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William McGrath

William  McGrath

Acting Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 489
Email: 7mcgrath@jmls.edu

William T. McGrath is a member in the Chicago law firm of Davis McGrath LLC. He has practiced in the fields of intellectual property and business litigation since 1976. His primary areas of concentration are copyright, trademark, and computer law, as well as publishing law, entertainment law, trade secret law, software licensing, and other matters relating to the high-tech and information industry. His practice involves issues relating to the ownership, licensing, protection, and infringement of intellectual property rights. He has experience not only in counseling and litigation in these areas, but also in arbitration and mediation.

McGrath serves as the associate director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at The John Marshall Law School, where he is also an adjunct professor. He teaches courses in Copyright Law and Copyright Litigation in the graduate program. He is a past president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and a past chair of the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He has also served on the board of trustees of the Copyright Society of the USA and the board of the Lawyers for the Creative Arts. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer and an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the field of intellectual property law.

He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from Washington University. He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court as well as the Seventh Circuit and the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the Trial Bar in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

McGrath is the author of numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on copyright and computer law issues. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA.


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