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    Patrice is a legal strategist who really gets creative ventures and innovative business models.

    Patrice is the principal attorney and founder of Creative Genius Law. Patrice is experienced in working with creative entrepreneurs and businesses with innovative concepts and models. She develops legal strategy to align the law with her clients’ overall business objectives. She uses the law to identify and create new revenue and visibility opportunities for clients. She puts out fires but her real secret sauce is in using the law as a tool to help her clients business growth and sustainability. Patrice is a key member of her clients’ business teams and collaborates with clients every step of the way. Patrice is very active in creative entrepreneur and business communities as a frequent legal workshop facilitator for several local organizations and member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Artists Coalition.

    The long version:

    • 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

    • Protect Your Brand In Cyberspace, Chicago Creative Expo (2012)
    • The Business of Licensing and Publishing, Collabo Music Industry Mixer (2012)
    • The Top 10 Pitfalls of Creative Entrepreneurs and How to Avoid Them, Zhou B Art Center (2013)
    • Negotiating Contracts, Intellectual Property + A Little Social Media In Between, Chicago Artists Coalition (2013)
    • Got a Blog? Protect Your Brand in Cyberspace, Blogging While Brown Conference (2013)
    • Legal Issues of Small Business Ownership, Chicago Urban League (2013)
    • Pop Up Legal Clinic, Hyde Park Art Center (2014)
    • Pop Up Legal Clinic, South Side Community Art Center (2014)
    • Pop Up Legal Clinic, Zhou B Art Center (2014)
    • How To Counsel Clients on Business Entity Formations, DePaul University College of Law, Technology and Intellectual Property Clinic (2014)
    • Crowdsourcing the Practice: Can Solo and Small Firms Unite via Technology to be Bigger Than Big Law?, American Bar Association (2014)
    • 20/20 Legal: Case Studies and Preventative Steps for Artists, Chicago Artists Coalition (2014)
    • Legal Issues of Small Business Ownership, Chicago Urban League (2014)
    • How to Build a Sustainable Digital Platform (Patrice spoke on the legal considerations of a social media and digital marketing campaign), ColorComm Chicago (2014)
    • Innovation in the Law, AVVO Lawyernomics (2015)
    • Legal Issues of Small Business Ownership, Chicago Urban League (2013)
    • Got a Food Blog? Protect Your Brand in Cyberspace, Eat Write Retreat (2015)
    • Ask-a-Lawyer Help Desk, Altitude Design Summit (2015)
    • To LLC or Not to LLC: Business Entity Selection and Set Up Clinic, LAUNCH Invitational Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition (2015)
    • The Legal Considerations of Sweepstakes and Contests for Bloggers, Blogher Experts Among Us (2015)
    • The Legal Considerations of Starting a New Business, Accomplishment Coaching (2015)
    • The Top 3 Legal Considerations of Starting a Business as a Digital Nomad, The Suitcase Entrepreneur (2015)
    • Speed Business Mentoring (Patrice answered legal questions from emerging and established business owners), Forth Chicago (2015)
    • The Legal Considerations of Starting a New Business, Accomplishment Coaching (2015)
    • Business Entity Formation, Understanding the Anatomy of a Contract, Copyright and Fair Use and Ownership of Creative Work, Survival Guide for Chicago Artists Coalition (2015)
    • Survival Roundtable Discussion (Patrice discussed the legal aspects of building a creative business), Lake FX Conference for Creatives (2015)
    • Legal Issues for Emerging Creative Entrepreneurs, Self-Employment in the Arts Conference (2016)
    • The New Age of Business: Discussion on Millenial Entrepreneurship, Chicago Urban League (2016)
    • Using the Law To Take Your Business to a New Level, Freelancers Union (2016)
    • Legal Office Hours, Chicago Artists Coalition (2016)
    • Freelance Essentials for Artists, LAUNCH Invitational Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition (2016)
    • Legal Coffee Chat, Soho House Chicago (2016)
    • Contracts + The Art of Negotiation, Chicago Artists Coalition (2016)
    • Artist Talk with Rashayla Marie Brown and artist D. Denege Akpem on artistic value, EXPO International Contemporary Art Expo (2016)
    • Protect Your Intellectual Property with Basic Terms of Agreement, Freelancers Union (2016)
    • Business Pitch Judge, Chicago Urban League (2016)
    • I started working with Patrice in the beginning of 2013 to start a non-profit organization. She has a creative mind and helped me to see beyond the cut-and-dry law. We now have 501(c)3 status and can begin to offer new services to advance arts education for our community, students, and educators. As an artist, I also worked with Patrice to trademark my brand. She provided me with plenty of advice to protect my own creative language. Coming from an artist’s background I didn’t understand anything related to the law. Working with Patrice was great because I was able to communicate with her, in and out of meetings to get all of my questions answered. Her answers were always organized and clear. I am looking forward to work with Patrice more while I grow and develop my 501(c)3 organization as well as my own art.

      Injung Oh, Oh Art Foundation

      I started working with Patrice in the beginning of 2013 to start a non-profit organization. She has a creative mind and helped me to see beyond the cut-and-dry law. We now have 501(c)3 status and can begin to offer new services to advance arts education for our community, students, and educators. As an artist, I also worked with Patrice to trademark my brand. She provided me with plenty of advice to protect my own creative language. Coming from an artist’s background I didn’t understand anything related to the law. Working with Patrice was great because I was able to communicate with her, in and out of meetings to get all of my questions answered. Her answers were always organized and clear. I am looking forward to work with Patrice more while I grow and develop my 501(c)3 organization as well as my own art.
      Injung Oh, Oh Art Foundation

      Talking it through with a lawyer and creative advocate like Patrice gave us confidence in our decisions. She pushed us to think about both our short-term and long-term needs and the legal implications of our business. The biggest results that we experienced were talking with a legal professional that understands what is important to creative businesses and receiving small business support beyond “legal services”. Not all lawyers are the same; Patrice is patient and genuinely vested in supporting your creative vision AND your legal needs. You are in good hands.

       

      Paul Branton + Michelle E.M. Merritt, Aplomb Urban Art Salon

      Talking it through with a lawyer and creative advocate like Patrice gave us confidence in our decisions. She pushed us to think about both our short-term and long-term needs and the legal implications of our business. The biggest results that we experienced were talking with a legal professional that understands what is important to creative businesses and receiving small business support beyond “legal services”. Not all lawyers are the same; Patrice is patient and genuinely vested in supporting your creative vision AND your legal needs. You are in good hands.  
      Paul Branton + Michelle E.M. Merritt, Aplomb Urban Art Salon

      Are you serious about your journey and interested in working with us? Request a Getting to Know You Call.

       


  • We are the strategic legal partner for your innovative business:

        Creative Genius Law is a boutique business, intellectual property and new media law firm — we work exclusively with creative entrepreneurs and innovative businesses of all sizes. We serve as a strategic legal partner to clients, using the law to leverage opportunities instead of restricting our client’s creativity. We believe that protecting our client’s intellectual property is the key to leveraging their creativity for cash, impact and legacy.

        Our founder demonstrates a deep commitment to creative entrepreneurial communities — she is a frequent presenter at local institutions and non-profit organizations serving creative entrepreneur and small business communities and is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Artists Coalition.

        We:

      • Listen and support our clients’ creativity and grand ideas from concept to creation, with our legal expertise.
      • Encourage our clients to think about where they want the business to go, so that we can develop legal strategies that support their long-term goals.
      • Give clients our absolute best at all times. Client service is our top priority.
      • Develop strategic relationships with other service providers to make sure that clients have all of the resources needed to make major moves. We realize that the “law” is one part of our client’s overall business planning.
      • Continuously refine and develop services that will meet our clients evolving needs.
      • Only take on clients whose work truly resonates with us and that we are proud to share with the world.
      • Key industries that we serve include:

          • Film and TV
          • Publishing
          • Photographers, Visual Artists and Makers
          • Music
          • E-commerce and Retail
          • Gaming
          • Technology
          • Influencers and Talent
          • Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
          • Wellness
          • Culinary
          • Social Enterprises, B Corporations and Non-Profit Organizations