Catherine Simmons-Gill previous positions include General Counsel of two public companies, Chief Trademark Counsel of a pharmaceutical company, partner in a Chicago law firm and Senior Counsel-Corporate Identity Counsel of Sears, Roebuck and Co. As an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, she teaches International Trademark Law and has taught International Antitrust and Intellectual Property, Trademark and Copyright Planning and Practice, Intellectual Property Licensing at the LL.M level, as well as Trademark/Copyright Law at the J.D. level. She is also a certified mediator.
           She has published and spoken frequently in the area of intellectual property. Recent presentations include Trademark Licensing Basics(April 2003). Litigation in the Patent and Trademark Office: A Separate Venue for Involved Contests to Determine Valuable Rights(Jan 2003),Paralegal Ethics(October 2002), Trademark Lawyers are from Venus... Tax Lawyers are from Mars(June 2002), Litigations in Cyberspace, and Trademarks and Taxation. Among her publications are Invasion of Privacy vs. Newsworthiness, Multimedia Law Report, Vol. 1, No. 12, October 1995; The Trademark Revision Act of 1989, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1989; and Trademark Lawyers are from Venus...Tax Lawyers are from Mars, PLI Advanced Seminar on Trademark Law 2002,June 2002. She was an expert witness in the recent case of Russell Specialties Corporation v. Media Image, Inc. et al. Case No. C00-1961p (W.D. Wash. 2001).
           She has been actively involved in the International Trademark Association for 20 years, in 1995-6 serving as its president. She pioneered a unique law school course in International Trademark Law through the cooperation of INTA and The John Marshall Law School. The course is now given annually and features distinguished professors of trademark law around the world.
           She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in June 1975 and received a A.B. degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1971. She is a member of the Illinois State, Federal, U.S.D.C. N.D. IL., Seventh Circuit and Court of International Trade Bars.


Practice Areas:
Intellectual Property; Trademarks; Copyrights; Internet Law; Employment; Commercial Litigation.
Admitted:
1975, Illinois, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of International Trade
Law School:
Northwestern University, J.D., 1975.
College:
Carleton College; University of Illinois, A.B., cum laude, 1971.
Member:
Chicago Bar Association; Intellectual Property Association of Chicago; Illinois State Bar Association; International Trademark Association (President, 1995-1996).