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October 22, 2008 Intellectual Property Challenges for the Independent Filmmaker

Robert LabateRobert J. Labate concentrates his practice in the area of developing, financing and distributing feature film and television programs. He represents production companies and industry professionals, including producers of nationally distributed feature and documentary films, screenwriters, best selling authors, talent agencies and actors in a broad spectrum of contract, financing, distribution, copyright and right of publicity issues.

Bob is an adjunct professor at DePaul University School of Law where, he teaches "Film and Television" Law. He is the immediate past chair of the Media & Entertainment Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. For the past three years Chambers USA, the legal reference guide, has named Bob as a "Leading Business Lawyer" in the area of Media and Entertainment Law and in 2006 Chambers USA named Holland & Knight LLP as the No. 1 Media and Entertainment firm in Illinois. Since 2004 Bob has been named as a "Top 5% Lawyer" in the area Arts, Entertainment and Sports by the Chicago Law Bulletin and in 2005 Bob was the subject of a profile article in the national weekly business magazine, "The Deal." For 2007 Bob was selected for "Best Lawyers in America" and was named as one of the Illinois Super Lawyers in Media and Entertainment.

Bob frequently speaks and writes on entertainment law issues. Bob is a regular speaker and panelist at seminars for lawyers and for entertainment industry professionals, including events sponsored by the American Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Forum, the Chicago Bar Association, The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Loyola Law School, DePaul School of Law, the Jacksonville Film Festival, the Independent Feature Project and the Illinois Film Office.

He is a partner in the Chicago office of Holland & Knight and is a Trial Attorney in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where, recently, he conducted a two-week jury trial to a successful result. Bob is a graduate of Yale College and of Case Western School of Law.

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