Creative Genius Society is a biz, law + life blog for brilliant minds.
We believe that the law is never boring.
We provide fresh content covering small biz legal, productivity and work-life balance. Where else can you learn nuggets of intellectual property, social media law, contracts and enjoy a good laugh or two along the way?
Enjoy the law + life served to you like never before.
Remember, reading the blog doesn’t constitute an attorney-client relationship. Information provided is of a general nature, and not specific to state law. From time to time, I may reference Illinois law since this is where I’m licensed.
I am an attorney for creative entrepreneurs + innovative brands. I am also blawger.
I don’t color inside of the lines.
I don’t fit in boxes. I make them bulge.
I shatter lawyer(ly) stereotypes.
And, I’m not status quo. You aren’t either.
I choose to counsel + blawg for creative peeps because I love
you us. It’s plain + simple. I use the plus sign instead of “and” because I like how it looks.
Because I am dishing legal tidbits and professional wisdom, it’s only appropriate that I share a bit more. I’ll do this in the form of bullet points (Because who wants to read dense paragraphs?) I don’t.
I’ve met individually with over 300 creative entrepreneurs and gained insight on the most critical issues affecting their small businesses.
Written over 75 blog posts on legal insights and tips for creative entrepreneurs.
Participated in the American Bar Association’s Task Force to review and critique determinations by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Dished legal tips on Paul Carrick Brunson’s #MentorMonday to a global community of entrepreneurs, alongside Angela Benton of CNN Blacks in America.
Presented legal workshops for Chicago Artists Coalition,The Entrepreneur Within, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago Artists Resource, Black Public Relations Society (Chicago Social Media Week), Chicago Creative Expo, Blogging While Brown Conference, Global Mixx Music Industry Mixer, and the Chicago Urban League.
Quoted in Fortune Magazine in an article regarding food truck/tech trends and legal ish.
Served as Co-panelist for an American Bar Association webinar, “Crowdsourcing the Practice: Can Solo and Small Firms Unite via Technology to be Bigger than Big Law?”
Contributed an article to Pat Flynn’s Foodtruckr book on how food truck entrepreneurs can use the law to unlock their genius.
Participated on an advisory committee for the Chicago Artist’s Coalition Art.Business.Create 101 project. I worked with the organization to create an extensive legal education video series for artists + creative entrepreneurs. It’s available here.
Selected by the American Bar Association as 2014 “Legal Rebel”.
Contributed a blog post for Carol Roth on 3 Ways to Cover Your Tail in Business + Stay Out of Court.
Contributed a blog post for Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed on Before Your Hire a Small Business Attorney, Ask These Five Questions.
Contributed a blog post for NBC-5 Inc Well on How to Save Time + Money When Negotiating Client Contracts.
Been featured as a guest on Pat Flynn’s FoodTruckr podcast series on An Education in Food Truck Law with Patrice Perkins of Creative Genius Law.
Been featured as a guest on the artNXTLevel podcast series on Trademarks, Copyrights + How Artists Should Protect Themselves.
- Contributed a blog post for Rebecca Dickson on 4 Ways the Law Can Supercharge Your Coaching Business So You Can Impact More People + make More Cash.
I even snoop around on the internet waves to see what issues worry you the most – as you build and expand your creative biz. I take all of the insight from talking to peeps, and cyber snooping and spill it here on my blog.
When I am not working, my inspiration comes from listening to live music, cooking, exploring my city, listening to the successes and dreams of my friends and family, and traveling. I have a passion for creating memories and enjoying life and want to help others create the lives that they truly deserve. I reside in Chicago, in an ultra feminine, tiny little condo; adorned with pink, leopard print and an eclectic mix of urbane and vintage furnishings.
my not so secret sauce
- I develop legal strategies to support my clients’ big picture goals. I use the law to protect their businesses AND leverage their creativity (Go figure, the law doesn’t have to actually stifle creativity at all).
- I make sure they are never out of the loop. No, they didn’t choose to go to law school (and that’s fine) but as a business owner I want them to be empowered with an understanding of the basic legal issues at play in their businesses, so they can confidently make savvy decisions.
- I am not just a lawyer, but their legal partner. We collaborate regularly on your grand ideas and everyday business decisions to minimize risks and maximize opportunities (because they have have this secret power called Intellectual Property that I pay extra special attention too).
my claims to fame
I have been a writer for practically my entire life, starting with my neighborhood newspaper that I founded and “edited” at the tender age at 7. Oh, did I mention that I “managed” a team of four contributors?
I am a Productivity Queen.
I’m obsessed with reading biz books. On average, I read one new biz book a week. I’ve slowed down recently only because my left eye started to feel strained. Not a good thing.
Mentoring young people.
Googling the latest productivity and organization tools.
Watching movies that never quite made it to the theater…LOVE THEM. Butter is on the screen right now…
Shabby hotel rooms.
Rubbing thighs or shoulders with strangers on public transportation.
Upstairs neighbors who practice their improv at 4am.