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, and NPR. She has received the honor of being named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine ten years in a row, is recognized as a leading Media and Entertainment lawyer by Chambers and Partners, was featured on the cover of TheXemplar magazine, was profiled by the Chicago Law Bulletin and recognized as one of that publication’s “Emerging Lawyers of 2017,” and has been nominated for the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.
Most significantly, Daliah was named to Crain’s Chicago‘s 2017 list “60 Most Influential Women Lawyers,” which highlighted her “cutting-edge” internet and social media practice, and Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 2012 list “40 Attorneys Under 40,” an incredibly competitive roster of accomplished attorneys compiled from thousands of highly qualified nominations.
Daliah is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching a Sports and Entertainment Law course. She has also served 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).
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 on the board of the Chicago Fashion Foundation, Social Media Club Chicago, and Lawyers for the Creative Arts (Auxiliary Board). Through her firm, she supports and sponsors many technology and arts related organizations such as Tech Cocktail, the Midwest Independent Film Festival, and the Executives Club of Chicago. 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.
MATTHEW GROTHOUSE is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He has argued before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. At Saper Law, he focuses on Trademarks, Copyrights, Right of Publicity issues, Trade Secrets, Advertising, Business Entity Organization, Licensing Agreements, and Federal Litigation.
Matt received a J.D. with a certificate in intellectual property from DePaul University College of Law, where he served as Chief Articles Editor for the DePaul Journal of Sports and Contemporary Problems and Research Assistant to Continental Distinguished Professor of Law Susan Bandes. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2009 where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy and minored in History and World Literature.
Prior to joining Saper Law Offices, Matt served as a judicial intern for Presiding Judge Paul P. Biebel, law clerk for Hamilton Law Office, and student-attorney for DePaul’s Criminal Appeals Clinic and Technology Intellectual Property Clinic.
Matt’s publications include Implicit in the Concept of Ordered Liberty: How Obergefell v. Hodges Illuminates the Modern Substantive Due Process Debate, 48 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1021 (2016); Galvin v. Illinois Republican Party Highlights the Seventh Circuit’s Mistreatment of Satire in Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Section Newsletter, Illinois State Bar Association (July 2016); and Collateral Damage: How the Transformative Use Test Confounds Publicity Rights Law, 18 Va. J.L. & Tech. 275 (2014). His has commented on high-profile ongoing trademark cases for The Chicago Tribune.
Matt’s speaking engagements have included “Intellectual Property Basics for Freelancers” (Spark Chicago: Protect Your IP Event, Freelancers Union, Chicago, Illinois, September 7, 2016), “Protecting Your Art” (CAVA Symposium, Illinois, June 23rd, 2016), “Intellectual Property Basic for Small Businesses” (YWCA Metroplitan Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, October 20, 2015), and “The Legal Issues Surrounding Social Media Law” (LakeFX Sumit + Expo, Chicago, Illinois, April 18, 2015).
Matt is involved with Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the Chicago startup community, and Chicago Sports Social Club. He also volunteers for organizations dedicated to serving children, the poor, and the elderly.
Dominique de Vastey is an experienced litigator representing clients in a wide range of commercial and tort litigation cases, including breach of contract, trademark, franchise, and defamation matters. She also reviews and negotiates a wide range of contracts where she advises clients on how to best protect their interests. She is licensed to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and several federal district courts: Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, and Eastern District of Missouri.
Prior to Saper Law, Dominique worked at large defense-orientated law firms where she managed the entire spectrum of litigation, including fact and expert discovery, motion drafting and arguments, settlement negotiations, trials, and appeals. She also has worked for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice where she investigated Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies for claims of immigration-related employment discrimination. At the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, she represented the Second Injury Fund and the state in civil litigation and advised the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and defended the state in civil litigation.
She has been successful in negotiating outright dismissals for her manufacturer/distributor clients in product liability cases where the plaintiffs had enough evidence to take her clients to trial. She has also successfully represented employers at trial where the arbitrator awarded no money to employees requesting workers’ compensation. She achieved favorable results for clients, whether plaintiffs or defendants, in personal injury, trade secret litigation, employment, and breach of contract matters.
Dominique earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the MWBLSA Law Journal, Editor of the ILSA Quarterly Journal, and team leader of NBLSA’s international service trip to study micro-financing in Haiti. She was a finalist in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition and a Niagara International Moot Court participant. She also has CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Mediation Theory and Practice and French in Law and Business.
She has a Master of Arts in Anglo-Germanic Studies from the University of Burgundy where she graduated summa cum laude. She graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in French and Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought. After college, Dominique taught English in France for three years.
Dominique is involved with the DRI, American Bar Association, and Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago. Fluent in French and active in the local L’Alliance Française, she takes every opportunity she can to use her language skills and travel abroad.
CHRIS MONACO graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, finishing in the top ten percent of his class. In addition to handling trademark, copyright, and corporate matters, Chris is a patent lawyer and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2018, Chris was awarded the prestigious Barich Excellence in Patent Law Award in recognition of his growing expertise in patent law.
Prior to joining Saper law, Chris gained valuable experience protecting and commercializing cutting-edge inventions derived from research performed at a world-renowned level one university through his work with the University of Illinois Office of Technology Management (OTM). At OTM Chris reviewed intellectual property licensing agreements, prosecuted patent applications, and performed patentability and freedom to operate evaluations. While at the University of Illinois, Chris also participated in the College of Law’s Intellectual Property Law Clinic.
Chris earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Lewis University. In his free time, he enjoys salmon fishing in Lake Michigan and attending Chicago Cubs and Bears games.
CHRIS MCELWAIN, of-counsel, is knowledgeable about a range of legal issues impacting small businesses and creative professionals. An experienced litigator, he is admitted to the State Bars of Illinois and California, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of California, the Central District of California, and the Eastern District of Texas.
Chris received his J.D. from the University of Southern California and his undergraduate degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. He was an associate attorney at Saper Law from 2012-2014 before moving to California. In 2016, he was awarded the Ladas Memorial Award by the International Trademark Association, and, in 2018, he was selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star. His articles on intellectual property have been published in various national magazines, including Cannabis Now and IDEA Fitness Journal.