Irwin IP’s pro bono representations have been an integral part of the Firm’s mission since our inception. In September of 2021, as part of the Firm’s commitment to ensure all our attorneys are actively involved in giving back to our Chicago community, we hired a dedicated Special Counsel for Entertainment Law and Pro Bono Services. In response, Irwin IP attorneys rose to the challenge by collectively providing 1,000 hours to pro bono representation in 2022. This was a 74% increase from the previous year and resulted in a positive impact on our attorneys and our community.
Although all attorneys’ volunteer efforts are valued, meaningful, and necessary, Irwin IP’s Pro Bono Committee chose Victoria Hanson as the Irwin IP 2022 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Please join us in sharing and celebrating the work of Victoria Hanson who donated her time to provide 277 hours of free legal services volunteering for Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
Irwin IP remains motivated to fill the gap in legal services and provide equal access to justice and we are all proud of Victoria’s commitment to our Firm’s mission. Here is a spotlight of the clients that benefitted from Victoria Hanson’s pro bono service:
S. Sims: Assisted a musician and rapper with a breach of contract dispute against a former consulting firm through pre-litigation demand letters and filing a lawsuit for damages and lost profits.
K. Alaimo: Assisted an anti-human trafficking activist with trademark services including clearance searches and opinions, trademark applications, and use counseling.
D. Roberts: Assisted a gothic rock musician with a royalty dispute with his prior recording company, helping him accessing and obtaining royalties.
P. Mata: Assisted a gothic rock musician enforcing his trademark against infringers on YouTube and eBay and in accessing royalties.
E. Alamo: Assisted a harness designer and manufacturer with trademark services including counseling regarding infringers, prosecuting trademark applications, and compiling survey evidence.