David M. Adler

Top rated Entertainment & Sports attorney in Riverwoods, Illinois

Adler Law Group
David M. Adler
Adler Law Group

Practice Areas: Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property, Business & Corporate view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1997

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012
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Adler Law Group

300 Saunders Road
Suite 100
Riverwoods, IL 60015 Phone: 866-734-2568 Email: David M. Adler Visit website


David M. Adler, Esq. is an attorney, author, educator, entrepreneur, and founder of Adler Law Group, a boutique intellectual property and entertainment law firm in Chicago. Adler Law Group blends a deep understanding of intellectual property rights, remedies and modes of commercial exploitation with sophisticated corporate transactional practice involving structure, governance, finance and transactions. David is admitted to the State Bar of the States of Illinois and New York.

The core of the practice is organized around five major substantive practice areas: Intellectual Property Law (Copyright & Trademark), Arts, Entertainment & Media, IT/Ecommerce & Software, Privacy & Security, Contracts & Commercial Transactions. We provide counsel to executive staff often acting as a General Counsel, and advice to business units and executives on IP rights creation and enforcement, issues related to commercializing innovations and inventions, contracts and licenses, securities laws, corporate governance and managing outside counsel. Clients rely on us to draft and negotiate complex commercial transactions, supply/distribution agreements, development agreements and document mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and provide guidance on a range of regulatory matters.

Our goal is to provide a cohesive law practice counseling businesses across these interrelated matters. Businesses often experience a lack of continuity and consequently a lack of strategic vision in their legal representation. While executives may turn to one lawyer for the general business and contract needs, they must often turn to a second and even a third for intellectual property and technology-related matters.

David 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.

Practice areas

Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property, Business/Corporate, Media and Advertising, Mergers & Acquisitions

First Admitted: 1997, Illinois

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

  • 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:, Arts, Entertainments & Media, Software & Technology, Startups Healthcare, InfoSec,
Educational Background:
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, 1994
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ongoing volunteer/pro bono legal services to Lawyers for the Creative Arts, based in Chicago, Illinois. Representative clients include singers, songwriters, musicians, record labels, music publishers, authors, writers, filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, choreographers, and other individuals and organizations in the arts, entertainment, and media industries., 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. , Software, Internet And Electronics, Media And Entertainment, Financial And Business Services, Manufacturing And Retail, Healthcare, Education, Government, 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
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • CIPP/US, 2018
Representative Clients:
  • www.clevergiver.com, 2019
  • 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
  • As counsel for defendant, successfully defended classified ads website operator against copyright infringement claims brought by amateur photographer in California., 2023
  • 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
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chairperson for the Illinois State Bar Association Privacy and Information Security Section Council., 2021
  • Admitted practice in the State of New York., 2020
  • 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
  • Managed sale of Illinois Beauty Salon and Spa Business., 2023
  • As trademark counsel, advised client in connection with purchase of international trademark portfolio from global hair are products retailer., 2023
Industry Groups:
  • Education
  • Financial And Business Services
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Internet And Electronics
  • Manufacturing And Retail
  • Media And Entertainment
  • Software

Office location for David M. Adler

300 Saunders Road
Suite 100
Riverwoods, IL 60015


12 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012

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