David M. Adler

David M. Adler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Riverwoods, IL

Adler Law Group
 | 300 Saunders Road, Suite 100
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Phone: 866-734-2568
Fax: 312-275-7534
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (40%),
  • Intellectual Property (50%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

David M. Adler, Esq. is an attorney, author, educator, entrepreneur and founder of a boutique law firm in Chicago, Illinois created to provide businesses with a competitive advantage by enabling them to leverage their intangible assets and creative content in order to drive innovation and increase overall business value. The core of the practice is organized around three major substantive areas of law: Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment & Media Law, and Business & Contract Law. He received his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law in 1997 where he wrote for the DePaul Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. He received a Bachelor of the Arts in English and a Bachelor of the Arts in History from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He lectures to industry trade groups on Entertainment, Media and Information Technology legal issues.

About David Adler

Admitted: 1997, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.adler-law.com/about.html

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • CIPP/US, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chairman, Media & Entertainment Law, Chicago Bar Assocaiotn, 2011
  • Newsletter Editor, Founding member of ISBA Privacy and Information Security Section Counsel., 2019
  • Illinois State Bar Association Intellectual Property Society Board Member, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 1998
  • Assited Author with copyright regsitration, book-to-television option and license agreement to produce episodic television series based on Author's childrens books., 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The latest issues in location and privacy laws and regulations, with an eye toward developers and IT managers including gathering location information gathered, data flow across devices, apps and third parties, sharing and using location data in mobile advertising, consent requirements, mobile platform level controls sufficient and self-regulation., Speaker, Privacy Implications of Mobile Advertising Location Data, 2015
  • It is no longer surprising to see high-profile data breaches on the 5pm news broadcast. Privacy is now in the spotlight. Staying safe from making headline news requires an in-depth knowledge of information and privacy laws, best practices, frameworks, and self-regulatory models in both the U.S. and abroad. This includes information on consumer disclosures, data collection, use, and sharing, data protection, data retention, data security, and data breach rules, among others., Author, Enfuse Conference 2018 – Data at Risk: Regulatory and Privacy Concerns in a Data Breach. , Education, Financial And Business Services, Government, Healthcare, Internet And Electronics, Manufacturing And Retail, Media And Entertainment, Software, 2018
  • Article featured in Landslide, the Magazine of the Intellectual Property Section of The American Bar Assoc. Vol. 5, No. 3 Jan/Feb 2013, Author, Fashion Law: Protecting Brands and Designs, 2013


  • Trademark. As counsel for Plaintiff, law firm represented a Texas corporation operating a nationwide chain of stand-alone and retail shopping center-based arcade businesses in multistate trademark litigation.  Plaintiff claimed trademark infringement under state and federal law, unfair competition under state and federal law, and dilution. Defendant counterclaimed. Shortly thereafter, the parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement., 2019
  • Trademark. As counsel for Plaintiff, law firm represented an Illinois corporation operating a retail food business in multistate trademark litigation.  Plaintiff claimed trademark infringement under state and federal law, unfair competition under state and federal law, cybersquatting and dilution. Defendant attempted to counterclaim by misapplying the affirmative defense available under the Tea Rose – Rectanus Doctrine for non-infringement due to innocent remote geographical use and priority based on remote geographical use. After oral argument, the Court adopted Plaintiff’s statement of facts and legal precedents, and issued an Order granting Plaintiff’s Motion to Dismiss Defendant’s Counterclaim (affirmative defense). Although the Court granted Defendant leave to refile a Counterclaim, Defendant never refiled. Shortly thereafter, the parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement., 2019


  • Ping® is a newsletter devoted to helping entrepreneurs and creative professionals identify, protect and monetize their creative content and ideas and take advantage of the opportunities presented by today’s digital business platforms.  Most of my posts focus on issues related to safeguarding ideas, relationships and talent: the content is directly relevant to entrepreneurs and businesses in the creative arts and information technology industries, but any business that generates creative content (software developers, mobile application developers, start-ups, and even physicians) will find useful information., Ping® Newsletter:, Tech/Startups/Trademark/Copyright/Privacy/Media/InfoSec/Software

Industry Groups

  • Education
  • Financial And Business Services
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Internet And Electronics
  • Manufacturing And Retail
  • Media And Entertainment
  • Software
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Office Location for David M. Adler

300 Saunders Road
Suite 100
Riverwoods, IL 60015

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Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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