Adam Reis

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law,
J.D., 2015

  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
  • Dean’s Honor List, Fall 2013 – Spring 2015
  • CALI Award, Comparative IP, 2014
  • Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award (250+ Hours)

Miami University,
B.A. Chemistry, 2010

Licenses

Illinois

Adam Reis provides his clients with prompt, attentive legal services while maintaining transparency and focusing on innovative solutions to his clients’ needs. Adam primarily focuses on intellectual property litigation and arts and entertainment representation. He has represented clients in transactional matters on numerous occasions, including drafting a multi-million dollar IP asset purchase agreement and invalidity and non-infringement opinions for his clients. Adam has litigated in several U.S. District Courts, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Trade Commission. His work has involved various technologies, such as dental appliances, video slot machines, winches, self-balancing smartboards, and automotive mirrors. Adam is also the primary associate for a large portion of Irwin IP’s copyright litigation practice, and he has successfully litigated several cases to favorable pre-trial resolution. Adam has or is:

  • Helped secure a major victory for one of Irwin IP’s clients on summary judgment.  At issue was whether an agreement adequately transferred ownership of intellectual property to Irwin IP’s client. In granting Irwin IP’s motion, Judge Gettleman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the agreement was unambiguous and that the plain language of the agreement clearly supported Irwin IP’s position. Adam’s role was crucial in drafting the summary judgment briefs;
  • Taken part in defeating a Fortune 50 company’s expedited attempt to enjoin Irwin IP’s client’s product for allegedly infringing patents touted as being the foundation of a billion-dollar-per-year business, and which had survived invalidity challenges in two prior litigations (where injunctions had been entered by the same judge handling the matter);
  • Assisted as part of a team for Fortune 500 supplier of aftermarket automotive parts in a trademark infringement, breach of contract, RICO, and antitrust matter against Fortune 50 company. Successfully defended a motion to dismiss LKQ’s declaratory judgment trademark claims and LKQ’s offensive claims relating to antitrust and RICO counts, resulting in a report and recommendation by the Delaware Magistrate Judge assigned to the case that recommended denying FCA’s motion to dismiss in its entirety;
  • Been one of the lead associates for Ranir in hotly contested litigation, defending assertions of patent infringement matter relating to thermoplastic nightguard design, and asserting offensive claims of unfair competition and tortious interference, culminating in a settlement on confidential terms;
  • Had a major role as part of a team for photographer Michael Novoseletsky in an offensive copyright infringement matter against a media company that used his copyrighted photograph without permission, culminating in a favorable judgment and an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees;
  • Taken the primary role in assisting translator asserting claims against a major book publisher based on misattribution, resulting in: 1) a discontinuation of further distribution of the misattributed book, 2) near total recovery of all previously distributed copies, and 3) a favorable monetary settlement;
  • Represented Patrick Mata of Kommunity FK in offensive copyright infringement suit against record label and music distributor for copyright infringement based on unauthorized reproduction and distribution of several compositions and sound recordings from Kommunity FK’s album “The Vision and The Voice,” which suit was amicably resolved;
  • Served as primary attorney for auction purchasers of a fine art painting in connection with replevin, detinue, and other claims based upon the assertion that the painting was stolen, resulting in favorable settlement;
  • Serving as primary support for leading provider of concrete statuary against entity accused of infringing the copyrights of multiple works. Successfully obtained favorable settlement with sculptor and major distributor accused of distributing infringing works.

COURT ADMISSIONS
N.D. Illinois
W.D. Michigan
Federal Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS 
Chair, Intellectual Property Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Lawyers for the Creative Arts Associates Board

PRESENTATIONS
LCA, Presentation, Law Smarts (December 3, 2019)
Presentation, Copyright Law for Photographers (November 2019 and prior)
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Speaker, IP Law Boot Camp for Non-IP Attorneys (April 2019)
Columbia College, Speaker, Entrepreneurship, addressing Legal Challenges for the Entrepreneur (2018)
LCA & The John Marshall Law School, Speaker, Registration Issues Critical to Copyright Litigation (2018)
LCA, Presentation, Band Law for Bands (2017)

PUBLICATIONS
Adam J. Reis and Manon L. Burns. “Who Owns That Tune? Issues Faced by Music Creators in Today’s Content-Based Industry” ABA Landslide, Jan/Feb 2020, 13-16.
Band Law for Bands, Second Edition

PRIOR EXPERIENCE
During law school, Adam served as a board member for the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society; helped establish an alumni-student mentor program; represented clients through the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Clinic; served as a shift supervisor helping pro se litigants at the Chicago-Kent Self Help Web Center in the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago; and competed in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.

Before starting law school, Adam worked as an Associate Chemist in Chromatography for Patheon Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an undergraduate, Adam focused his research on membrane protein structure.