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Information Technology Law Institute 2012: Innovations in Apps, E-books, Cybersecurity, Mobile Technology, Privacy and Social Media


Speaker(s): Ann M. Heimberger, Christina J. Moser, Dan Offner, David Nardoni, Deirdre Merrill, Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, James Q. Walker, Jed Ritchey, Jeremy Pomeroy, Jonathan W. Hughes, Joseph V. DeMarco, Katherine C. Spelman, Lee Tien, Marc S. Roth, Peter Brown, Sarah Egdal, Steven V. Hunter, Suzanne Y. Bell
Recorded on: Apr. 3, 2012
PLI Program #: 34223

Ann Heimberger's practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation. Her experience includes litigation in business contract and tort cases; trademark, copyright and patent infringement; trade secret misappropriation; unfair competition; domain name disputes and employee movement. Ms. Heimberger also manages international and U.S. trademark portfolios for clients in diverse industries, and represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Ms. Heimberger has provided these services to clients in a wide variety of industries, including e-commerce, financial services, real estate services, computer software, medical devices, herbal supplements, aerospace, news and entertainment, wine, and charitable organizations, as well as to individuals.

Ms. Heimberger was a senior member of the trial team led by Barry W. Lee and Robert A. Zeavin in Manatt's successful representation of ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited, against The Boeing Company and its Boeing Satellite Systems International subsidiary, which resulted in the largest total damages award in the U.S. for 2008. The jury's award to ICO, with interest and punitive damages, exceeded $600 million for fraud, tortious interference and breach of contract.


EDUCATION

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1998.
    • Staff Editor, Environmental Law Journal.
  • Duke University, B.A., English, 1992.
    • Editor-in-Chief, The Chronicle.


MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES
  • Admitted to practice in California, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Member, State Bar of California.
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California.
  • Member, International Trademark Association.
  • Member, National Institute of Trial Attorneys.


Christina J. Moser has broad experience enforcing intellectual property and related rights for clients ranging from multinational industrial corporations to medical device firms, to artists and organizations in the music and film industries.

Ms. Moser has represented clients in state and federal courts across the United States, including California, Ohio, the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of Massachusetts. She has prepared and filed complaints, organized and conducted discovery, obtained preliminary injunctions against trademark counterfeiters, briefed a wide range of procedural and substantive issues, assisted in patent claim construction hearings and successfully enforced hard-won settlement agreements.

Recently, on behalf of the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit, her thorough investigation skills turned up a prior trade secret lawsuit by the plaintiff involving the claimed technology that had not been disclosed to the Patent Office. As a result of this discovery, the client was able to successfully settle the matter at an early stage.

Ms. Moser’s trial experience includes serving as lead counsel for a successful bench trial, which was later upheld on appeal (Schleimer v. Winter (L.A.S.C. 2001)) and serving as second chair in Duramax, Inc. v. Roppe Corporation, N.D. Ohio Case No. 03cv7571, a patent infringement matter involving a flooring device that resulted in a finding of non-infringement and a declaration of invalidity in favor of the firm’s client. Her published opinions include Scott Fetzer Co. v. Gehring, 288 F. Supp. 2d 696 (E.D.Pa. 2003), in which the court determined that the
KIRBY mark was “famous” and infringed.

Ms. Moser also has extensive experience advising on corporate best practices and enforcement strategies, overseeing due diligence investigations and managing trademark prosecutions and oppositions in both the United States and abroad.

Ms. Moser is a member of the Federal, Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association. She is a Committee Member of the CMBA’s Cleveland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Secretary of the CMBA Intellectual Property Section and Chair of CIPLA’s Copyrights Office Practice, Copyright Law and Computer Software Committee.

She is also a member of the N.D. Ohio Local Patent Rules Drafting Committee. She was declared an “Ohio Rising Star” in the area of intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.

Education

  • LL.M., Intellectual Property, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2001, with merit
  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1998, magna cum laude
  • B.S., Interpersonal Communications, Ohio


David Nardoni is a Director in PwC's Forensic Services practice with 14 years of experience in the fields of forensic investigations, malware capability assessments, cybercrime and information security consulting. 

Mr. Nardoni has led multiple computer forensic investigations dealing with economic espionage, PCI data breaches, intellectual property theft and insider threats. He has responded to numerous crisis incidents and helped organizations worldwide. 

At PwC, Mr. Nardoni advises clients on cyber threats, malware detection, incident response, and insider threat investigations. His recent investigative engagements include responding to state sponsored attacks against clients in the manufacturing, natural resources and energy industries. Prior to PwC, Mr. Nardoni was the computer forensic lab manager in Los Angeles for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services.  

Previously, Mr. Nardoni was the President of an information security consulting firm that specialized in computer forensics and security assessments. He has a BA in Economics, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is an Encase Certified Examiner (EnCE). 

Mr. Nardoni has spoken on a number of cyber security related topics such as Memory Analysis and Malware Triage, Anatomy of an APT Attack and Metadata - The Who, What, Where, Why and How of a Document.


Jed Ritchey is the General Counsel for Unity Technologies in San Francisco. Unity Technologies is revolutionizing the game industry with its breakthrough development platform for creating games and interactive 3D content. 

Jed is a veteran early stage company lawyer and counselor to software, gaming, social media, and wireless businesses. He has served in senior legal positions with Zynga, NextWave Wireless and Support.com. Jed started his legal career in private practice with Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel in San Jose. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis and his law degree from Santa Clara University where he served on the Law Review.


Jonathan Hughes joined Arnold & Porter LLP on January 1, 2012, when the firms of Arnold & Porter and Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC combined.

Mr. Hughes is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice group, where he focuses on representing law firms and lawyers in complex litigation and legal ethics matters. He has tried and won numerous cases, including, recently, the defense of a national law firm and several of its individual partners in a case brought by the Chapter 7 trustee of a law firm that dissolved and filed for bankruptcy, in which the trustee was seeking profits, under Jewel v. Boxer, on matters that originated at the dissolved firm.

Mr. Hughes also represents technology and financial services companies, and businesses and executives in partnership dispute, unfair competition, and other commercial litigation matters. Mr. Hughes tried and won a four-week jury trial in Tampa, Florida for a California-based software company. He also was part of the trial team for the Oakland Raiders in a four-month jury trial in Sacramento, California resulting in a $34.2 million jury verdict for the Raiders.

Mr. Hughes has lectured on a variety of issues, including legal ethics, electronic discovery and evidence, and the use of technology in trial.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. During law school, Mr. Hughes was a member of the Hastings Law Journal and a member of the Thurston Society. He was an extern to the Honorable Fern M. Smith of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Mr. Hughes was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2007 and is an AV-rated attorney, a peer-awarded honor given by Martindale-Hubbell. He was also honored by the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley with the Honorable Robert F. Peckham Award for his outstanding public interest litigation work.

Education

  • JD, Order of the Coif, UC Hastings College of the Law, 1996
  • AB in Political Science, cum laude, University of California, Davis, 1993

Admissions
  • California
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Sarah A. Egdal is the Associate General Counsel for Spark Networks, where she has responsibility for drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including those related to advertising and affiliate relationships, reviewing and filing Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and general compliance and risk management. Prior to joining Spark Networks, Ms. Egdal was an associate in the corporate department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. 

 


Areas of Practice

Kate Spelman has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic advice, design and implementation counsel for large, mid-sized and startup companies on copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent matters, both nationally and internationally, and has a special focus on media, licensing and mass digitization issues. Kate advises and counsels clients on the development, production, sale and defense of work related to emerging content distribution strategies and challenges, special issues in news reporting including repurposing content, and firewall and paywall configuration in light of changes in the fair use defense.

Kate is a frequent speaker on the progress of emerging copyright and digital publishing issues, and has advised authors, nonprofit and for-profit publishers, and internet service providers on the new language and provisions of the changed, global distribution environment. She has represented large digital publishing companies in international distribution agreements as well as represented developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online transmissions, storytelling, expression and art.

Additionally, Kate has experience assisting clients with Open Source licensing issues, including Open Source integrated licenses, audits, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, and compliance negotiations. Kate also helps clients design independent holding companies in the U.S. and in offshore intellectual property asset management. She has experience with intellectual property asset audits, and has assisted companies in proactive and reactive Sarbanes-Oxley compliance reporting requirements.

Academics

• Pepperdine University (Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 1990)

• University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1980)

• University of Michigan (B.A., Classics and Latin, 1976)


James Walker concentrates in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, complex commercial litigation, professional liability and legal ethics.  Mr. Walker represents companies and senior executives in investigations of potential violations of the securities laws, and law firms and lawyers in litigations and proceedings involving investigations of criminal, regulatory and/or professional misconduct claims.  Mr. Walker is the Chair of the New York County Lawyer’s Association Professional Ethics Committee.  He has served on the New York City Bar’s Professional Discipline, Professional and Judicial Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Securities Regulation Committees, and on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics, where he has been a member since 1996.  Mr. Walker frequently lecturers on legal ethics, internal investigations and corporate governance, and has published articles addressing on attorney-client privilege, professional ethics, and issues arising under the securities laws.  Mr. Walker also serves as General Counsel to Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP.


Jeremy Pomeroy, a Partner at the law firm of Pomeroy Law Group PLLC, focuses his practice in the areas of information technology, digital media, intellectual property, First Amendment and advertising law. His clients include Internet startups and established media and technology companies, among others.

Mr. Pomeroy previously worked as Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc. At Reed, Mr. Pomeroy spearheaded the company's expansion into China and India and provided counsel to data services and media properties, including Variety, Publishers Weekly and Interior Design magazines.

Before working at Reed, Mr. Pomeroy was the General Counsel at Dash.com, Inc., a venture-backed Internet company, where he managed all legal matters as a member of the senior management team.

Prior to Dash, Mr. Pomeroy worked at the then-leading information technology firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner and at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.

Mr. Pomeroy has written, counseled and presented on cutting edge legal issues relating to social media, copyrights, trademarks, blogging, licensing, software, podcasting, database protection, libel, marketing, advertising, sweepstakes, marketing, webcasting, and user-generated content, among other topics. Mr. Pomeroy has published articles on a wide variety of topics in numerous publications including the National Law Journal, New York Newsday, the Multimedia & Web Strategist, the Computer Law Strategist, and the New York University Law Review.

Mr. Pomeroy graduated from Yale College and the New York University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor on the Law Review.

Work History: 

·         Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher

·         Associate at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner

·         General Counsel, Dash.com, Inc.

·         VP & Associate General Counsel, Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.


Joseph V. DeMarco is a partner at DeVore & DeMarco LLP where he specializes in counseling clients on complex issues involving information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions, on-line fraud, and the lawful use of new technology. His years of experience in private practice and in government handling the most difficult cybercrime investigations handled by the United States Attorney’s Office have made him one of the nation’s leading experts on Internet crime and the law relating to emerging technologies.

From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco served an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program, a group of five prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cybercrime laws and intellectual property offenses. Under his leadership, cybercrime prosecutions grew from a trickle in 1997 to a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office, encompassing all forms of criminal activity affecting e-commerce and critical infrastructures including computer hacking crimes; transmission of Internet worms and viruses; electronic theft of trade secrets; illegal use of “spyware”; web-based frauds; unlawful Internet gambling; and criminal copyright and trademark infringement offenses. As a recognized expert in the field, Mr. DeMarco was frequently asked to counsel prosecutors and law enforcement agents regarding novel investigative and surveillance techniques and methodologies, and regularly provided advice to the United States Attorney concerning the Office’s most sensitive computer-related investigations. In 2001, Mr. DeMarco also served as a visiting Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C., where he focused on Internet privacy, gaming, and theft of intellectual property.

Mr DeMarco is on the panel of approved neutrals of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) where he focuses on resolving disputes between businesses involving data privacy, high-technology and commercial law issues.  He speaks frequently on the benefits of ADR in the area of data security and privacy litigation.

Since 2002, Mr. DeMarco has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the upper-class Internet and Computer Crimes seminar. He has spoken throughout the world on cybercrime, e-commerce, and IP enforcement. He has lectured on the subject of cybercrime at Harvard Law School, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Advocacy Center, and at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and has served as an instructor on cybercrime to judges attending the New York State Judicial Institute.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. DeMarco was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, where he concentrated on intellectual property, antitrust, and securities law issues for various high-technology clients. Prior to that, Mr. DeMarco served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. DeMarco holds a J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law. At NYU he was a member of the NYU Law Review. He received his B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  Mr. DeMarco is active in numerous professional associations including the:

  • International Bar Association (Technology and Litigation Sections);
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers (Regional Governor, New York Region);
  • New York State Bar Association, ADR Section;
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (Co-chair, Internet and IP Committee, 2009-present);
  • Connecticut Bar Association;
  • Fairfield County (CT) Bar Association;
  • New Haven County (CT) Bar Association;
  • New York City Bar Association (Co-Chair, Information Technology Law Committee; Past
  • Member, Copyright Committee); and
  • The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Mr. DeMarco is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated lawyer for Computers and Software, Litigation and Internet Law, and is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide as a leading lawyer nationwide in Privacy and Data Security. He has also been named as a “SuperLawyer” for his expertise and work in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation. He has published numerous articles and appeared on major news programs in his practice areas; is a member of the Professional Editorial Board of the prestigious Computer Law and Security Review (Elsevier); and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law.

Mr. DeMarco has received numerous professional awards, including the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance, as well as the Lawyer of Integrity Award from the Institute for Jewish Humanities. In his spare time he enjoys parenting, golf, and listening to classical piano.


Lee Tien is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit public-interest group based in San Francisco, California.  Founded in 1990, EFF has more than 21,000 contributing members. Tien specializes in free speech, privacy and security issues. He has litigated cases involving the Freedom of Information Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the telecommunications national security letter statute (18 U.S.C. ยง 2709). His major current policy issue areas include: telecommunications surveillance and privacy; computer and network security; identity management; electronic health records privacy; location privacy; smart grid privacy; and online tracking.  He did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.


Marc Roth advises clients on all things advertising, marketing, promotions and privacy, having practiced in these areas for decades, in various capacities. A former Federal Trade Commission attorney, he understands regulatory priorities and concerns, which enables him to provide informed and practical advice to clients and prepare for the possibility of challenge. Having served as Chief Marketing Counsel for a Time Warner subsidiary, he knows the type of advice his clients need to do their job – prompt and practical answers, not lengthy and indecisive memos. He knows that “no” is not an option for in-house lawyers serving their business teams and works tirelessly with clients to develop viable and effective solutions acceptable to all stakeholders.


Peter Brown has focused on technology law matters in national law firms and boutiques for over 25 years. He is currently the principal of Peter Brown & Associates PLLC, a New York boutique law firm concentrating in information technology, intellectual property and arbitration.

“The Best Lawyers in America” ® publication honored him as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Information Technology Law 2018 for New York City.

Mr. Brown has experience in a wide variety of litigations and arbitrations relating to the Internet, information technology and intellectual property. He regularly appears in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Brown has acted as an arbitrator or mediator in over 70 matters involving IT and IP disputes.

Throughout his career he has drafted and negotiated a broad array of agreements relating to the Internet, outsourcing, cloud computing services, application software, Internet apps and e-commerce.  He has prepared these agreements for domestic businesses and international companies.

Mr. Brown co-authored the leading treatises Emerging Technologies and the Law and Computer Law. He also co-authors a monthly column on Information Technology Law for the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Brown is regularly featured as a speaker at the International Technology Law Association, local bar associations and other professional organizations in the US and abroad. He frequently speaks on the topic of artificial intelligence, IT and IP.

The Best Lawyers in America 2019 edition (affiliated with U.S. News & World Report), rated Peter Brown & Associates PLLC a First Tier National Technology Law firm. Chambers USA, New York Metro Superlawyers and other ratings organization have all given Mr. Brown high ratings in the fields of IT and IP. For further information see www.browntechlegal.com


Dan Offner has 25 years of experience as a lawyer and entrepreneur.  He has been an outside general counsel and deal lawyer for small, medium, and large companies in the technology and interactive entertainment industries.  He has done hundreds of M&A deals, incorporations, financings, technology, and content deals, and has and has built and led numerous legal departments and deal teams for domestic and international clients.  He is also an active angel investor and board member who appreciates the challenges of being an entrepreneur and a businessman.

Dan began his legal career working as a lawyer for his father, Elliot Offner, an artist, sculptor, printmaker and typographer (www.elliotoffner.com). 

He then worked for the outside general counsel’s office for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Eric Carle (the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar) before starting Offner & Anderson, P.C. in 1995, which he built into the largest interactive entertainment law firm in the industry before its acquisition by Nixon Peabody in 2006.

In the interactive entertainment industry, Dan represented THQ, Ubisoft, Konami, sciEidos, Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Music, Gameloft, Emergent Game Technologies and Trion as well as private equity firms and other investors active in the videogame space.  From 1995 to 2012, Dan did some of the major transactions for his clients, such as Ubisoft’s acquisition of Redstorm (the Tom Clancy games) and The Learning Company Entertainment Assets, which included Myst and Prince of Persia, Trion’s deal with the SciFi Channel for a game that was both a tv show and a massively multiplayer online game, and the purchase of Harmonix by the private equity group Columbus Nova.

Following the merger of Offner & Anderson with Nixon Peabody, Dan took up the position of capital partner and Deputy Practice Group Leader of Nixon Peabody’s Venture Practice Group, and then Practice Group Leader of its IP Transactions Group.  In 2010, he was recruited by Loeb & Loeb LLP to head Loeb’s interactive entertainment practice.

Dan left the partnership at Loeb in 2012 to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams and goals.

Shortly after leaving Loeb at the end of 2012, Dan began working with Oculus VR, Inc. in 2013, and quickly became Oculus’ sole outside general counsel through the closing of the Facebook Oculus transaction at the end of July in 2014.   He has founded his law firm O&A, P.C.  (www.oandapc.com) and an angel investment firm  (www.blue-heron-ventures.com) to provide to other startups the services and help that he provided to Oculus as its outside general counsel and angel investor.


Deirdre Merrill is the Director of Contracts at Chronicle Books LLC in San Francisco, California.  One of the most admired and respected independent publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books.  The company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. 

In her work at Chronicle Books over the last 20 years, Ms. Merrill’s primary focus has been drafting, negotiating, and maintaining copyright license agreements between the publishing house and authors, photographers, illustrators, and licensors, along with their respective agents and attorneys.  Her role includes negotiating and securing of digital rights for both backlist and front list titles published by Chronicle Books.  In addition she supervises the contracts and permissions department, helps to maintain the company’s trademark portfolio, advises the subsidiary rights licensing division and custom publishing departments, and supervises copyright registration for all titles published by Chronicle Books. 

Education:

  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1999
  • B.A, Santa Clara University, 1995

Affiliations:

  • Member, California State Bar Association, 2000-present
  • Member, The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California


The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff is Senior Counsel to Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier and Neustadt, a leading intellectual property law firm in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks and a former President of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He is a Cifelli Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School, where he currently teaches Patent Law.  Mr. Mossinghoff has served as United States Ambassador to the Diplomatic Conference on the Revision of the Paris Convention and as Chairman of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization. He is a former Deputy General Counsel of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

As one of the world's premier intellectual property specialists, he advised President Reagan concerning the establishment of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has strengthened and brought certainty to patent law in the United States. He also initiated a far-reaching automation program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to computerize that office's enormous data bases. He advises the firm and its clients on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including international, legislative and policy issues, and has served as a Patent Law Expert in more than three hundred cases, having been retained by the nation's leading law firms on behalf of many of the nation's leading high-technology companies. 

Mr. Mossinghoff received an Electrical Engineering degree from St. Louis University and a Juris Doctor degree with Honors from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. He is the recipient of many honors, including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Commerce Award for Distinguished Public Service and the Jefferson Medal.  In 2007 he was inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Missouri, District of Columbia and Virginia bars. 


Trial lawyer Steven Hunter represents financial institutions, manufacturers and private-equity clients in commercial and product-liability disputes. He is co-chair of Quarles & Brady’s national diversity committee. Hunter, who leads a team that manages a portfolio of 1,600 asbestos cases, recently resolved a claim worth several million dollars on behalf of an entertainment conglomerate, represented an auto manufacturer in an arbitration dispute and resolved a $30 million shareholder dispute for a German auto parts manufacturer. Hunter joined Quarles & Brady in 2008 and was named a partner in 2010. Earlier, he was a senior associate at DLA Piper. He is a member of the president’s council at the Museum of Science & Industry and is general counsel for the Boy Scouts of America’s Northeast Illinois Council.

Mr. Hunter is a graduate of Brown University (Economics) and the Georgetown University Law Center.  He is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York. 

Mr. Hunter is a Chicago Business Leader of Color (2017), Illinois SuperLawyer (Business Litigation) (2014-present), Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year (2012) and Chicago Bar Association's "Exceptional Young Lawyer" (2006).


Suzanne Bell has more than 20 years of experience representing some of the world’s most prominent technology companies in their most significant technology and intellectual property transactions. Recognized as a leading practitioner in Chambers USA for her "wealth of experience," clients describe her as "service-oriented, delivering high-quality work product in a practical and friendly manner."

Ms. Bell focuses on technology and IP transactions—with an emphasis on complex strategic alliances—for a wide range of software, electronics, AI, IoT, autonomous vehicle, telecommunications, cloud computing, digital media, Internet, fintech, digital health, and clean technology companies. Her practice also includes strategic intellectual property asset purchases and sales; technology mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; and intellectual property litigation settlement agreements. In addition to her transactional work, she provides product counseling and advice on structuring business models for emerging technology companies and traditional companies that are embracing technology. Ms. Bell works with both growth and mature companies, and she has advised many of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies from start-up to maturity.