Donald Cole has extensive experience in the fields of intellectual property and commercial contract disputes, including litigation and counseling.
In the area of intellectual property law, Mr. Cole has advised a wide variety of clients in the areas of trademark registration, protection and enforcement. He has counseled clients in negotiating, developing, drafting and implementing licensing and other contractual agreements and has counseled clients in connection with creating and implementing worldwide trademark registration and protection programs. Mr. Cole also has broad experience in prosecuting and defending trademark infringement, anti-dilution and unfair competition claims in federal courts and in connection with Internet and domain name disputes, including WIPO, UDRP, and ACPA actions.
Mr. Cole has advised clients concerning the creation, maintenance and protection of copyright interests. He also has wide experience in litigating copyright matters, including prosecuting and defending copyright infringement litigation claims in federal courts.
Mr. Cole has also advised clients in the area of trade secret protection and in connection with the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements, including covenants not to compete. Mr. Cole has worked with clients in several corporate transactions involving the transfer of rights in intellectual property and technology, and has advised clients with regard to the creation and maintenance of security interests in such rights.
In the area of commercial contract disputes, Mr. Cole's practice has focused on litigating issues that arise from the deepening credit crisis. He has counseled and litigated for commercial banks and investment banks facing defaulted or defaulting loans on major real estate projects and highly leveraged corporate acquisitions.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cole served 3.5 years as an Engineer Officer with the United States Army. During that time, Mr. Cole served in various leadership capacities, including Company Executive Officer and Platoon Leader.
Mr. Cole also serves on the adjunct faculty at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching an advanced legal writing course for Copyright and Trademark litigation.
Bar and Court Admissions
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, District of Colorado, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, Western District of Michigan, and Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Loyola University Chicago, J.D., 2009
Kenyon College, B.A., 2001
Chicago Bar Association
Cook County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Civic Involvement and Honors
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, Advanced Legal Writing for Copyright and Trademark Litigation
Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2008-2009