Anita’s clients and peers describe her as a “superb legal professional”, a “terrific leader”, “dependable to a fault”, “one of the best team builders I have worked with”, a “persuasive negotiator”, a “tireless advocate” and “consummate professional”.
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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1987
  • Mississippi, 1999
  • Tennessee, 2014
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Illinois: Northern
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Court

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Entertainment & Sports; Personal Injury Defense: Products; Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-2016
  • "Top 50 Women Attorneys", Mid-South Super Lawyers®, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television, 2018
    • Trademark Law, 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Deal-Making Fundamentals in the Entertainment Industry, University of Mississippi Law School, 2015-2017 
  • Adjunct Professor, Contract Drafting and Negotiations, University of Mississippi School of Law, 2014
  • Professional Skills Fellow, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Trial Attorneys of America, Worker Achievement Award, 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Oral Advocacy, Mississippi College School of Law
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Education & Honors

  • Loyola University, J.D., 1987
    • Dean’s List
    • Loyola Law Journal, Student Articles Editor
    • National Moot Court Team
    • National Mock Trial Team, Regional Champion
    • Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Leadership and Service Award
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., History, cum laude, 1984

Experience

  • Anita’s legal experience encompasses the representation of some of the world’s preeminent Fortune Global 500 corporations to established and upcoming entertainment businesses in film, television and music to cutting-edge start-up companies.   Her work spans deal-making, national litigation management, trial work and appellate litigation.  Highlights include:
  • Tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts including:
  • Tried product liability action involving pelvic mesh medical device in Arizona federal court.
  • Obtained defense verdict for chemical supplier in multi-million dollar litigation involving commercial and product liability claims by Canadian manufacturing company.
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for plaintiffs in wrongful death action involving railroad negligence.
  • Obtained defense verdict on design and construction claims concerning Chicago's former State Street Mall.
  • Tried high-profile matter involving First Amendment and national security issues concerning the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  
  • Tried Commerce Clause challenge to Chicago spray paint ban, which was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in National Spray Paint & Coatings Assn. v. City of Chicago, 45 F.3d 1124 (7th Cir. 1995).
  • ​Obtained defense verdict in negligent police pursuit action.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Pep Apparel Leads the Way: Strengthening Copyright Protection Against Knock Offs,” For the Defense, 67-71, Aug. 2017.
  • ​Author, “When Does Inspiration turn into Copyright Theft”,  DRI The Voice, Vol. 15, Issue 31 (Aug. 3, 2016).
  • Speaker, “Blurred Lines:  When Does Inspiration Turn Into Copyright Theft,”  DRI Intellectual Property Litigation Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, May 6, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Navigating the Madrid Protocol for Your Clients,”  Seminar on WIPO  Services and Initiatives, Vanderbilt University Law School, April 13, 2016.
  • Opening Speaker, “What I Learned at the Movies about Ethics and Professionalism,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Winter Conference, San Diego, CA, February 29, 2016. 
  • Author, “Trending Icons and Moments Destined to Become Iconic,” For The Defense, 57-61, Jan. 2016.  
  • Presenter, “Copyright Clearance @ The Movies,” Tennessee Intellectual Property Association, Nashville, TN, November 13, 2015. 
  • Presenter & Moderator, "How Lawyers Help Clients Monetize Their Intellectual Property in the Entertainment Industry," Mid-South Intellectual Property Annual Conference, Oxford, MS, February 27, 2015.
  • Author, "Mississippi's motion picture renaissance," Mississippi Business Journal, January 22, 2015.
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