Catherine Simmons-Gill

E: catherine@simmonsgill.com

T: 312-609-6611

F: 312-609-6610


Intellectual Property; Trademarks; Copyrights; Internet Law; Employment; Commercial Litigation and Corporate Development.
  • Admitted: 1975, Illinois, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Law School: Northwestern University, J.D., 1975
  • College: Carleton College; University of Illinois, A.B., cum laude, 1971
  • Member: Chicago Bar Association (CBA); National Employment Lawyers Association, Chicago Chapter (NELA); Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA); International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • President: International Trademark Association, 1995-1996
  • Director: John Marshall Law School Trademark Clinic 2014-2015
  • Recognitions:
    • Recipient of The Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and The Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, May 2012
    • Super Lawyers Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    • World Trademark Review World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2016 and 2017

“She pioneered a unique law school course in International Trademark Law through the cooperation of INTA and JMLS.”

Ms. Simmons-Gill’s previous positions include General Counsel of two public companies, Chief Trademark Counsel of a pharmaceutical company, partner in a Chicago law firm and Senior Counsel-Corporate Identity Counsel of Sears, Roebuck and Co. She has been actively involved in the International Trademark Association for more than 30 years, serving as its president from 1995-6. She is also a certified mediator.

As an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, she has taught numerous courses in intellectual property, including International Trademark Law, International Antitrust and Intellectual Property, Trademark and Copyright Planning and Practice, Intellectual Property Licensing at the LL.M level, and Trademark/Copyright Law at the J.D. level. See Courses Taught. Ms. Simmons-Gill also lectured and presented papers frequently. She pioneered a unique law school course in International Trademark Law through the cooperation of INTA and JMLS. The course is now given annually and features distinguished professors of trademark law around the world. From 2014-5, she was the the Director of the JMLS Trademark Clinic.

Ms. Simmons-Gill graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in June 1975 and received an A.B. degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1971. She is barred in Illinois state court, the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit, and the Court of International Trade. She also belongs to both the national and Illinois chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

  • Catherine Simmons-Gill


  • E: catherine@simmonsgill.com

    T: 312-609-6611

    F: 312-609-6610


PRACTICE AREAS

Intellectual Property; Trademarks; Copyrights; Internet Law; Employment; Commercial Litigation and Corporate Development.

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Admitted: 1975, Illinois, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Law School: Northwestern University, J.D., 1975
  • College: Carleton College; University of Illinois, A.B., cum laude, 1971
  • Member: Chicago Bar Association (CBA); National Employment Lawyers Association, Chicago Chapter (NELA); Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA); International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • President: International Trademark Association, 1995-1996
  • Director: John Marshall Law School Trademark Clinic 2014-2015
  • Recognitions:
    • Recipient of The Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and The Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, May 2012
    • Super Lawyers Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    • World Trademark Review World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2016 and 2017


“She pioneered a unique law school course in International Trademark Law through the cooperation of INTA and JMLS.”

Ms. Simmons-Gill’s previous positions include General Counsel of two public companies, Chief Trademark Counsel of a pharmaceutical company, partner in a Chicago law firm and Senior Counsel-Corporate Identity Counsel of Sears, Roebuck and Co. She has been actively involved in the International Trademark Association for more than 30 years, serving as its president from 1995-6. She is also a certified mediator.

As an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, she has taught numerous courses in intellectual property, including International Trademark Law, International Antitrust and Intellectual Property, Trademark and Copyright Planning and Practice, Intellectual Property Licensing at the LL.M level, and Trademark/Copyright Law at the J.D. level. See Courses Taught. Ms. Simmons-Gill also lectured and presented papers frequently. She pioneered a unique law school course in International Trademark Law through the cooperation of INTA and JMLS. The course is now given annually and features distinguished professors of trademark law around the world. From 2014-5, she was the the Director of the JMLS Trademark Clinic.

Ms. Simmons-Gill graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in June 1975 and received an A.B. degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1971. She is barred in Illinois state court, the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit, and the Court of International Trade. She also belongs to both the national and Illinois chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.