As a copyright a trademark attorney in Chicago, Michael's areas of practice include advertising and marketing, privacy and internet privacy laws, right of publicity law, business and product development, communications and media, computers and software, Internet domain name and cyberlaw, licensing, trademarks, copyright, entertainment law, design patents, employment and non-disclosure agreements, and other intellectual property law. He has aided clients in selecting, clearing, and registering hundreds of trademarks and copyrighted works worldwide; in protecting and enforcing trademark and copyright rights in Federal court; in representing clients in trademark oppositions and cancellations; in advising on domain name and Internet website issues; in conducting IP due diligence and audits to identify and prioritize IP assets; in evaluating and counseling on advertising claims and compliance in the food, website, children's product, and nutraceutical fields according to FDA, FTC and consumer protection laws; and in drafting, negotiating and enforcing contracts. more...
Michael is known and recognized above all for his expertise in the areas of computer software, Internet domain names, website compliance, arts and entertainment law and online presence law. He has served on the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He has been a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), and is active on ICANN's Consumer Trust Metrics and Policy And Implementation Working Groups. He has counseled clients on ICANN's new generic Top Level Domain names and assisted them to navigate the Uniform Dispute Resolution (UDRP) and Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) programs.
Awards for Outstanding Work in Copyright and Trademark Law
Michael has received the AV Preeminent rating, the highest rating awarded by the acknowledged leader in legal service references, Martindale - Hubbell. He has also been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in by peers in the areas of Advertising & Media Law, Computer & Technology Law, and Intellectual Property Law, and was named as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property in 2008 and 2013. He was singled out as a Recommended Attorney from 2010 to 2013 by the World Trademark Review 1000 as a leader in IP law:
"Mr Graham has helped clients to perfect and protect their trademark and copyright rights, and guides them through domain name disputes under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). He is one of the leading innovators in this area and remains so through his involvement in the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN and the International Trademark Association's Internet Committee."
Speaking and Authorship
Michael is a frequent speaker and sought-after author on trademark, copyright, social media and Internet IP issues, and is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law where he supervises the Technology & Intellectual Property Clinic. He was co-editor of the Forms volumes of Jerome Gilson's Trademark Protection and Practice. He has also been a consultant for Corsearch for its early common law Internet search program, and for Darts IP for its U.S. Trademark case search software.
History as a Chicago-area Trademark Attorney
Michael was previously a partner with the Chicago IP firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, which he joined in 1992, and a senior associate with Willian Brinks Olds Hofer Gilson & Lione (now Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione). He graduated from Fordham School of Law, New York in 1986, which he attended after working in trade publishing and arts administration. He received a Masters Degree in creative writing from Ohio University, and a B.S. in Education from Miami University.
Michael is a published poet, essayist and commentator. He has published a literary magazine, managed and has played in several professional and vocational music groups, and is a Patroler with the National Ski Patrol. He is currently a member of Crow Island, a country and string band. While in law school, Michael worked as a Student Legal Specialist with the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of New York and New York City Hospitals Corporation, won first prize in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and was awarded the American Jurisprudence award in Labor Law. He was also a member of Fordham's national moot court Board, editing the ATLA National Trial Advocacy Team and serving on the Craven National Moot Court team, and was a member of the Fordham International Law Journal.