J.D., University of Minnesota – 1988
B.A., University of Wisconsin – 1984
Mr. Baron has significant experience in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on matters involving intellectual property, media, First Amendment, advertising, marketing and class action defense. Mr. Baron represents media and entertainment companies, advertising and marketing agencies, graphic artists, authors, publishers, recording companies and recording artists, information technology businesses, Internet service providers and other clients with intellectual property and media interests.
Mr. Baron has appeared before state and federal courts and arbitrators and mediators on matters involving defamation, privacy, copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets and to defend clients against class action claims. He also appears in administrative tribunals such as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings and WIPO domain name dispute resolution proceedings.
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Mr. Baron is licensed to practice law in Illinois and a member of the bar in Minnesota. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Seventh Circuits, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (member of Trial Bar) and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Mr. Baron is a member of the American Bar Association, and its Litigation and Intellectual Property Law Sections and Forum on Communications Law. He is also a member of the Copyright Society of the USA the Author’s Guild, the Media Law Resource Center where he serves as the Co-Chair of the Advertising and Commercial Speech Committee and the Illinois State Bar Association where he served as the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section Council, and he is a member of the Lawyer’s Club.
Mr. Baron is a frequent author and lecturer on topics involving media and intellectual property and an adjunct professor at Bradley University where he teaches a course on media theory at the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts. He is also a frequent lecturer at the DePaul University Law School Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology and a guest lecturer at John Marshall Law School, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. He is a co-author of the book Intellectual Property Law & Interactive Media – Free for a Fee (Peter Lang) and the Illinois chapter of MLRC’s 50-State Survey: Media Privacy and Related Law 2009-2013 (Oxford University Press). Mr. Baron also co-authored the published article: “Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Not Flip About The Bird”, Illinois State Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, October 2013, vol. 53, no.1.
At the University of Minnesota School of Law, Mr. Baron served as an editor on the Minnesota Law Review and was active in the Minnesota Justice Foundation, a public interest organization. Before starting his practice, Mr. Baron served as a law clerk for two Minnesota District Judges.
Mr. Baron is also active in pro bono circles. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Heartland Human Care and Services. He has also received the “Distinguished Service Award” for his volunteer work representing low income clients through the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation and presently serves as Chair of Operations of a local pro bono legal clinic.