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Daliah Saper Principal
DALIAH SAPER is a member of the Illinois Bar and both the General Bar and Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She has handled many high profile cases (including one she argued before the Illinois Supreme Court) and is regularly interviewed on national tv, radio, and in several publications including: Fox News, CNBC, ABC News, The Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, NPR, and a slew of smaller websites. She has repeatedly received the honor of being named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine (2009,2010,2011,2012,2013), is recognized as a leading Media and Entertainment lawyer by Chambers and Partners, featured on the cover of TheXemplar magazine, profiled by the Chicago Law Bulletin, and has been nominated for the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. This year, Law Bulletin Publishing Company selected Daliah Saper as a “40 under 40,” an incredibly competitive list of accomplished attorneys compiled from over 1250 qualified nominations. (Read the detailed profile here.)
Daliah is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching a Sports and Entertainment Law course. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, teaching an Internet Law course. She is on the faculty of PLI, Practicing Law Institute, and has been selected by Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society to be a member of Harvard’s new Online Media Legal Network (OMLN). In addition Daliah conducts Seminars at Saper Law on a monthly basis, and is a frequent lecturer, panelist, and instructor for organizations around the city and the country. (For Daliah’s latest speaking engagements, please click on News.) Daliah received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a staff member on the Journal of Law Technology and Policy and served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. Her work experience includes positions at Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione, a large intellectual property law firm; Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a non-profit organization assisting artists; and the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization. She has also worked at Playboy Enterprises, Inc., assisting with the maintenance and enforcement of Playboy’s global trademark portfolio. Prior to starting her own firm, Daliah gained experience as a commercial litigator and negotiated settlement agreements on behalf of individuals sued by the Recording Industry Association of America. She also served as Vice President and in-house counsel of diLuce Productions, Inc., a Chicago based public relations and marketing consulting firm specializing in event production. Daliah is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Fashion Foundation, the Technology Executives Club, the Decalogue Society, the Standard Club, and IFP (Independent Feature Project). Through her firm, she supports and sponsors many technology and arts related organizations such as Tech Cocktail and the Midwest Independent Film Festival. She also volunteers for Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Kartemquin Films, Chicago Filmmakers, Women in Film, and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Finally, Daliah has extensive overseas experience, having studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and the City University School of Business in London. She speaks Hebrew and Farsi.
Chris Mcelwain Associate
CHRIS MCELWAIN graduated from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where he served on the Southern California Law Review. He spent a semester during his third year of law school at Hong Kong University studying international intellectual property law. His article on fair use in copyright law, “Fact in the World,” won second place nationally in an ASCAP-sponsored legal writing competition, was published in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and was reprinted in the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook as one of the best entertainment law articles of 2011.
Prior to beginning his legal career, Chris taught English for two years at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China. He has also performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival and California Shakespeare Company in Southern California. His parody of Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven has sold thousands of copies and continues to top the parody and satire charts on Amazon.com. Chris is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and volunteers with Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind).
Aaron Midler Associate
AARON MIDLER received a J.D. magna cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he served as a member for both the Chicago-Kent Law Review and the Journal of Environmental and Energy Law. Mr. Midler earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 2006 where he majored in Psychology. Prior to joining Saper Law Offices, Mr. Midler served as a clerk for various non-profit organizations, including the City of Chicago and the Institute for Science, Law and Technology. He also served as a judicial extern for the late Honorable Martin C. Ashman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Aaron is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association. His publications include: “The Spirit of NAGPRA: The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the Regulation of Culturally Unidentifiable Remains,” 86 CHI.-KENT L. REV. 1331 and “Evolving Technology and Privacy law: Can the Fourth Amendment Catch Up?” (coauthor), The SciTech Lawyer, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Spring 2012).
Shyla Jones Associate
SHYLA JONES is a member of the Illinois Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She received her J.D. with an Honors High Tech Law Certificate from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as Director of the Honors Moot Court External Program and an associate for the Computer and High Tech Law Journal. She spent a summer in Japan after her first year of law school studying Japanese business and intellectual property law. Shyla earned her B.S. in Business Administration for Secondary Education with Minors in Chemistry and Biology from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Prior to joining Saper Law Offices, Shyla served as a clerk at Intellectual Property Law Group LLP in San Jose, CA and worked as a contract intellectual property attorney for OneIMS in Skokie, IL. Shyla is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the Illinois State Bar Association
Jeff Duncan Associate
JEFF DUNCAN graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in the Fall of 2012, where he concentrated in Intellectual Property and Criminal Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of Illinois and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. As a law student, Jeff interned for the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office and the Humane Society of the United States, and authored a scholarly note regarding music performance rights in terrestrial broadcasts. Jeff grew up in Northern Virginia and received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.