I have been a litigation attorney since the beginning of my legal career. Back then I was able to gain valuable experience and mentoring from several lawyers who were not only superb lawyers but also terrific human beings. When I started my firm in 2007, it was mainly for a corporate client that was involved in “server farms,” which are basically large scale computer systems, and software programming. While growing the firm, I have always insisted on high ethical standards and providing a high level of service from everyone I hire. Copyright trolls came to my attention in late 2011 with a client targeted by the now-infamous Prenda law firm. Beginning with my background in litigation, I voraciously read all I could about copyright law and the methods being used by the trolls. I continue to personally research developments across the country on an ongoing basis, and draw upon the growing knowledge of my attorney associates — including one with a specialized intellectual property legal education. When a new issue arises, our law clerk, who is also currently an Intellectual Property LLM student, provides valuable extra research for our cases and for our Torrent Defenders blog.
Defending people targeted by the copyright trolls is something I enjoy in part because the law constantly changes and stays fresh. But I also think it’s an unfair fight, and there has always been something about my character that likes to fight for the little guy. I use the experience I got in the beginning of my career working for insurance company and corporate clients and apply it for the benefit of my clients today. I have excellent co-counsel in a number of states (NJ, NY, MD, DC) in addition to the number of states in which I have federal court admissions to — the federal trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and all the federal courts of Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. Federal practice allows defendants to choose their counsel from anywhere in the country, and I am pleased to be chosen by many to do so.
In addition to working vigorously to represent individual clients I am also doing a small part to advocate for needed changes in the copyright law and the federal courts’ administration of copyright cases. You can read what I think is an excellent overview of the copyright troll litigation and my suggestions for changes to the Copyright Act and the federal courts in my article Torrent Wars: Copyright trolls, legitimate IP rights, and the need for new rules vetting evidence and to amend the Copyright Act published by the Illinois State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section.
Feel free to call me for a free initial consultation about your case — a real, in depth consultation. You will gain valuable information, whether or not you choose to retain me. And if you do retain my firm, I will do my best to help you either settle or fight back within the constraints you and I agree on.
Antonelli Law Ltd.
100 North LaSalle Street Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602 US
Phone: (312) 201-8310