout Chicago. Patrice is also a dedicated board member of Chicago Artists Coalition and the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce. In between prosecuting and defending trademarks, unraveling copyright issues, developing intellectual property strategy, and assisting clients with contract negotiations, you can catch Patrice eyeing beautiful architecture and interiors, and enjoying live music and beautiful art. Patrice is born and raised in Chicago, and resides in a TLC (tiny little condo) in Bronzeville.

Patrice is licensed in the State of Illinois.

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Meet Whitney

Whitney Fletcher

Intellectual Property Practice Development + Legal Assistant
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Whitney Fletcher

is our Intellectual Property Practice Development + Legal Assistant (and in-house DJ). Have you ever purchased something out of season, only to try it on months later and not like it? Maybe it no longer fits, or maybe it just doesn’t tickle your fancy anymore. Either way, you won’t be seen wearing it outside your closet. According to Whitney, that was her first year of law school—a gorgeous, uncomfortable, ill-fitted pantsuit. By the start of her second year of law school she was no longer interested in becoming an attorney. She was, however, exceptionally interested in intellectual property law, specifically copyright and trademark law. A self-proclaimed IP nerd, Whitney received her Masters of Jurisprudence in Intellectual Property Law from The John Marshall Law School. Though not an attorney, Whitney has extensive knowledge in intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, trade dress, and trade secret, and experience registering trademarks with US Patent and Trademark Office. Originally from Georgia, Whitney holds BA in Political Science from Spelman College. A mixologist +live music aficionado +foodie +hip-hop culture enthusiast +neat freak +lover of the arts +serial conversationalist +taboo master +scrabble sensei and Rihanna stan, Whitney is 6 parts nerd, 2 parts creative, 2 parts hippie. Shaken.

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Meet Stephanie

Stephanie S. Green

Of Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Transactions + Creative Placemaking
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Stephanie S. Green

is Of Counsel and works with us in the areas of Commercial Real Estate Transactions + Creative Placemaking. Stephanie finds her professional home at the intersection of creative arts and commercial real estate, which puts her at the forefront of the newly penned “creative placemaking” field. For 20 years, Stephanie’s practice has focused on multifamily, commercial and affordable housing transactions, representing for profit and nonprofit developers, institutional lenders, the Chicago Housing Authority and equity investors. But, she saw herself as a non-conformist in drag, working under the cover of night since 2000 on her creative passion: curating Soleil’s To-Dos – an online calendar of culturally diverse events. Through these two pursuits, Stephanie has become multi-lingual – fluent in English, Creativese and Legalese – which allows her to serve as a strategic legal partner to creative entrepreneurs, for profit and nonprofit organizations that want to transform communities by infusing real estate projects with creative arts, utilizing creative practices or just by developing really cool projects. Stephanie’s practice is owner/developer-focused because she enjoys the opportunity to really connect with a client’s mission, allowing her to advocate on their behalf and connect them with resources to help them accomplish their project goals. While Stephanie has been referred to as “The Zen Master” because of her mellow demeanor, she’s tenacious, savvy and combines ‘deal wit’ with creative problem-solving to get deals closed.

Stephanie is licensed in the State of Illinois.

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Meet Art

Art Steele

Of Counsel, Business Transactions, Intellectual Property + Tax Law
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Art Steele

is Of Counsel and works with us on intellectual property, business transactions, and tax matters. With nearly 10 years of legal practice under her belt, Art began her career at Skadden, Arps in Washington, DC, as a transactional tax associate and later worked as Global Tax Counsel for Discovery Communications. After a life-altering encounter with (the) Oprah Winfrey, she had her very own “ah-ha moment”. Over helping gazillion dollar companies rake in more coins, Art decided to use her tax and IP law training to provide affordable, high-quality legal services to entrepreneurs and creatives. Art is also dedicated to helping creatives legalize their business through the information she provides on her blog and the Legal-EASE for Entrepreneurs podcast – the only podcast dedicated to educating and empowering minority entrepreneurs to tackle the legal aspects of their business.   In addition to providing legal counsel to small businesses, Art is passionate about helping minorities build wealth through estate planning. Art received her JD from American University Washington College of Law and received an LL.M. in Tax from Georgetown Law School. Art is an adjunct law professor at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. where she teaches Wills, Trusts and Estates. Outside of the office, Art loves working on her latest sewing projects and making natural body products and home goods. Also, her name is Art Steele. How appropriate is that?!

Art is licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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